On Oct. 8, 2023, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Three Hills RCMP responded to a break and enter in progress while the home owner was home and hiding inside. Members arrived at the residence and observed suspects fleeing the area in a vehicle. Three Hills RCMP located the vehicle and one male suspect after he lit a fire to a farm field to try and evade police. The male was arrested shortly after and identified by police. Police confirmed the vehicle was stolen and officers located break and enter tools and stolen property inside the vehicle.
30-year-old Joseph Vincent a resident of Sylvan Lake has been charged with:
- Arson – Damage to Property
- Break and Enter Residence
- Possession of Break-in Instruments
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
- Provincial Trespass
Following a Judicial Interim Release Hearing, Vincent was remanded into custody to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Oct. 13, 2023.
Three Hills RCMP Detachment Commander Sgt. Jamie Day stated “I am proud of the responding members from the Three Hills Detachment. A lot of work went into catching this offender and I am, thankful that no one was hurt during the incident. This demonstrates the importance, effectiveness and dedication from our members. Three Hills RCMP remains fully committed in building safer communities by working in partnership with our community as well as through investigative and enforcement efforts to achieve this goal. An instrumental tool that aided the investigation, was camera footage provided by the victims linking the individual to multiple incidents. I would like to thank Southern Alberta District Crime Analyst for his assistance providing intel that was critical to the investigation.”