Bonnyville RCMP are investing a string of vehicle thefts in the past week and are requesting the public’s assistance on the outstanding vehicles, said Sgt. Kim Hillier.
On Feb. 9 around 5:00am a White Dodge Ram was stolen from a person’s driveway on 43 Ave but later located on Range Road 434 and Highway 659 thanks to GPS. If anyone has any information pertaining to the theft contact RCMP.
That same morning RCMP received a report a stolen black Ford F-350 with a Saskatchewan license plate HAUTZY. It was stolen from in front of his residence on 39a St. That vehicle remains missing.
That evening of Feb. 9 a complainant reported that his white 2007 Dodge Ram with the license BGF 4149 had been stolen parked in front of a friend’s residence in Fort Kent. That vehicle remains outstanding. Tire tracks were followed to Highway 28 where it led eastbound. Cold Lake RCMP was also involved.
On Feb. 12 at around 6:30am a silver 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 was stolen out of a driveway. The license plate is BNR 3703 and the vehicle remains outstanding.
This morning RCMP received a report at around 9:30am that a black and white 1999 Ford F250 was stolen from Tercier Motors parking lot while it was being looked at for repairs. The vehicle is still missing.
One vehicle theft has resulted in charges this week.
On Feb. 11, Bonnyville RCMP arrested 41-year-old Christopher Pruden from Edmonton was charged with adult theft of motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited.
The complainant said they were getting ready for work and left his silver Chevy Silverado when the suspect stole the vehicle. It was equipt with GPS and was headed to the Elk Point area. Pruden was remanded into custody.
“The events of the last week would definitely say don’t leave your keys in the vehicle while it’s idling,” said Sgt. Kim Hillier.
“Whether or not you lock the doors that does not make it safe. Criminals will break the window to jump in and steal the vehicle. Do not leave your vehicle idling with your kets in the vehicle. The past week has shown that is still an issue,” she said.
There are no pictures of these stolen vehicles, but Sgt. Hillier says that soon it may be a requirement to provide a photo of your vehicle while filing a police report.
“One of the members intends on preparing information bulletins with the vehicles that are being stolen. That’s going to be something we request something from owners is a picture of the vehicle so we can get that out there right away and help locate the vehicle,” said Hillier.