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Stolen plywood recovered after suspects crash into police car

One person arrested, two on the lam after suspects in Central Alberta plywood theft crash into police vehicle and flee.
MVP Innisfail RCMP
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INNISFAIL, ALBERTA — One man has been arrested but two suspects remain on the lam after the vehicle they were driving crashed into a marked RCMP vehicle in town.

Early in the morning hours of Wednesday, May 11, a white GMC Sierra Truck was involved in a collision with the police cruiser on 49A Avenue in Innisfail, the local RCMP reported in a press release issued earlier today, on May 12.

Immediately after the crash, police said the driver of the truck promptly proceeded to flee the scene at a high rate of speed.

But the culprits initially didn’t get too far.

Police say the vehicle travelled a short distance before the occupants bailed out and fled on foot. One passenger, a 47-year-old male of no fixed address who police did not name, was subsequently arrested at the scene.

“A male driver and another female passenger have not been located,” said police, adding the truck was seized.

Loaded in the truck’s box was a large amount of 1.2-metre (four-foot) by 2.4-metre (eight-foot) sheets of oriented strand board (OSB) plywood, believed to have recently been stolen from an unknown construction site, police reported.

Having seized the lumber, authorities are now trying to track down the rightful owner. Anyone who has been the victim of a recent theft of OSB plywood is asked to contact the Innisfail RCMP.

Furthermore, anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3341. Callers who prefer to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), submit information online at or by using the P3 Tips app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Simon Ducatel

About the Author: Simon Ducatel

Simon Ducatel joined Mountain View Publishing in 2015 after working for the Vulcan Advocate since 2007, and graduated among the top of his class from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's journalism program in 2006.
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