PONOKA NEWS STAFF
Skid steer and trailer stolen
Ponoka RCMP is investigating the theft of a skid steer and continuous trailer from a Ponoka residence on 51 Avenue overnight of May 20th. The trailer has a license plate of 5CL744 and investigators say two men were seen driving a Ford F150 XTR to take the equipment.
Police had to deal with several reports of break-ins in Ponoka.
In one case officers received a report of a break and enter to the Ponoka Coin Laundry, which occurred Monday, May 30. The side door was destroyed and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the office. The file is currently under investigation.
Another case dealt with a complaint of break and enter on May 31 at approximately 12:43 a.m. Two men attempted to break into the Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse. When the complainant went out to see what was going on, the suspects fled the scene. Police located two male youths a short distance from the clubhouse. Both suspects were arrested for attempting to break in.
In another incident on May 31, police received a report of a break-and-enter to Andy’s Barber Shop. Suspects pried open the front door and approximately $500 worth of merchandise was taken. The file is under investigation.
The next day investigators received a complaint of a break and enter to GN Transportation. A number of oilfield sheds had been gone through and the doors left open. One truck was searched but there was no damage and nothing taken. The file currently remains under investigation.
Again on May 31, the Ponoka RCMP responded to a complaint of mischief on 48th Avenue. The complainant’s car was egged and the front windshield was smashed out. Nothing was missing from the vehicle. The file is currently under investigation.
Threats on person
On Thursday, June 2, at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Ponoka RCMP responded to a complaint of assault at a residence on 56 Avenue. Police say the suspect threatened to stab the complainant. Police attended the scene and arrested a 19-year-old female from Ponoka for assault and uttering threats.
Stolen vehicle on Highway 2
On Monday, May 30, at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit received a complaint of a stolen vehicle broke down on the side of Highway 2 in the southbound lanes. The vehicle was examined by the traffic members and did not appear to be damaged. The vehicle was subsequently towed and the owner notified. The file is currently under investigation.
Driver receives ticket for distracted driving
Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit handed a ticket for distracted driving to a motorist on their cellphone.
On Wednesday, June 1 the call came in that a white Ford F150 was driven in an erratic manner. Police say the driver was on a cellphone and went off the road into the ditch almost rolling the vehicle. The driver later regained control and came back onto the road. In the process, the vehicle sent a spray of gravel which broke the windshield of the complainant’s vehicle.
Abandoned vehicle found stolen
On Saturday, June 4 at approximately 4 a.m., police responded to several complaints of a vehicle that was left abandoned in the middle of the road by the Riverside Inn on Highway 53. The vehicle lights were left on but no one was around the vehicle. Upon further investigation it was found that the vehicle was stolen out of Lethbridge. The file is currently under investigation.
Woman found with crystal meth
Ponoka RCMP responded to a report of voices heard coming from the bush by Highway 2A near the Moose Hall.
Police attended to the scene and approached a female walking northbound on Highway 2A. The female was visibly upset and crying. She said she was in an argument with her boyfriend and had told him to drop her off on the side of the road.
Upon further investigation, it was realized that she had thrown something into the ditch. Police determined that it was a pill bottle containing what appeared to be crystal meth. The female then provided a false name to police. She was subsequently arrested and lodged into the Ponoka detachment cells.
It was later determined that the female suspect had warrants for her arrest out of Red Deer. File is currently under investigation.