January 25, 2016 9:14 am
Updated: January 25, 2016 7:30 pm

‘It is never a good idea to follow suspects’ warn RCMP after Ski-Doo theft

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CALGARY – RCMP are warning citizens not to take justice into their own hands after a man witnessed his neighbours’ property being stolen, and he began chasing the thieves.

The man called police at around 10 p.m. on Saturday after witnessing a trailer, which contained two Ski-Doos, being taken from outside his neighbours’ home in the Morningside area of Airdrie.

The man followed the suspects as they travelled out of the city, only stopping when RCMP arrived.

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Officers tracked the vehicle, eventually using a spike belt to stop it as it travelled along Symons Valley Road, just north of city limits.

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Three men inside the vehicle took off, prompting RCMP to use a police dog to help them track the suspects.

Investigators eventually located and arrested the men, two of whom were found hiding in farm equipment in a nearby farmyard Quonset. Two of the men were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The suspects are facing numerous charges including possession of stolen property and theft over $5,000.

RCMP used the incident to remind citizens that following suspects after they have committed a crime is a dangerous thing to do.

“It is never a good idea to follow suspects, especially into a rural area late at night,” warned RCMP in a Sunday news release. “At the end of the day, it is only property that can be replaced.”

 Editor’s note: story updated to reflect it was the neighbour who chased the suspects

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