Justice has been served for two criminals causing havoc around the valley.
In the early morning hours of October 11, 2018, a call was made to the Drumheller RCMP about a suspicious vehicle in Kneehill County. Upon their arrival, police arrested one man in a stolen vehicle and continued to look for other suspects.
A male and female were located but fled from police.
"We had a heavy police presence out by Horseshoe Canyon, and people took notice of that. Later that day one our officers were able to get eyes on two of the suspects we were looking for. She did notify them they were under arrest and they fled from her in that point in another stolen vehicle," explained Corporal Rachel Pergunas. "We got warrants for their arrest and they were picked up for another incident in the Airdrie area."
The pair were located in Airdrie on October 22.
34-year-old Shelby Sleith is charged with resist /obstruction of a peace officer and possession of a stolen vehicle and 31 year-old Alexandru Sariu is facing resist/ obstruction of a peace officer and two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Sariu has had some complications with the law before when he was at the head of a high-speed chase hauling a stolen boat and trailer near Irricana in August. He lost control of the vehicle and caused the boat to fly off the trailer into the ditch. He was later tracked down by a police dog and the HAWCS helicopter out of Calgary.
"This the behavior, we find we are dealing with the same group of individuals over and over again. We catch them and we charge them. Unfortunately, they do their time and get released and go back to it," continued Pergunas.
Nonetheless, she is happy with how one call from a concerned citizen led to a bigger picture.
"We are really grateful. We are getting a lot of tips from the public when they do see suspicious behavior. People are reluctant to call in, but if you are not really sure if it is super important, we want to know. You never know what little piece of information is going to tie all of this stuff together. Usually, when they hit one place, they will hit another," thanked Pergunas.