Police Beat: Vehicle thief rams cop car


Two idling vehicles stolen in one day

The driver of a stolen SUV rammed a police car and several other parked cars to escape arrest.

At around 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 the St. Albert RCMP was actively trying to locate stolen vehicles when they noticed a stolen Mercedes SUV in the parking lot of Paul Kane High School. The silver 2009 Mercedes had been stolen earlier that day, at around 6:45 a.m. while it was idling on Foxborough Gardens.

The parking lot was empty and the RCMP activated their emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver drove into the police car instead. The Mercedes damaged the police car and hit several other parked cars as it pushed past them and left the parking lot.

The RCMP did not pursue the vehicle due to the dangerous behaviour shown by the suspect.

The SUV was one of two vehicles stolen that day. Just before 9 a.m. the RCMP received a report of a stolen 2009 brown Ford F150 truck that had been parked idling on Sheridan Drive. On Feb. 22 the truck was found parked in an underground parking lot on Grange Drive.

The Mercedes SUV has not been recovered.

The RCMP are reminding residents to lock their vehicles when they are warming them up. Nearly half of all vehicle thefts in Alberta over the past year have had the keys left inside.

Theft at liquor store 

The Morinville RCMP is investigating after thieves bashed in the front windows of a liquor store and pulled the security bars off with a vehicle.

On Feb. 17 at around 4:40 a.m. thieves broke into the Great Canadian Liquor Store in Morinville and stole a large quantity of liquor.

Surveillance video was obtained and three unidentified suspects were seen in a light coloured Dodge mini van with a missing back passenger side hub cap.

Around 40 minutes prior to the break and enter the RCMP identified three suspects on surveillance video outside of a business on 98th Street and 98th Avenue in the Morinville industrial area going through equipment.

The first suspect is a male who is described as having a thin build, who was wearing white coveralls (a Tyvek suit), white mask, black hood, dark ball cap with a white insignia and black and white gloves.

The second suspect is described as a male with blue coveralls with yellow and grey reflective markings, a light coloured baseball hat that may have had sunglasses resting on the brim and yellow gloves. The man had a black balaclava covering his face.

The third man was wearing dark blue coveralls with a hood, a skeleton mask and possibly wearing a vest or backpack.

Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.


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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.