Sus­pects charged af­ter theft of ATM, pur­suit near Hus­sar

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie

Three in­di­vid­u­als have been charged in con­nec­tion with a break and en­ter and po­lice pur­suit near Hus­sar last week.

Hai­ley Mor­ri­son of Drumheller, Shawn Pan­teluk of Gle­ichen, and Brett Voytko of Leth­bridge have been charged with a to­tal of 28 crim­i­nal code charges in re­la­tion to a theft of an ATM and po­lice pur­suit near Hus­sar on July 17.

Charges range from break and en­ter and theft over $5,000, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, dan­ger­ous driv­ing, flight from po­lice, and weapons charges. All three of­fend­ers were on court im­posed con­di­tions from other crimes they were in­volved with.

The three have made pre­lim­i­nary court ap­pear­ances in Medicine Hat pro­vin­cial court and re­main in cus­tody. They are sched­uled to re-ap­pear in court in the com­ing weeks.

On July 17, 2018 at ap­prox­i­mately 4:30 a.m., Bas­sano RCMP re­ceived a call of an alarm at a busi­ness in the ham­let of Hus­sar. On ar­rival it was de­ter­mined that a break and en­ter had oc­curred where sus­pects re­moved the ATM from the build­ing and fled.

While fol­low­ing the sus­pects, one sus­pect had leaned out the win­dow of the mov­ing ve­hi­cle and pointed a long gun at the vic­tim. The vic­tim stopped fol­low­ing and was not in­jured.

Shortly there­after the ve­hi­cle was lo­cated by RCMP and a pur­suit was ini­ti­ated when the ve­hi­cle failed to stop for po­lice. The pur­suit con­tin­ued through Bas­sano’s ru­ral area and ended when the sus­pect’s stolen ve­hi­cle got stuck in a field.

With as­sis­tance from Brooks RCMP, Drumheller RCMP, Gle­ichen RCMP, RCMP Emer­gency Re­sponse Team, and the Cal­gary Po­lice Ser­vice HAWCS he­li­copter, a male and fe­male sus­pect were ar­rested at scene. The third sus­pect fled on foot and was ap­pre­hended by RCMP Po­lice Dog Ser­vices.

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