Crime hits Kinuso

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Criminal activity in and around Kinuso erupted last week. In one incident, the grocery store was broken into. A few days later, two were arrested after endangering police and themselves in a risky chase.

Faust RCMP hadn’t responded to a request for information on the Aug. 12 smash and grab at Kinuso Family Foods by press time. But Staff Sgt. John Spaans of the Slave Lake RCMP told The Leader what he knows – which is that the suspect vehicle was located by police that night.

“The suspects got away during a chase,” he said.

According to information on social media, the culprits used a truck (probably stolen) to repeatedly ram the wall of the grocery store, until they had knocked a hole in it. They then loaded up the safe, which was located behind the wall at the point of attack – suggesting the thieves knew where to concentrate their efforts.

The theft was in “the same style” as the many recent ATM thefts, Spaans says. He adds that “several teams” in law enforcement are studying the phenomenon and trying to figure out who is doing it.

Pursuit

Two people are in custody following a dangerous occurrence on August 15, 2018. It began shortly after 10:00 a.m. while members of the Faust RCMP Detachment were conducting targeted patrols in the area of Kinuso, Alberta.

Police had been in search of suspicious vehicles believed to be involved in recent criminal activities. During these patrols one of these vehicles was located and refused to stop for police. In an effort to evade apprehension, the suspect vehicle forced police vehicles off the road and drove in the opposite lane on Hwy. 2.

Given the risk to public safety, officers disengaged the pursuit and cordoned off an area. Soon after, the suspects allegedly stole a second vehicle and intentionally drove at two RCMP vehicles containing the area. Resources from the Slave Lake, Faust and High Prairie RCMP Detachments along with the Lakeshore Regional Police and Westlock Integrated Traffic Unit converged on the area. In an effort to further evade police the suspects drove into a ditch where they became stuck. A male and female were arrested without further incident.

A 28-year-old male from Valleyview and a 28-year-old female from Blackfalds have been arrested. Charges pending include, but are not limited to, flight from police, theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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