On June 7, Ponoka RCMP members made arrests and seized contraband from vehicles following a traffic stop on 67 St. and Hwy. 53.
At 12:50 a.m., RCMP members patrolling Ponoka observed suspicious behaviour between subjects in two different vehicles. Males were seen to get into a truck and drive away. A traffic stop was initiated and the responding RCMP members noted what appeared to be break-in instruments in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, Kraig Jacobi was arrested for possession of break-in instruments. The passenger of the vehicle, Kyle Rasmussen was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Leduc.
A search of the vehicle led the RCMP to seize a large amount of tools including bolt cutters, a crowbar, drills and other items associated with break-ins. Also seized were numerous knives, an axe, bear spray, and a stolen, loaded .308 calibre rifle along with a case full of ammunition for the rifle, as well as various other items. The rifle was determined to be previously stolen out of Grande Prairie.
The second, unoccupied vehicle was searched and RCMP seized knives, machetes and bolt cutters.
Kyle Rasmussen (29) of Red Deer is charged with eight criminal charges including three counts of fail to comply with a release order, possession of break-in instruments, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Kraig Robert Jacobi (29) of Red Deer is charged with nine criminal charges including possession of a weapon obtained by crime, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and four counts of failing to comply with a release condition.
Both Accused had a judicial interim release hearing. Jacobi is remanded in custody for court on June 16, 2020. Rasmussen is released on several conditions with a court date of July 24, 2020.
“We intend to drive down crime in Ponoka with focused attention on suspicious activity and repeat offenders,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley, Ponoka RCMP Detachment Commander.
“Our business is about crime reduction and crime prevention. We’re pleased to have secured a substantial amount of dangerous items during this traffic stop.”
– Submitted by Alberta RCMP Media Relations