RCMP catch thief in the act

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Airdrie RCMP members patrolling in Luxstone Sept. 19 caught a youth in the process of attempting to steal a vehicle.

“They observed a male ducked down in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle, which is kind of suspicious,” said Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin. “It was an older model vehicle which is quite common for stolen vehicles. It had a bobcat on a trailer behind it as well.”

According to Martin, the incident took place on Luxstone Crescent at approximately 1 a.m. The vehicle the youth was attempting to steal was an older model Dodge pickup truck.

“On pulling up, the members noticed the driver’s side door lock had been damaged and there was a male trying to hide,” Martin said. “Upon further investigation, they noted the ignition had been destroyed as well.”

The youth, a 17-year-old from Olds, was arrested without incident and faces numerous charges including possession of stolen property, mischief and possession of break in tools. He cannot be named due to his age.

He was released from custody and was scheduled to make his first appearance in Airdrie Provincial Court Oct. 26. The outcome is not being released as he is a young offender.

Airdrie RCMP is asking the public for information to help identify a man responsible for the theft of gas from the Petro Canada on East Lake Crescent Sept. 17, according to Martin.

“The young Caucasian male, wearing a ball cap, dark sunglasses and a two-tone hoodie, pulled up to the Petro Canada…early in the morning, in broad daylight,” Martin said. “(He) put $92 worth of gas into his tank and took off. He was driving a Chrysler Aspen, white in colour, and the car had a stolen licence plate on it. It’s probably safe to surmise the vehicle was stolen as well.”

According to Martin, the incident took place at approximately 8:45 a.m.

Airdrie Specs Optometry located on Main Street has once again been the victim of crime, according to Martin.

At approximately 1:11 p.m. Aug. 31, Martin said a man entered the store and stole several pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses with an estimated value of $600 before leaving on foot.

“He wasn’t observed getting into any vehicle that we know of,” Martin said. “Eyeglasses/sunglasses are kind of a high value item – they’re small and easy to sell – so they are targeted by thieves.”

RCMP describes the man as being in his mid 30s with blond hair, approximately 5’10” tall, wearing a blue Vans hoodie.

Airdrie Rural RCMP was called out to the northbound lanes of Highway 2 Sept. 25 at approximately 4 a.m. to deal with a runaway equine, according to Martin.

“We received two or three calls, primarily from truck drivers. They located a horse galloping down the middle lane of Highway 2 near Balzac,” he said. “For fear of the horse getting injured or causing a collision, the truck drivers were able to corral and kind of push the horse into the ditch with the use of their trucks. They were able to get the trucks off the road as well to ensure traffic could flow.”

According to Martin, one of the truck drivers used a tow strap to make a temporary harness and remained with the animal until RCMP determined how to remove it safely from the roadway.

“RCMP members had a lot of help from the public in holding onto the horse and keeping it calm. It took a couple of hours before they were able to locate some resources to assist with transporting the horse,” Martin said. “RCMP don’t really have resources for hauling horses around.”

An employee of Airdrie Towing & Recovery arrived with his personal horse trailer and transported the animal back to Airdrie, where RCMP was able to return it to its owner who eventually contacted the detachment.

“The horse was being boarded at the Century Downs Casino so it hadn’t run too far from home,” Martin said. “The horse was having a great time horsing around.”

If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at tipsubmit.com

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