Suspects from Ponoka charged in pawn shop theft

Ponoka RCMP say the two face several charges from Stampede Pawn incident

Ponoka RCMP charged two suspects with several violations from a Stampede Pawn break-in.

Police say that on March 7 a call of a break and enter at the Stampede Pawn shop determined that the main door had been breached where vehicles and other items were stolen.

“Police were dispatched to an abandoned vehicle, on Range Road 260 north of Menaik Road, that was one of the vehicles stolen from the pawn shop,” say police.

Officers found two suspects in a nearby field where they fled the scene, say police. Ponoka RCMP found them in Ponoka later on.

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They face numerous charges including the theft of a truck and a motor vehicle, break and enter, flight from a peace officer, possession of stolen property over $5,000, operating a vehicle while prohibited, driving a vehicle without properly securing a licence plate, stunting and driving while uninsured.

The next day an abandoned vehicle was found on Township Road 422 that had been stolen from Stampede Pawn.

Driving on wrong side of highway

A Calgary man faces several charges after being stopped driving in the wrong lane on the QEII.

Ponoka RCMP say on March 10 that an officer had received a complaint of a northbound vehicle in the southbound lanes.

“A Ponoka detachment member attended the scene and observed the vehicle heading straight for the police vehicle,” say police. “The vehicle was subsequently stopped and the driver was arrested for impaired driving.”

The 37-year-old man has charges pending and the file is under investigation.

Theft of van

Police are investigating the theft of a 2001 Ford Econoline van.

RCMP state that the van was stolen March 6 from a Ponoka business on 50 Street. The file is under investigation.

Break and enters

Ponoka RCMP are investigating rural break and enter complaints.

One incident was on March 5 with a break and enter to a commercial property on Township Road 424.

The other was on March 6 with reports that a vehicle and cash were stolen from a property on Range Road 261. There is not other information on the files.

These files represent calls from March 5 to 11.

If you have information, please call the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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