Help from the public leads to vehicle thieves’ arrest

By Collin Stockwell
March 25, 2016 - 2:53pm

Social media played a role in the arrest of three people after a vehicle theft in the North West of the province.

According to Maidstone RCMP, on Jan. 18 around 7:45 p.m., a member of the public spotted a stolen vehicle identified from Facebook on Township Road 504 in the RM of Britannia; northeast of Lloydminster.

Police located the vehicle, however when officers attempted a traffic stop the suspects fled. The vehicle was located a short time later in a ditch near St. Walburg. Three adults were subsequently arrested.

On March 3, 22-year-old Branden Dillon of Onion Lake was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail for obstructing a police officer, possession of stolen property and failure to comply with a probation order.

On March 22, 22-year-old Matthew Stanley also of Onion Lake was sentenced to six months in jail for operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, obstruction of a police officer and possession of stolen property.

The third person involved is still being dealt with by the courts.


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