A 32-year-old Central Alberta man is facing multiple charges after what police are calling a 10-day "crime spree" involving pepper spray and weapons, Rocky Mountain House RCMP said in a release Thursday.
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Police say the man was chased off a farm on Feb. 22 while trying to steal items in the yard, in a Pontiac Grand Am he had stolen earlier from Drayton Valley. They later located the car in the Buck Creek area but the man had fled.
The following day an oil lease operator in the Breton area was doing his rounds when he noticed a shed had been accessed. While the operator was getting out of his truck, a masked man pepper sprayed him and stole his GMC pickup truck.
Police again responded but the suspect had already left the area.
On Wednesday, police found the unoccupied stolen truck with fresh footprints in the snow nearby so they hid out of sight until the suspect returned.
While police say he tried to run, he was caught and arrested. The truck had weapons, stolen property and pepper spray inside.
The suspect, a man from the Drayton Valley and Rocky Mountain House area, is facing 17 charges including robbery, committing an offence while masked, flight from police, possession of stolen property and others.
Police learned the man was out on bail at the time for allegedly possessing stolen property from break and enters in the Rocky Mountain House area.
He will appear in court to face the new charges at a future date.