Three vehicles stolen in area could have a connection

Three vehicles were stolen in the early morning hours of Sept. 30 and police believe there is a connection between them.

Fallen giant: Westbound lanes on Highway 53 were closed for several hours Sept. 27 after 1 p.m. when a John Deere tractor pulling a cultivator collided with a guardrail and rolled onto its side. Despite the damage no one was hurt and alcohol was not a factor in the collision.

Three vehicles were stolen in the early morning hours of Sept. 30 and police believe there is a connection between them.

The first vehicle was an abandoned Chevy pickup found on Elkhorn Road at approximately 10 a.m. It appears someone stole the truck and drove it in an erratic manner as evidenced by tire tracks on the road and in the ditch.

Later in the morning a blue Yamaha side-by-side ATV was taken from a garage near the Sunken Bridge. A horse saddle as also taken but has since been recovered. The Yamaha was found along near the Highway 53 overpass. Ponoka RCMP said the buildings were unlocked at the time.

The other vehicle stolen was a blue and purple 2002 Honda VTX motorbike, which is still missing.

ATV stolen

The same evening three vehicles were stolen, a red 2003 Honda TRX ATV was stolen east of Ponoka on McDonald Road sometime in the early morning of Sept. 30.

The ATV has a winch on the front and a blue toolbox. Someone took the vehicle by entering the rear of the property. Police are investigating if the thefts are connected.

Check Stop stats

An enhanced Check Stop with the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit on the evening of Sept. 29 resulted in two individuals being charged with driving while impaired. One of those who tested with a blood alcohol level of .15 twice, and one who was suspended from a previous impaired driving charge.

Among the other statistics:

• One person had a public interest warrant sexual assault against a minor.

• Four unregistered drivers.

• Two uninsured.

• 24 traffic violations such as no driver’s licence.

• Six vehicles were towed. One for 30 days and one for three days.

Shoplifter in custody

A 52-year-old woman from Ponoka has been charged with theft under $5,000 Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m. She was caught attempting to steal a bottle of Lysol toilet bowl cleaner and some baby clothes from a retail outlet.

Farm tractor rollover

A farm tractor rolled Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. on Highway 53 westbound just before Highway 2 after the cultivator it was pulling collided with a guardrail. Highway 53 westbound lane was blocked for several hours before the tractor could be set upright. No one was hurt and alcohol was not a factor in the collision.

Caught stealing pop cans

A 48-yer-old man was caught stealing pop cans for recycling out of the back of a pickup truck Sept. 27. The homeowner had installed a motion detector security camera and showed the video to police. One of the Mounties recognized the thief and he was later found and charged.

Fight at bar

A fight with a group of people at a downtown bar resulted in one man being arrested for public intoxication Sept. 28 at midnight. Bouncers called police for assistance in dealing with the fight, which occurred behind the bar.

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

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