Link RCMP Sask. car thefts in a series of incidents in Western Canada

Analysts have identified at least 23 related cases, which took place from July 6 to July 16 in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia

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Saskatchewan RCMP have linked auto thefts in the province to at least 23 similar incidents in Western Canada and have identified two persons of interest.

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Between July 8 and July 10, the RCMP investigated a series of vehicle thefts in several communities. It started with a report of fuel theft in Wynyard on July 8, which led to a patrol vehicle being rammed by a van suspected of being linked to the theft after officers stopped the vehicle behind it. The driver rammed two other parked vehicles and rammed the police vehicle a second time, before driving off.

The truck was later located in Yorkton, where police were unable to arrest it. He was found that night abandoned southeast of Dunleath. Police were told the truck was reported stolen in Broadview on July 6 and its plate was reported stolen in Springside on July 8.

Later that night, RCMP received a report of a stolen white SUV from a rural property outside of Yorkton which may have been linked to the incidents earlier in the day.

On July 9, Kyle RCMP received a report of the theft of a black Ford F-150 pickup truck from a rural property in Tyner which may also have been linked to the July 8 incidents. On July 10, the white SUV stolen outside Yorkton was found abandoned in Eston.

During the investigation of these incidents, the RCMP conducted a review to see if there were any related records, according to a news release Thursday. Analysts have concluded there could be at least 23, all of which took place between July 6 and July 16 in central and southern Saskatchewan in Hanna, Alberta. and Kelowna, BC.

At least 23 similar incidents in Western Canada may be linked, as shown on this map.  (Saskatchewan RCMP)
At least 23 similar incidents in Western Canada may be linked, as shown on this map. (Saskatchewan RCMP) .jpg

These include:

  • Vehicle theft in Yorkton, Kipling, Tyner and Bethune
  • Stolen vehicles are recovered in Chamberlain, Yorkton, Tyner and Kelowna
  • Fuel thefts at Viscount, Wynyard and Chaplin
  • Police flee in Whitewood, Foam Lake, Yorkton, Belle Plain and Swift Current
  • Thefts from Vehicles in Regina
  • Hanna’s use of a stolen credit card.

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RCMP in all three provinces are continuing to investigate, and Saskatchewan RCMP said they have identified two persons of interest: a thin man with blond hair and a tattoo on the left side of his neck, and a thin woman with dark blond at the roots.

Anyone who recognizes them is asked to contact their local RCMP detachment or the police. Information may also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477.

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Harry D. Gonzalez