On January 17 Hanna RCMP were advised of a truck that fled from Brooks RCMP members and was last seen near Pollockville.
Shortly thereafter, Hhanna RCMP began receiving complaints of the same vehicle attempting to steal fuel at rural locations. The last location was near Scapa, where the suspects had stolen a second truck out of a garage.
Residents tracked the stolen vehicles to a rural location where one truck was attempting to pull the other out of the snow. Before police arrived two shots were fired into the air by a resident in an attempt ot stop an altercation with the suspects. No one was injured.
Police arrived on scene shortly after, at which time two makes and one female were arrested. Both trucks were located at the scene, as well as several property items that are believed to be stolen.
Jesse James Den Hollander of Sherwood Park, Jimmy Delane Morsette of Red Deer, and Angela Lewis of Ponoka have all been charged with:
- Two counts of Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000.00
- Three counts of Theft Under $5,000
- Break and Enter with intent to commit an indictable offense
Both Jesse Den Hollander and Jimmy Morsette were also charged with two counts of breaching court imposed conditions.
Morsette has been remanded into custody and will be appearing in Hanna Provincial Court on February 8, 2019
Den Hollander has been remanded into custody and will be appearing in Hanna Provincial Court on April 23, 2019
Lewis was released from custody on a promise to appear and is set to appear in Hanna Provincial Court on February 27, 2019
the RCMP would like to thank the resident as their assistance is what resulted in the arrests. They would also like to caution people not to approach or pursue persons suspected of criminal activity due to the potential danger.