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Man charged in downtown vehicular theft spree

FILE - An Alberta RCMP cruiser. (Tom Ross, CityNews Photo) 2022/03/P1120608-scaled.jpg 2022/03/P1120608-scaled.jpg 2022/03/P1120608-scaled.jpg

Wood Buffalo RCMP have made an arrest following a string of vehicular thefts and collisions across Fort McMurray.

Police say it started just after 7 a.m., on Feb. 3, 2023, when officers were called to the Petro-Canada in the 200 block of Gregoire Drive.

It was there a man had been accused of stealing a white Ford F150 from the gas station, and as he fled the area, clipped part of the building.

The suspect then collided with a white Chevrolet Silverado near the Chevron Gas Station along Gregoire Drive.

Ditching the vehicle, the male subject fled the scene on foot, and stole a Toyota Camry from the parking lot of a nearby apartment.

RCMP say the suspect drove towards the Lower Townsite, and at 7:37 a.m. rear-ended a gravel truck at Hwy. 63 northbound at Hospital Street.

Fleeing the site of the third collision on foot, the man entered a Downtown residential area.

Wood Buffalo RCMP contained the area as Police Dog Services began tracking the suspect, who allegedly attempted and failed to steal another vehicle parked on Alberta Drive.

Officers along with Police Dog Services trailed the man to Franklin Ave and McLeod Street, where they arrested the suspect without further incident.

According to RCMP, investigators revealed new allegations that the suspect has been involved in an assault, prior to the initial vehicular theft in Gregoire.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

A 35-year-old man from Fort McMurray has been charged with the following:

  • Assault
  • Attempted theft of vehicle
  • Dangerous Driving
  • Possession of break in tools
  • Six counts fail to comply with Release Order
  • Three counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident
  • Two counts of vehicular theft


The suspect remains in custody, and will appear in court on Feb. 8, 2023.