The RCMP have caught an alleged car thief.
According to a press release issued by the local detachment on Tuesday afternoon, officers have attempted to stop several different vehicles over the last two weeks. The vehicles, of which some had been reported stolen, have fled from police.
The release states that police observed 21 year old Brandon David Ryall operating a stolen pickup on May 17, which later fled at high speed. The truck was later located on the northwest side of the Border City. The following today, Ryall was observed by the Crime Reduction Unit of the Lloydminster detachment, in a different stolen vehicle, which also fled police.
Shortly after the second incident, Ryall was located and arrested by the Lloydminster RCMP. When he was arrested, police recovered over $7300 of stolen brand name clothing with tags still attached, which were in the stolen truck.
According to the release, several other investigations are ongoing by multiple members of the Lloydminster RCMP as other suspects have been identified for fleeing from police.
“People who flee from police selfishly put themselves and the public at great risk”, said Constable Edwin Smith, of the Lloydminster RCMP CRU. “We want to caution drivers to pay extra attention as these individuals have no regard for other motorists and do not follow traffic control devices.”
The release also warned about leaving keys inside vehicles, and mentioned that a recent increase in vehicle thefts also contributed to a 212 per cent increase in fuel thefts. Police have also linked the stolen vehicles to a number of break and enters in the Elk Point area.
Police are asking the public to assist in reducing the number of stolen vehicles by not leaving keys inside of the vehicle at anytime it is unoccupied.
Ryall has been charged by both Lloydminster RCMP and Onion Lake RCMP with a total of 15 charges, including three counts of possession of stolen property over $5000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, 3 counts of flight from police, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of break-in instruments, and 4 counts of failing to comply with an undertaking. Ryall appeared before a justice of the peace and was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Alberta Provincial Court on June 7, 2016.