Alberta Crime Spree Results in 89 Charges, 6 Arrests

RCMP in northeast Alberta have concluded an alleged crime spree with a total of 89 charges jointly laid against six people, majority of which were teenagers, after a four-hour rampage. The lengthy episode began when Vermilion RCMP was first called on Tuesday morning to a home invasion at a rural home near Dewberry, Alta.

Police explained that two males entered the home, where after confronting the homeowner all three entered into a fight. Fortunately the homeowner was able to hold on to one of the suspects until the police arrived. Thereafter the second suspect, i.e. an adult male, was found at a short distance with help of a police dog. Later, Kitscoty and Elk Point RCMP found four more suspects in a stolen car parked at a short distance too. Conclusively, police say the six individuals taken into custody were accountable for a series of criminal attacks across the region, starting from a liquor theft to failed carjacking in the Cold Lake area on late Monday night.

The group later successfully carjacked another second car, victims of which described the group to RCMP, “and a short hazardous pursuit with police ensued,” according to a police statement. Speaking about the incident afterwards, Sgt. Mike McGinley of the Vermillion RCMP mentioned that “it’s amazing no one was [seriously] hurt.” He added that “some folks were shaken and there were minor injuries, but no one was seriously hurt. We’re pleased about that because it could have… been a Christmas Eve tragedy.”

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