On Saturday, April 6, 2024, at 6:10 p.m., Wetaskiwin RCMP located a stolen GMC 1 ton vehicle at the Bear Hills truck stop in Bear Hills, Alta.

After determining the vehicle was stolen, responding officers requested assistance from the Alberta Real Time Operations Centre (RTOC), RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) for a Tactical Vehicle Intervention Technique (TVIT), and deployed a Tire Deflation Device (TDD).

The suspect immediately rammed past the PDS vehicle disabling it. The stolen vehicle fled the area south bound on Hwy 2.  Police were able to successfully deploy resources from Central Alberta District and the Red Deer Crime Reduction Unit to covertly monitor the vehicle. Once south of Red Deer, assistance was provided by Calgary Police Service – HAWK One.  

Police were able to locate and successfully apprehend the vehicle and suspect on Hwy 2 at the 40th Avenue overpass south of Airdrie. The RCMP ERT Team was successful in conducting a second Tactical Vehicle Intervention, deploying an additional Tire Deflation Device at Hwy 2 and Secondary Hwy 72 to bring the flight from police event to a conclusion.

No officers or subjects involved were injured during this incident.

The investigation continues.  Additional updates may be issued.  

If you have any information about this crime or those responsible you are asked to contact the Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780‐312‐7200 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1‐800‐222‐8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or using the “P3 TIPS” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.