CANMORE – Three days, six people charged, three stolen vehicles recovered – and it all started in Canmore this Monday.
On Jan. 7, Cochrane RCMP recovered a stolen vehicle from Canmore, after being alerted about the theft and utilizing Onstar technology. The abandoned vehicle was found in rural Cochrane, and with the help of RCMP police dogs, the suspects were also located nearby.
Malik Holloway, 20, and Stephawn Hunter, 22, were both charged with one count of being in possession of stolen property over $5,000, plus additional charges.
Over the next couple of days, two more stolen vehicles were recovered and four individuals from Stoney Nakoda First Nation were charged.
On Tuesday, Cochrane RCMP responded to reports of erratic driving when it was discovered the vehicle was stolen from Calgary. Upon finding the first vehicle abandoned, RCMP also found a second stolen vehicle reported out of Calgary. The two suspects were located nearby with the assistance of RCMP police dogs.
Then on Wednesday, Cochrane RCMP dispatched to a call where suspects were in the process of trying to steal a vehicle and bear sprayed the homeowner. The homeowner sustained a minor injury and the two suspects were located nearby with the help of RCMP dogs.
Dennis Wildman, 39, and Richard Hunter, 46, were both charged in Tuesday incident with possession of stolen property over $5,000 plus addition charges, and Lyle Bearspaw, 25, and Jacob Wesley, 18, were charged with robbery in the Wednesday incident, plus other numerous charges.
"With the assistance of new technologies, initiatives and analysis tools, our dedicated crime reduction team is able to focus on the few offenders who commit most of the crime and to target crime hot spots in a given community," the Cochrane RCMP said in a press release.
Anyone with further information on the occurrences are asked to contact Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000, or can stay anonymous through Crime Stoppers and call 1-800-222-8477.