OLDS — The last two weeks have been busy ones for Olds RCMP as they responded to several incidents of crime.
The latest one occurred on Jan. 5.
At about 5:20 a.m., Olds RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious male and vehicle on a rural property southeast of Olds.
The male went to the door of a home there and asked the homeowner for gas. The homeowner refused, due to the suspicious behaviour of the male and then called the RCMP.
The attending officer located a 2005 GMC Sierra on the property that had been stolen out of Airdrie.
The officer and local area farmers then tracked the suspect's footprints and found him hiding in a wooded area.
David Alfred Matschke, 37, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with theft and possession of stolen property. Several Calgary arrest warrants were also executed at the time of arrest.
Matschke is set to appear in Didsbury provincial court on Jan. 20.
During the evening of Jan. 3, Olds RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle in Bowden.
Officers went to the scene and found an unoccupied 2010 Chevrolet Silverado truck and two firearms that had been stolen out of Red Deer.
Investigators determined that the male who had been in possession of the truck had entered a home in Bowden. A warrant was obtained to enter that home and the driver of the truck was located inside.
Brandon Edmond Wegner, 29, of Red Deer was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and two counts of breaching a recognizance. He was remanded in custody and was scheduled to appear in Didsbury provincial court last week.
Early in the morning on Jan. 3, the Olds RCMP received a report of a suspicious motorist broken down east of Olds on Highway 27 near Highway 791.
Police arrived to find a male in possession of a Subaru Forester that had been stolen out of Calgary.
Daemond Anthony Glenn, 27, of Airdrie was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property. He will appear on that charge on Feb. 24 in Didsbury provincial court.
On Dec. 27, Olds RCMP received a report that several units in a residential complex in Olds had been broken into.
Witnesses later reported to police that they had observed the suspects enter those units and load several items into a truck and utility trailer. Investigation led the Olds RCMP to obtain a search warrant for a residence in Didsbury.
The warrant was executed on Jan. 5 with the assistance of members of the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit and Didsbury RCMP. Several items believed to be related to the break and enters were recovered from the residence.
Three individuals were arrested at the scene, including Michael Ryan Goodine, 43, of Sundre, who was charged with 14 offences, including break and enter, possession of stolen property and failing to comply with release orders. Goodine was remanded in custody to appear in Didsbury provincial court on Jan. 9.
On Jan. 6, Timothy Michael Doyle, 44, of no fixed address, was also arrested by members of Olds RCMP and the crime reduction unit in connection with this break and enter investigation and other property crime matters.
He has been charged with possession of stolen property and is set to appear in Didsbury provincial court on Jan. 27.