Waylon Daniel Whitford

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It may be a world record when it comes to recidivism for an alleged central Alberta car thief.

A mere 10 minutes after being released from custody – with an order not to drive – a suspected 27-year-old car thief was charged by the RCMP with being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

And police allege he’s responsible for near $200,000 damage at a Rocky Mountain House Chevy dealership.

RCMP Cpl. Deanna Fontaine said the timeline of the incident began on Monday with a 27-year-old man facing a judicial hearing related to another investigation. The man was released about 5:15 p.m., on conditions that included a driving prohibition.

“At 5:25 p.m., Red Deer RCMP received a complaint of a stolen Dodge pick-up truck in the area of 49 St. and 54 Ave. This is the pick-up truck that was used in the incident on Tuesday, at the Edward’s Garage Chevrolet dealership. Red Deer RCMP continue to investigate this stolen vehicle complaint,” said Fontaine.

She said at 1:42 a.m., Tuesday, Rocky Mountain House RCMP received an alarm call from the dealership.

“RCMP attended and observed extensive damages to the business as a stolen pick-up truck had been driven through the showroom and then abandoned outside the business.  The pick-up truck had been stolen out of Red Deer, on June 14, 2021, at approximately 5:30 p.m.,” said Fontaine.

“Further investigation showed that the suspect had stolen another vehicle, a new GMC Sierra, from the dealership, causing further damages in an effort to exit the showroom, fleeing in an unknown direction.

She said the damage has been estimated at $200,000.

RCMP found the GMC Sierra on Hwy. 11 and attempted to pull it over, but the suspect failed to stop. A spike belt was then used in the area of Swanson Rd. to disable the vehicle, which was found to be empty when it rolled to a stop.

A police dog and officers conducted a search resulting in the arrest of a suspect. 

Waylon Daniel Whitford, of O’Chiese First Nation, is facing the following charges after the dealership incident: 

·         Break and enter commit theft

·         Theft of motor vehicle

·         Possession of stolen property exceeding $5,000

·         Mischief over $5,000 (x2)

·         Flight from police

·         Operate conveyance in a manner dangerous to the public

·         Operate a conveyance while prohibited

·         Possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public

·         Resist arrest

·         Fail to comply with conditions of release (x8)

·         Break and enter commit theft

·         Mischief under $5,000

Whitford is also facing additional charges related to allegedly being in possession of the stolen truck.

Whitford was expected in Red Deer court to speak to bail later Wednesday.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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