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5 suspects arrested in 2 car thefts: Calgary police

Calgary Police Service reminds people to not leave their vehicles running unattended with keys inside.
Calgary Police Service reminds people to not leave their vehicles running unattended with keys inside. Global News

Calgary police arrested five people in two separate stolen vehicle investigations.

On Monday, August 13, Calgary police’s Auto Theft Recovery Team (ATRT) spotted a stolen 2013 Audi Q5 in a northeast community. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Huntington Hills two days earlier.

Jordan Hagman, 34, was charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a stolen credit card, breach of recognizance, unlawful possession of ID, and driving without insurance. Hagman is due to appear in court on August 20.

Ashley Blakely, 32, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, occupying a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen credit card and unlawful possession of ID. Blakely is due to appear in court on August 31.

Police observed a man and woman entering the Audi, then driving in an aggressive manner before stopping at the Superstore on Harvest Hills Boulevard N.E. where the man allegedly stole a purse from a grocery cart in the Superstore parking lot.

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The SUV was driven to a Walmart in the northwest community of Royal Oak where police say the man attempted to use the credit cards from the stolen purse. Police arrested the man and woman after leaving the store.

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In another investigation, the ATRT spotted a Ford F-350, reported stolen from Irricana two days earlier, driving southbound on Stoney Trail with a male driver and two female passengers.

Police say the truck continued onto a rural property outside of city limits before heading to Okotoks where police believe the female occupants shoplifted at Shoppers Drug Mart before heading to Costco, where the women were taken into custody by RCMP.

Seeing the truck driving on rural roads between Okotoks and Calgary, RCMP used a spike belt that blew out three of the truck’s tires. The driver continued to evade police for 30 kilometres, driving at speeds between 100 to 150 km/h.

The truck returned to Calgary on westbound Stoney Trail and attempted to turn northbound onto 52 Street S.E. but lost control hitting a sign and then the centre median. Police said the driver left the truck and fled on foot.

The driver flagged down a driver on Stoney Trail asking for a ride. CPS quickly stopped that vehicle and arrested the man.

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Corey Bates, 40, was charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, criminal dangerous driving, criminal flight from police and three Traffic Safety Act tickets. Bates is due to appear in court on August 21.

Janelle Umpherville, 28, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of stolen property over $5,000, and is due to appear in court on August 17.

Sandra Woloshyn, 36, has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of methamphetamine, and two counts of breach of recognizance. Woloshyn is due to appear in court on August 21.

Calgary Police Service reminds people to not leave their vehicles running unattended with keys inside.

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