Repeat offender arrested in alleged theft near Joffre

Ponoka man remains in custody following another run in with police

A Ponoka man that is well known to police in central Alberta is in custody after another alleged incident.

Michael Allan Richter, 39, is in remand awaiting court appearances in Wetaskiwin and Red Deer on Sept. 4, following his arrest on Aug. 29 at a rural property near Joffre.

Just after 6 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP were tipped off by a citizen about a suspicious man on a property that looked like he was attempting to steal fuel.

Officers arrived at the location a short time later and the suspect fled to a vacant neighbouring property. RCMP members set up a containment area and waiting for the police dog and handler to arrive. The dog tracked the suspect to an outbuilding, where the suspect was taken into custody by RCMP officers from both Bashaw and Blackfalds.

He was transported to the Blackfalds detachment, where the suspect was also treated by EMS for minor injuries suffered during the arrest.

Richter was also wanted on a pair of outstanding warrants in regards to several other criminal investigations in Bashaw, Rimbey, Blackfalds and Wetaskiwin spanning at least the last month. This includes an Aug. 1 incident where it’s alleged Richter broke into a rural home, stole several items include two vehicles and severely injured a dog, who ended up having to be euthanized.

As a result, he is facing 11 charges from the latest incident to go along with 30 other charges. Among the counts are: break and enter to a business with intent, possession of break-in instruments, resisting a police officer, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon while prohibited along with two counts of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and four counts of failing to comply with a probation order.

“We appreciate successful outcomes when we utilize our specialized units such as Police Dog Services,” stated Bashaw RCMP Sgt Bruce Holliday.

“This investigation drew on several components of our crime reduction strategy such as intelligence gathering, information sharing across jurisdictions and public assistance.”

Just Posted

Ponoka’s ag society board under scrutiny during AGM

About 80 people attended the society’s AGM, which saw three directors replaced

Ponoka teen pedestrian suffers injuries after pickup collision

A pickup struck a teen on residential streets in Ponoka

UPDATED: Calgary Police receive multiple bomb threats

Similar threats received across Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: Battle of Ponoka basketball action

The first ever senior high basketball league game for both Ponoka high schools was high energy

Guards injured, money stolen during overnight blast at Edmonton bank

Alberta Health Services said the injuries to the male guard were serious

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

Yellow Vests protestors take to Red Deer streets

Trudeau government’s immigration and oil industry policies denounced at rally

World Sikh Organization demands Canada prove Sikh extremism is a threat

Sikh community says this is first time such extremism has been mentioned in federal terror-threat assessment

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Most Read