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Arrest of prolific offender active in the local area 'significant': police

Mitchell Engler active in multiple police jurisdictions including Olds, Didsbury and Sundre
MVT Mitch Engler
RCMP have arrested Mitchell Engler who is facing 23 charges related to a search of a property in DeWinton where stolen items were located. Photo courtesy of RCMP

OLDS – RCMP have arrested a man originally from Olds implicated in alleged property and persons crimes in numerous central Alberta RCMP jurisdictions in recent months.

Mitchell Engler, 35, of no fixed address, was arrested on Oct. 22 on five arrest warrants with a total of 23 charges, including flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and failing to comply with conditions of release.

In May, Engler was charged with 26 offences, including possession of a loaded prohibited firearm and possession of stolen property $5,000, after a utility trailer filled with stolen property went into a ditch outside Innisfail.

He had been released on $2,000 cash bail on Sept. 12 but allegedly failed to comply with release conditions.

Following Engler’s latest arrest last week, RCMP Sgt. Gary Maclaren of the Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit, said, “RCMP consider the arrest of this prolific offender significant as he as been active in multiple RCMP and municipal police jurisdictions including Olds, Didsbury and Sundre.”

Engler has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Calgary provincial court on Nov. 2.

Acting on a warrant on Oct. 23, police conducted a search of a property in DeWinton where they found three diesel pickup trucks and a large quantity of what are believed to be stolen hand tools with the initials SDK on them.

Although police have identified the owners of two of the pickups, they are asking for public information to find the owners of the other items.

Anyone recognizing the items is being asked to contact the Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit at 1-403-901-3293.