On August 24th, 2020 at approximately 8:00 am a Dodge 2500 pickup truck with two dirt bikes in the box was stolen from the Pine Lake area and was reportedly traveling toward Delburne. RCMP were quickly put on alert as they proceeded to look for the truck. According to posts on Lightcatch the truck went on an extensive trip throughout Central Alberta.
The suspect(s) were observed in Penhold around 10 am before heading north on Highway 2A and arriving in the Ponoka area. The truck was then spotted multiple times in Ponoka before continuing on to Camrose. During which the police continued to pursue the vehicle, often only a short distance away, utilizing spike belts and a helicopter in addition to ground units.
By 6:30 pm reports were being made that the suspect vehicle had been seen near New Norway and then Donalda. The suspects left Donalda and made their way south to the Red Willow area where they abandoned the initially stolen vehicle and then stole a white dodge truck, abandoning the first vehicle and continuing to attempt to escape the police.
RCMP continued to pursue the suspect(s) and one report (unconfirmed) via Lightcatch mentioned a suspect in custody while another still evaded arrest. A heavy police presence remained in the area and multiple police vehicles could be observed traveling at a high rate of speed with emergency indicators illuminated and sirens engaged throughout the Stettler area as the pursuit continued.
During the ongoing incident, the suspects tore up local resident’s fields, destroyed trees, power poles and damaged fences were left in their wake as the RCMP did their best to bring the situation under control.
At approximately 11 pm it was reported that a white dodge truck had left the road and was in the ditch approximately 3 miles south of Stettler and surrounded by police, with members also observed in the field near the scene. The matter had come to a close and no one was reported injured as a result of the incident.
Suspects remain in custody at this time and no further information is currently available.
This article was written utilizing information and photos from the Lightcatch application.