Flagstaff County, Alta. – On June 7, 2022, Coronation RCMP received a complaint of three suspects observed on video stealing copper wire in Flagstaff County.
The truck involved was followed by a complainant to a field near the Diplomat Mine on Highway 855 just north of Halkirk, Alberta.
The suspects were pulling a 16 foot trailer that came unhooked and ended up in the ditch.
Coronation RCMP officers attended and learned that a suspects had fled the truck into the field.
Red Deer Police Dog Service attended and were able to assist in tracking and arresting a suspect without incident.
The other two suspects are still at large but were observed later in the day in Veteran and Consort, Alberta.
As a result of the investigation Coronation RCMP have charged;
Christopher Blackburn (27) of Barrhead, Alberta with:
- Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000 (x2)
- Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
- Possession of a Prohibited Weapon while on a Prohibition Order
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Fail to Comply with Release order (x5)
Blackburn was remanded into custody with his next appearance set for June 10, 2022 at Coronation Provincial Court
In a small community the problems associated with property related crimes are amplified.
As part of our Rural Crime Reduction Strategy we encourage members of the public/businesses to report suspicious activity.
With the assistance of the community we were able to locate a suspect who fled from the stolen truck on foot that was observed on video stealing copper wire.
Members of the public who want to report suspect suspicious activity or property related crime in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.