Wetaskiwin, Alta. – On April 12, 2016 at approximately 12:40 p.m. the Wetaskiwin RCMP were alerted that suspects in a stolen vehicle, a Dodge Ram, were entering Wetaskiwin’s detachment area.
This incident began in Edmonton where Edmonton Police Service spotted the stolen vehicle and made contact with the RCMP as it entered the RCMP jurisdiction of Strathcona County. Between Strathcona County and Leduc, the occupants of the stolen truck, a male driver and one female passenger, made attempts to conduct break and enters at rural properties. As the truck neared Wetaskiwin, the occupants stole a second vehicle, a Ford truck. Now RCMP were tracking two stolen vehicles.
With the assistance of Edmonton Police Service, EPS Air 1, the RCMP Air Services, RCMP Police Dog Service and Camrose Detachment, Wetaskiwin RCMP were able to set up a perimeter to stop the vehicles. A spike belt was deployed and successfully disabled the Dodge Ram where they apprehended the male suspect.
The Ford truck evaded the spike belt and fled cross country where it sparked a grass fire on Bittern Lake. Fire Services were called out and were able to contain and extinguish the grass fire. The truck was abandoned, and after fleeing on foot, an RCMP Police Dog Services member apprehended the female suspect.
Both suspects were arrested without incident.
25-year-old Jeremy Usher is charged with six criminal code offences, including Possession of property obtained by crime, and break and enter and commit theft. Usher had a court appearance on April 14, 2016 and he was released from custody to attend Provincial Court in Wetaskiwin on April 19, 2016 at 09:30 a.m. Usher failed to attend court this morning and a warrant is issued for his arrest.
31-year-old Michelle White is charged with ten criminal code offences. She was remanded in custody with a court appearance set for April 28, 2016, at Wetaskiwin Provincial Court.
No additional details will be available regarding this investigation as the matter is now before the court.
If you have information about this, or any other investigation(s), please call the Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780-312-7267 or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash