Viking RCMP received a call regarding an attempted theft of a vehicle in progress in Viking at approximately 8:20 a.m. on April 1, 2020.
Suspects were interrupted by a vehicle owner as they tried to access his truck which was outside running.
The suspect truck containing 2 males fled the scene.
Several minutes later, Viking and Killam RCMP members located the suspect truck parked at a local residence.
Two males and a female were located at the property and were subsequently arrested.
Police determined that the truck in question had been recently reported stolen from Lindale, Alta.
A further search of the truck revealed that the suspects had been carrying a loaded sawed-off shotgun within easy reach.
Scott Pollom, 33, of Camrose, Alta. has been charged with Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; Theft of Truck; Careless use of a firearm; Unauthorized possession of a firearm; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; Weapons possession contrary to order.
Nancy Welch, 55, of Viking, Alta., has been charged with Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; Anthony Ward, 50, of Provost, Alta., has been charged with Possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.
Pollom was remanded into custody, while Welch and Ward were released to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court at a later date.
If you have information about any criminal activity, please contact the Viking RCMP at 780-336-3441 or your local police service. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800/222/8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.