An Airdrie man has helped nab several suspects in a Ford F350 chop shop crime spree. The man had reported his Ford F350 stolen and used Kijiji to help find the suspects’ location. He was looking for a slip tank and found an ad on the website with the sale location on Range Road 261 and near Township Road 443.
Upon arrival the victim saw his truck being taken apart. The suspects claimed they were upgrading the truck for a friend. The Airdrie man called police who arrived at the location and while conducting their investigation a second suspect arrived with another stolen Ford F350.
On April 2, Ponoka and Rimbey RCMP searched a rural property west of Ponoka and found another stolen Ford F350, two stolen trailers and stolen auto parts. Charges are pending against several individuals as police have found at least five Ford F350s they believe to be part of the chop shop.
Man stabbed in dispute
Police responded to complaints of yelling and screaming at a room at the Oasis Motel March 31 at 8 a.m. Officers found a 56-year-old man with a laceration on his head and a 44-year-old woman in the room.
After some investigation police also found stab wounds and bruises on the victim’s legs from earlier disputes. One cut was an inch and a half long and had been untreated for some time.
Both the man and woman were visibly drunk and police believe alcohol was a factor in the disputes. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for his wounds and the woman faces two charges of aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm. She has been remanded in custody.
Stolen slip tank
Police are looking for suspects related to the theft of a red slip tank stolen on the evening of March 24. The tank was taken from a pickup truck on 39 Avenue west of Highway 2 and had 450 litres of diesel in it.
A 39-year-old man from Red Deer was charged with impaired driving March 31. He provided two blood-alcohol samples of .21 and .20 after failing a roadside check. The man was driving at 136 km/h on Secondary Highway 611 near Highway 2 with a 2006 GMC Sierra, which prompted police to pull him over.
Commercial truck fire
Ponoka firefighters and police responded to a call of a commercial truck and trailer on fire March 28 at 6:15 p.m. south of Secondary Highway 611 on Highway 2.
The vehicle was a 2006 Dodge Ram that had broken down on the highway and the driver had left the truck to seek some help when he noticed black smoke emanating from the cab. It is believed to have been caused by a transfer case that overheated.