Two individuals from Red Deer have been charged in relation to a string vehicle thefts around Rosetown, Saskatchewan.
On June 21, 2022 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Rosetown RCMP received a report of a group of suspicious vehicles travelling close together on a local grid road at a high rate of speed. Shortly after, they received a second report of a break and enter at a business in Rosetown. Investigation determined six vehicles, all brand new, were stolen from a local dealership between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. that morning. A van, reported as stolen in Three Hills, AB earlier on June 21, was located abandoned at the dealership.
Officers began working to locate the vehicles. Two vehicles were located, abandoned, in the Rosetown RCMP Detachment area. Investigation determined the outstanding vehicles travelled northwest, sometimes at a high rate of speed, and that a Ford F350, reported as stolen in Rosetown on June 19, was travelling with them.
One vehicle was found abandoned near Luseland, SK. With the assistance of Luseland Police Service, a second vehicle was located and stopped nearby. The two occupants fled on foot but were located and arrested shortly after. Two illegally-modified firearms, ammunition and a box of vehicle keys were located and seized from one of the vehicles.
Further investigation determined some of the outstanding vehicles may be in Alberta; one was later recovered in Red Deer by Red Deer RCMP.
“Early in this investigation, we alerted the public to report sightings and information through local media and a Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory. We’d like to thank members of the public who reported information about suspicious vehicles in their area – it helped the investigation,” says Rosetown RCMP’s Sgt. Jason Waldner. “This was an investigation that stretched across Saskatchewan and Alberta – there was excellent collaboration between of all of the police officers that assisted in this dynamic and multi-jurisdictional investigation.”
As a result of investigation, 36-year-old Lee Falsetta, and 34-year-old Samantha Riggins both of Red Deer, are each charged with one count, breaking, entering and committing. They will appear in Kindersley Provincial Court on June 22, 2022.
Saskatchewan and Alberta RCMP continue to investigate and are trying to locate the two outstanding vehicles, which are:
- a black 2022 Jeep Wrangler last seen with no license plate
- a grey 2019 Ford 350 with Saskatchewan license plate 287LLV.
If you see these vehicles, do not approach them. For sightings or to report information about this incident, contact your local RCMP detachment or police service. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).