A botched vehicle theft has led Cochrane RCMP to arrest a 37-year-old Calgary man who has 48 outstanding warrants.

On Saturday, November 26 at approximately 7:20 a.m., Cochrane RCMP was called to the report of an attempted vehicle theft in Riversong. The owner of the vehicle saw a man enter his vehicle while parked at a gas station in the neighbourhood and witnessed the suspect tampering with the ignition. The suspect then left the area on foot. Upon arrival on the scene, police came across a vehicle that crashed into the median a short distance from the gas station. 

The investigation discovered that vehicle had been stolen from Calgary. The suspect attempted to evade police and started running across a field but was quickly captured following a short foot pursuit. 

Donald Smale of Calgary has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5000, two counts of obstructing a peace officer, theft of a motor vehicle, mischief over $5000, and two counts of failing to comply with a release order. 

Smale was remanded into custody and will appear in Cochrane Provincial Court today (November 29,2022).

Acting Detachment Commander of Cochrane RCMP, Staff Sergeant Chad Fournier says, "Our officers work hard to ensure we respond quickly, efficiently, and effectively to calls for service in order to bring property crime offenders to justice. This incident is one example of how quick notification to the police, teamwork and a thorough investigation can interrupt property crimes in progress and protect our community.  We are dedicated to the Alberta RCMP’s goal of providing Safe Homes and Safe Communities for the people we serve”.

Cochrane RCMP strongly encourages the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity.  Reports tell them 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), or online at www.P3Tips.com.