At approximately noon on May 19, the Priority Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant on a rural property in the area of Range Road 284 and Township Road 374. The search warrant came after a targeted task force investigation related to stolen vehicles and other stolen property. Task force members from Red Deer and Blackfalds executed the search warrant, with support and equipment from Ponoka RCMP, Innisfail RCMP and Police Dog Services.
Police seized stolen property including five trucks, four quads, three motorcycles, construction supplies including window glass, a trailer filled with tools, more large quantities of tools, three rifles and a sawed off shotgun. RCMP continue to look for a 2013 Dodge Viper they believe is connected to this investigation; the Viper was reported stolen from a rural residence near Burnt Lake Trail on May 17. This vehicle was originally white, but police believe it may have been spray painted black.
One man was taken into custody without incident at the residence and RCMP continue to actively investigate.
RCMP will release an update as the investigation unfolds, including the name of the man taken into custody and charges against him once those charges have been sworn before the courts.
The Priority Crimes Task Force is made up of members from Red Deer RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS), Sylvan Lake, Innisfail and Blackfalds RCMP detachments. The task force is committed to increased inter-agency communication, shared criminal intelligence and a strategic focus on prolific property crimes offenders, in keeping with the K Division emphasis on crime reduction strategies.