Airdrie RCMP had a busier than normal weekend Dec. 16 and 17, working with the Calgary Police Service (CPS) to make arrests in two different crimes, according to Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin.
At approximately 10 p.m. on Dec. 16, Airdrie RCMP was notified the CPS HAWCS helicopter was following a stolen vehicle from Calgary into its jurisdiction. With the help of HAWCS, Airdrie RCMP and the RCMP Police Dog Services were able to stop the vehicle and arrest the driver, a 21-year-old woman from Calgary. According to Martin, CPS then took over the investigation. The name of the woman is not being released at this time.
Approximately at hour later, witnesses reported seeing a man driving erratically on Symons Valley Road.
“This driver was driving all over the road at inconsistent speeds, changing lanes. He even was doing some U-turns for no apparent reason,” Martin said. “Airdrie RCMP was able to locate the vehicle and several members moved in on the area and he made several attempts to avoid being stopped.”
RCMP deployed a spike belt and the vehicle’s tires were deflated.
“He got out and tried to flee on foot and it wasn’t long before he was tackled by an Airdrie RCMP member and arrested,” Martin said.
A 52-year-old man from Calgary faces charges of impaired driving due to drugs, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police. Martin said his name was not being released because the charges had yet to be sworn before the court.
At approximately 1 a.m. Dec. 17, Airdrie RCMP received a number of complaints regarding suspicious behaviour in the Ravenswood community in Airdrie’s southeast.
Witnesses reported seeing a man and a woman stealing and then abandoning vehicles in the neighbourhood and also seeing a truck being used to ram another truck in an attempt to move it.
“The complainant did go approach the suspects who explained they’d run out of gas or something like that,” Martin said. “RCMP (was) notified and members descended on the area.”
RCMP determined the truck being used to ram the other truck was stolen and later spotted it on Kingsview Boulevard heading south at a high rate of speed. HAWCS and the RCMP Police Dog Services were called in to assist when the truck became stuck and the occupants took off on foot. Ultimately, RCMP was unable to locate the two culprits.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200.
While executing a search warrant at an apartment on Kingsland Road Dec. 14, Airdrie RCMP was able to recover several stolen items.
According to Martin, RCMP initially responded to a number of complaints regarding a disturbance at the apartment complex. The members brought the male suspect back to the Airdrie detachment.
“The male was making attempts to prove his innocence to the RCMP so he had a camera with video on it and started showing (it to) the investigating member,” Martin said. “In the video, there was drugs, drug paraphernalia, some very strange objects that you wouldn’t think the male subject would actually own or possess. So some questions were asked of him and he became a little agitated.”
The RCMP member decided to check the serial number of the camera the suspect had been using to show them the videos and determined it was also stolen.
A search warrant was obtained and RCMP was able to link the stolen items to a break and enter that had occurred in Calgary. Martin said the investigation is on-going and more information will be released as it becomes available. The name of the suspect is not being released by RCMP, according to Martin.
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