On February 21, 2018 at 5:43 p.m., the Hanna RCMP received a call of suspicious activity.
The complainant reported that they encountered a stranded motorist south of Hanna that had run out of fuel. The complainant gave the stranded motorist a ride to Hanna due to the cold weather and then called the RCMP because they thought the circumstances to be suspicious.
RCMP members located the vehicle that had run out of fuel and confirmed it was stolen from Delia. The suspect, a 34 year old female from the Drumheller area, was located and arrested. She has been charged with possessing stolen property and theft of a motor vehicle. She was released after a bail hearing and is scheduled to be in court again on March 28, 2018 in Hanna.
On February 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. the Hanna RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious male in Youngstown. A second call came in at 9:00 PM about the same male that was now at the Cactus Corner truck stop. Members attended the truck stop and located the suspect along with a vehicle that was stolen out of the Calgary area. The suspect, a 24 year old male from Calgary, was arrested and charged for possession of a stolen vehicle and for breaching his probation. He is set for a bail hearing in Drumheller today (February 23, 2018).
On February 22, 2018 at 1:30 a.m. a vehicle struck a large landscaping rock and then a power pole in Youngstown. The truck received substantial damage as there was transmission fluid all over the ground at the scene. As a result it could not be driven. The suspect had the vehicle towed from the area and did not report the collision to the property owner or the police at the time of the incident. The driver has since been identified and has now made the required collision report. This matter is still under investigation and charges are pending.
The press release noted, “It is important to point out that the first two occurrences above were the direct result of a community members reporting activity they believed to be suspicious. If it wasn't for these reports it is likely the illegal activity would have went unsolved. RCMP would like to thank the community for their assistance and encourages people to report activity that they believe is suspicious."