Tuesday, January 15 was a busy day in Drumheller for the RCMP and its residents.
The morning started off with a semi rollover that shut down Highway 27 west of the Morrin Corner, then four people were arrested in Newcastle on firearm charges.
The mayhem continued into the morning when a Fountain Tire service truck was stolen from the service centre.
"The accused in this incident used another vehicle to back through the bay of Fountain Tire and stole the vehicle from that," explained Corporal Gerald Sherk from the Drumheller RCMP. "Last night we were called to deal with a male out of town in one of our rural areas. Upon arresting this male, there was a significant amount of evidence which was connected to the Fountain Tire incident from yesterday as well as some other property crime in the area in other jurisdictions."
Later in the evening, the burgundy Ford F350 that was used to smash into the bay door was involved in rural fuel thefts around Munson which culminated in a male being apprehended at a farm and the truck seized.
"We found it up in that area. The person was trying to get the vehicle going and that is where the one male was taken into custody. There were some serious medical concerns which resulted in him being attended to by ambulance and subsequently taken to Red Deer Hospital, where he continues to be under RCMP guard."
Sherk goes on to say that the investigation is still ongoing, and there was a significant amount of stolen property to go through to see what charges will be laid on the man.
As for the staff at Fountain Tire, everyone was shaken up but is now dealing with the aftermath of the event. Joanne Hodgeson, Owner of Fountain Tire Drumheller, said that replacing the damaged bay door will cost a pretty penny.
"It was very gutsy for the guy that did this because it was at 6:50 am in the morning and lots of traffic starting to move at that time in the morning. They just backed up to the door, drove through it and took my service truck," she continued.
The stolen Fountain Tire truck has since been linked to a rash of offences in the Three Hills to Bashaw area and police are looking for the public’s assistance in locating the truck and suspect.
If located RCMP urge the public to not approach the suspect. There is reason to believe the suspect is armed and dangerous.
Please contact 911 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).