On Dec. 6, 2021, at 5:59 a.m., Hinton RCMP received reports of a break and enter in progress at a business on Felaber Road. Police attended and located a male being restrained by witnesses who discovered him attempting to steal catalytic converters. The catalytic converters were recovered with numerous other items of property including tools, saws, cable cutters and blades. Also recovered were weapons, which included bear spray and a knife. The value to repair the damaged catalytic converters is estimated to be approximately $11,000.
A 30-year-old male of no fixed address is charged with the following offences from this incident:
- Assault with a Weapon
- Mischief Over $5000
- Possession of Break in Instruments
- Carry a Concealed Weapon
- Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
- Theft Under $5000
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order
The investigation determined the male also had outstanding warrants arrest from Morinville, Alta. for the following:
- Identity Fraud
- Obstruct Peace Officer
- Fail to Attend Court
Following a judicial hearing, he was released on conditions and is next scheduled to appear in Hinton Provincial Court on Dec. 15, 2021. As these matters are now before the courts, no further details can be released.
"The Hinton RCMP will continue to relentlessly pursue the reduction of property crime in Hinton and Yellowhead County" says Acting Detachment Commander Sgt. Graham Gurski.
Hinton RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, 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.