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Bonnyville RCMP Report: Vehicle thefts, break and enters keep police busy


BONNYVILLE - The Bonnyville RCMP have been kept busy with a number of break and enters and thefts.

Just after midnight on June 20, police received a report that someone was breaking into the Esso gas station in La Corey.

Members found a broken window when they arrived but the suspect had already fled the scene, stealing some scratch tickets.

The suspect was wearing a black full face helmet, black jacket, and grey pants.

That same day, at 2:41 p.m., a local homeowner was alerted by one of his neighbours when it appeared someone had broken into his shed and stolen his riding lawnmower.

The left occurred on Township Rd. 603A in the Rge. Rd. 451 block.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to contact the Bonnyville RCMP at 780-343-7200.

Vehicles stolen, damaged

Local RCMP received a number of reports about vehicles being damaged or stolen over the past week.

On June 19, just after 7 a.m., a complainant called police after someone broke into his truck in the parking lot of the Western Budget Motel and caused damage. The truck owner told officers the suspect drove away in a burgundy/rusty red hatchback SUV, either a Durango or Jeep.

That same morning, police received another report about a work truck being stolen from the Neighbourhood Inn. A member reviewed the video surveillance and was able to see the suspect stealing the truck.

The stolen vehicle was recovered a short time later in Cold Lake. No charges have been laid at this point.

The next day, on June 20, a complainant called RCMP at 3 p.m. about the attempted theft of his vehicle overnight at the Co-op Cardlock in Bonnyville. The vehicle, a white 2005 Chevrolet Uplander, had the steering ignition damaged and appeared to have been punched.

Another resident also had the ignition damaged on his 1999 GMC Sierra during an attempted theft.

On June 23, around 8:30 a.m., the complainant reported that the incident happened while the vehicle was parked in front of his home on 45 St. A silver cigarette case was left behind on the seat during the attempted theft. Investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Woman bites officer during arrest

While trying to arrest a woman for breaching her release conditions, she started biting the hand of one of the members "very forcefully" and refusing to let go.

RCMP received a call about the 43-year-old female on June 22 at 5 p.m. Officers went to the residence and attempted to place the woman under arrest, when she latched onto the member's hand.

After a short struggle, RCMP were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and under control. The member was wearing protective gloves and wasn't seriously injured.

The woman was brought back to cells and, after a judicial interim release hearing, she was released on a no cash release order with a court date in Bonnyville.

RCMP respond after resident threatened

A resident called Bonnyville RCMP on June 25 after a 37-year-old man came to his house and threatened to kill him.

The complainant told police that the suspect, who was known to the complainant, was becoming violent.

Officers arrived and found the man, who appeared to be under the influence of illicit drugs. During the interaction with the suspect, members suspected he had ingested a significant amount of drugs.

EMS was called and the man was transported to hospital to be assessed.

He was released from police custody on an undertaking to appear in Bonnyville court.

Police nab drunk drivers

An officer noticed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed through the Sportsman Trailer Park on June 20, and initiated a traffic stop.

The driver, a 34-year-old Cold Lake man, failed the roadside screening device. He was arrested and taken to the Bonnyville detachment where he provided two breath samples.

He was later released on a notice to appear in Bonnyville court, facing two charges of operating a motor vehicle while impaired and operating while impaired by alcohol over 80 mg.

On June 21 at 4:30 a.m. Bonnyville RCMP observed a silver sedan travelling at a high rate of speed on 54 Ave. Members stopped the vehicle, and the 19-year-old Bonnyville driver failed the mandatory alcohol screening.

The driver was taken to the Bonnyville detachment and provided two samples of his breath, blowing over the legal limit. He faces four charges, including operation of a motor vehicle while impaired, operation while impaired over 80 mg, transporting liquor in an open container, and driving at an unreasonable speed.

He was released from police custody on a notice to appear in court.

Suspended driver found with meth

After initiating a traffic stop with a vehicle that didn't have a matching license plate, Bonnyville RCMP found the driver was suspended and the vehicle was not registered or insured.

The 41-year-old Kehewin driver was arrested and brought back to the police vehicle. During their search, officers found a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine.

The man was transported back to Bonnyville cells and later released on an appearance notice for court in Bonnyville.