Police arrest one in snowmobile theft

Police dog tracks suspect in Cranbrook neighbourhood

  • Jan. 27, 2015 6:00 p.m.

A police dog was successful in tracking and apprehending a male subject after a snowmobile was stolen on Westview Road near Cranbrook.

On January 19, 2015 at 10:20 p.m., Cranbrook RCMP members responded to a call of a theft in progress.   The owner of the sled jumped in his vehicle and chased after the suspect.  The subject fled on foot after hitting and damaging the owner’s truck with the snowmobile.

Police learned there were three subjects involved. Police Dog Services responded to the scene and successfully tracked and apprehended one male.

A 33-year-old Cranbrook man was arrested and taken into police custody. The male was out on parole at the time and has since been returned to jail with his parole being revoked.

The police dog and handler located a second track which led to a residence where a vehicle was stolen. That vehicle, a 1999 Toyota 4Runner, was later located in the industrial area of Cranbrook.

The RCMP is currently looking for two other suspects.

Staff Sgt. Dave Dubnyk would like to remind residents to ensure all leisure vehicles and personal property are securely stored and out of sight from would be thieves.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).