Sundre RCMP say a 38 year old male and a 36 year old female from Red Deer have been arrested and charged following a report from a resident in the Eagle Hill area of a suspicious man and woman driving a Jeep Wrangler on February 12th.
Sundre, Alberta ~ On February 12th in the late afternoon, the Sundre RCMP received a report from a resident in the Eagle Hill area.
She reported that a suspicious man and woman, driving in a grey newer Jeep Wrangler, showed up at her residence stating that they were lost. The resident felt the matter was suspicious, especially as the man asked her if she had a length of rope he could buy from her, so she called police.
Shortly after, the Sundre RCMP received a complaint from the Harmattan Youth Camp that someone broke into their camp office. The office sustained damage. According to police, it was evident that the two occurrences were related and the Olds, Didsbury and Innisfail detachments were advised to be on the lookout for the Jeep and the two persons of interest.
The Olds, Didsbury and Sundre detachments received further occurrences of a suspicious man and woman in a grey Jeep prowling the area. One citizen provided a licence plate number which allowed police to follow up with the registered owner where they learned that the licence plate was stolen from her vehicle in Red Deer. Police received another sighting of the duo later in the evening at the Sundre A&W but had departed the area by the time police arrived.
The Sundre RCMP members, along with the Sundre Citizens on Patrol, maintained continued patrols throughout the Sundre area. At 1130pm, the Sundre RCMP located the Jeep, along with the occupants, near Tall Timber. The male attempted to flee on foot while the female quickly sped away in the Jeep. The male was quickly apprehended by police without incident.
The female drove down a dead end street which forced her to turn around and head towards the police. The female attempted to drive through the police vehicles and nearly ran over the first arresting officer and her partner in crime. The female drove into an arriving police vehicle and the force of the collision pushed the Jeep onto a ditch windrow effectively immobilizing it. The female was taking into custody without further incident and neither her nor the police officers on scene were injured.
The Jeep was determined to have been stolen from Blackfalds on February 11th. A search of the Jeep yielded methamphetamine and stolen property including items from the Harmattan Youth Camp.
Corporal Joe Mandel says "over a couple of days, these two individuals were on a drug fuelled crime spree that spanned over several detachment areas and generated numerous occurrences leaving several citizens victimized. With the keen eye of residents and assistance from the Sundre COP members, the Sundre detachment was successful in locating and taking these two culprits into custody.”
38 year old Ryan Gerald Wraight of Red Deer has been charged with over 20 criminal code offences which include Possession of Stolen Property, Misuse of Credit cards, Possession of Drugs and Fail to Comply with a Release Order.
36 year old Jennifer Godfrey of Red Deer has also been charged with over 20 Criminal Code offences which includes Resist Arrest, Flight from Police, Assault on a Police Officer, Dangerous Driving, Impaired Driving, Possession of Drugs and Possession of Stolen Property.
Both Ms Godfrey and Mr. Wraight were remanded into custody and are awaiting to speak to their matters in Didsbury Provincial Court.