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Bonnyville RCMP members respond five vehicle thefts in nine days

From Sept. 24 to Oct. 3, the RCMP were dispatched to over 200 calls. Of those calls, one involved an assault with a weapon and another a break and enter in progress. 
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BONNYVILLE — Since Sept. 24, the Bonnyville RCMP officers have responded to five reports of vehicle theft, while four other calls involved vehicles being broken into and having items stolen from them.   

On Sept. 30, a 31-year-old male from Cold Lake was reported to have stolen a family member’s 2015 Grey Dodge Ram Truck. 

According to RCMP, “This truck has not yet been recovered and bears Alberta licence plate CGN 2863.  The 31-year-old male has been charged and there is a warrant out for his arrest.” 

On Sunday, another suspect stole a 2003 blue Chevrolet truck. A 21-year-old female from Frog Lake has been charged with the theft of the truck and a warrant for her arrest is pending. The truck has since been recovered in Cold Lake, according to police. 

Two other trucks were stolen and have not yet been recovered by police. A red Ford F350 with the Alberta licence plate CCM 1063 was taken from the area of Twp 614 and RR 450 on Sept. 29, and on Sept. 27 a dark blue 2002 GMC Sierra truck bearing Alberta licence plate BPJ 8583 was stolen from the 4700 block of 41 St. in Bonnyville. 

RCMP are asking that anyone with any knowledge of the whereabouts of these outstanding stolen vehicles to contact their local police. They are also reminding residents to ensure their vehicles are locked when parked and that the keys are never left inside an unattended vehicle. 

Duo charged with break and enter 

In the early morning of Sept. 25, Bonnyville RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress. At 3:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business located at the 5800 block of 56 Ave. in Bonnyville. 

According to RCMP, two suspects were located and were in possession of break-in tools and a knife. One of the suspects was also found to have outstanding warrants.   

A 31-year-old male from St. Paul is charged with breaking and entering a business, possession of break-in instruments and two counts of failing to comply with a previous release condition.   

A 42-year-old female from Bonnyville is charged with breaking and entering a business.   

Both suspects were arrested and brought before a Justice of the Peace who released them, states the Bonnyville RCMP report. Both individuals are set to appear in court on Oct. 19.    

Assault with a weapon 

On Sunday evening at about 7:30 p.m., RCMP were called to the scene of an assault involving two men from Bonnyville, one of whom was in possession of a machete. 

Bonnyville RCMP have charged a 53-year-old male with assault with a weapon. He was then released on an Undertaking to Appear in Court in November. 

Three drivers caught without vehicle insurance 

In a nine-day period, RCMP issued three “No Insurance” violation tickets. 

The first violation ticket was handed on out on Sept. 25 to a 31-year-old male from Glendon. 

“A second occurred on Sept. 26 when RCMP members on patrol recognized a local 55-year-old male who was wanted on warrants driving a minivan in town,” according to RCMP. “The male fled from police in his vehicle to his house where he hid from RCMP. A warrant to enter his residence was granted and members entered and arrested him without further incident. The warrants were executed and the male was additionally charged with driving without insurance.” 

The third incident occurred on Oct. 3 when a St. Paul traffic services member conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle that had a licence plate that was not registered. A further investigation by RCMP revealed the vehicle was not insured either.  

According to police, at the time of the traffic stop, the driver was not able to provide ID and was arrested when a weapon was located beside his driver’s seat.   

The 29-year-old male driver from Primate, Sask. was charged with driving without insurance, driving without registration and misuse of licence plate. Also in the vehicle was a 29-year-old female passenger who was found to have outstanding warrants based in Cochrane. She was also arrested.    

Motor vehicle collisions 

Over the nine-day stretch, Bonnyville RCMP received reports of seven motor vehicle collisions.  Of the seven collisions, six involved animal road crossings with deer, moose and livestock. 

A collision involving two vehicles that occurred in an intersection remains under investigation by police.