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Suspect with 48 warrants caught trying to steal vehicle at Cochrane gas station: RCMP

A file photo of an RCMP cruiser. (Sean Amato/CTV News Edmonton) A file photo of an RCMP cruiser. (Sean Amato/CTV News Edmonton)

A 37-year-old Calgary man, wanted on 48 outstanding warrants, was arrested following an RCMP investigation into the attempted theft of a vehicle at a gas station in Cochrane.

Officers were called to a business in the community of River Song shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday after the owner of a vehicle spotted someone inside their vehicle tampering with the ignition.

The suspect ran into a nearby field but was quickly caught by police.

A second vehicle, which had crashed, was found in the median near the gas station.

According to RCMP, the suspect, who had dozens of outstanding warrants, had stolen a vehicle in Calgary, crashed it in Cochrane and was attempting to steal a second vehicle when the 911 call was made.

Donald Smale has been charged with:

  • Possession of stolen property over $5,000;
  • Two counts of obstructing a peace officer;
  • Theft of a motor vehicle;
  • Mischief over $5,000; and,
  • Two counts of failing to comply with release orders.

Smale remained in custody ahead of his Tuesday morning appearance in Cochrane provincial court. Top Stories


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