Ponoka RCMP work with OnStar to nab car thieves

Police investigated an incident at McDonald’s June 21 at 8:30 a.m. where a man and a woman had slept the night in the café

Police investigated an incident at McDonald’s June 21 at 8:30 a.m. where a man and a woman had slept the night in the café and harassed some customers.

The couple had since left and while police were taking a statement from employees a 2011 GMC Sierra was stolen from the Extra Foods parking lot.

It appears the same people who were at the restaurant had taken the truck after seeing it running with the keys in the ignition. With the help of OnStar police were able to find the truck and turn it off on Secondary Highway 815.

As a result, a 22-year-old woman from Edmonton and a 21-year-old man from Saskatchewan were arrested. The man claimed to be tired of walking everywhere. The plates from the truck were taken off and sandbags and a golf club set were thrown out. The man was charged with theft of a truck under $5,000 and not having a licence. The woman was charged with theft under $5,000 and resisting and obstructing an officer. Police say they admitted to using crystal meth.

Caught watching pornography

A 51-year-old man faces charges of committing indecent acts and possession of a controlled substance after being found pleasuring himself in his 1991 GMC Sonoma June 23 at 3 a.m. He was found masturbating to pornography on his laptop and smoking crystal meth and claimed to have used the wireless Internet signal from a hotel.

Copper thieves nabbed

Police pulled over a 2006 Pontiac Vibe June 22 at 1:30 a.m. northbound on Highway 2A because it was being driven too slowly. The occupants of the vehicle were hauling approximately 500 pounds of copper pipe sticking out of the back of the car and were unable to provide a reasonable explanation as to why it was there.

One person claimed they were taking it to his father in Red Deer but could not say why they were driving north to Hobbema. A subsequent phone call to the father showed he had no idea the pipes were coming to him. Further investigation found the pipes were taken from the construction site at the Ponoka Composite High School.

Three men aged 19, 22 and 24 from Red Deer were arrested and charged with theft over $5,000.

Man runs over puppy

Police were called to help with an abandoned puppy June 19 at 12 p.m. Witnesses claim a man in a white vehicle dropped off two puppies on 54 Street and then drove over one puppy, killing it, but missed the other. There are no further details on the incident.

Hit and run

Police are looking for a Caucasian man with blonde hair after an alleged hit and run June 20 at 1 a.m. at the four-way stop near 7-11. He was driving a blue dually extended cab pickup and apparently collided with a driver of a Dodge Caravan.

Motorcycle theft

A Yamaha 80 motorcycle went missing from an unlocked garage on 63 Avenue and 50 A Street overnight June 19. Police are looking for suspects.

Man assaulted

A 29-year-old man received an unwelcome assault June 25 at 5 p.m. after calling a 26-year-old man a “F-ing hillbilly.” The 26-year-old man became upset and allegedly assaulted the 29-year-old. The suspect was charged with assault causing bodily harm.

Shoplifter detained

Staff at a downtown store detained a 43-year-old native woman after she tried to take clothing from the store June 21 at 1:30 p.m. She was hiding the clothing in her coat but was found and stopped by staff. She was arrested for shoplifting.

If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.