On Jan. 17, 2019, at approximately 1:25 a.m., Hanna RCMP were advised of a truck that refused to stop for Brooks RCMP members and was last seen coming into Hanna Detachment’s area near Pollockville, Ab.
Hanna Detachment then began receiving complaints about the same vehicle attempting to steal fuel at rural locations.
The last location was in the Scapa, Ab. area where a second truck was stolen out of a garage.
Residents tracked the stolen vehicles to a rural location where one truck was attempting to pull the other out of the snow.
Before police arrived, two shots were fired into the air by a resident in an attempt to stop an altercation with the suspects. No one was injured.
Police arrived on scene shortly after, at which time two males and one female were arrested.
Both trucks were located at the scene and several property items believed to be stolen were also recovered.
Jesse James Den Hollander (36) of Sherwood Park, Ab., Jimmy Delane Morsette (30) of Red Deer, Ab., and Angela Lewis (19) of Ponoka, Ab., has been charged with: Possession of stolen property over $5,000 (x2), Theft under $5,000, Break and Enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, and Theft under $5,000 (x2).
Both males were also charged with breaching court-imposed conditions (x2).
Morsette has been remanded into custody and will be appearing in Provincial Court in Hanna on Feb. 8, 2019.
Den Hollander has been remanded into custody and will be appearing in Provincial Court in Hanna on Apr. 23, 2019.
Lewis was released from custody on promise to appear and is set to appear in Hanna Provincial Court on Feb. 27, 2019.
The RCMP would like to thank the residents as their assistance is what resulted in the arrests.
The RCMP would also like to caution people to not approach or pursue persons suspected of criminal activity due to the potential danger.