A man has been charged in relation to selling stolen property following a complaint earlier this month.
Back on Sept. 19, a report was made about someone using Kijiji to allegedly sell stolen goods online.
That tip led police to enter into an investigation, resulting in the RCMP arranging to meet the sellers three days later. After it was confirmed the item the two individuals had presented for sale was actually reported stolen, a man and a woman were placed under arrest.
As of now, only 42-year-old Cory Twins of the Louis Bull First Nation is facing charges in the incident. He has been charged with trafficking in property obtained by crime, breach of probation and driving while disqualified. Twins was denied bail and was remanded in custody.
The investigation continues.
The Ponoka RCMP are pleased the situation was reported, which allowed them to gather the necessary evidence to effect an arrest and recover the stolen property.
In addition, if someone is the subject of a theft, and there is reason to believe that property is being posted for sale – contact the nearest police department immediately.
Multiple thefts and break ins
The Ponoka RCMP detachment has received multiple complaints of vehicles, sheds and garages broken into.
Police ask the general public to be aware this is occurring in our area and to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. The public is advised to lock their vehicles and property and take items of value out of their vehicles.
Motion activated outdoor lights also deter criminal activity.
Vehicle crashes into fence and trailer
On Sept. 19 the Ponoka RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident which occurred on 53 Avenue.
An eastbound vehicle was trying to turn into the alleyway of 53 Avenue. The vehicle was travelling at an unsafe speed and the driver could not make the turn into the alleyway.
The vehicle crashed into the fence and a travel trailer. The driver of the vehicle sustained head injuries and was transported to the Ponoka Hospital. The driver was charged with careless driving.
Hit and run
On Sept. 13, the Ponoka RCMP responded to a hit and run that occurred at the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot.
The complainant reports that sometime during the day someone struck her vehicle and fled the scene. The complainant noticed that the vehicle was in a diagonal position and the tail light was broken with pieces laying on the ground. There was a dent on the driver’s side quarter panel with white paint left on the vehicle.
File is currently under investigation.
On Sept. 28, the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit responded to a complaint of vehicles racing on Highway 2.
Both vehicles were BMW sedans travelling at a high rate of speed. The officers set up at Highway 2 and 2A by Lacombe awaiting the vehicles. A steady reading of 158 km/h was recorded for the first vehicle and 156 km/h for the second.
A traffic stop was conducted and the first driver, a 24-year-old woman from Crossfield, who was charged with speeding, failing to provide a police officer with an insurance card and plate improperly issued. The second driver, a 25-year-old man from Caroline, was charged with speeding.
On Sept. 29, the Ponoka RCMP attended to a multiple vehicle accident on Highway 2 North of Highway 53.
Upon police arrival two vehicles were located in a grassy area of the median. A southbound truck had clipped one of the vehicles, which caused two other vehicles to collide. The truck then fled the scene of the accident. No injuries were reported in this incident.
Items stolen from church
On Sept. 30, unknown suspects broke into the Meadowbrook church located on Secondary Highway 792 and stole the church sound equipment. File is currently under investigation.
On Oct. 1, the RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle theft that had occurred overnight at the Western Budget Hotel.
The complainant had parked the vehicle at the hotel. Sometime during the evening hours the vehicle was stolen. There was a skateboard and work clothes in the vehicle.
The RCMP were then called to a rural break and enter on Range Road 260 where the skateboard and work clothes were found. The vehicle was subsequently recovered in the Red Deer area.
On Oct. 1, the Ponoka RCMP responded to a complaint of a theft of ATV from a rural residence on Township Road 444.
A 2005 Yamaha Grizzly 660 was taken from the premises. The quad was seen heading northbound on Range Road 251 into the Maskwacis area. File is currently under investigation.
If you have information, please call the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.