Central Alberta man run over as he tries to stop thieves from taking his pickup truck: RCMP

RCMP are investigating after the owner of a pickup truck was seriously injured when a suspect ran over him with his own vehicle as it was being stolen in Bowden, Alta.

Police said officers were called to a complaint of a theft and hit and run at about 7:40 a.m. on Monday.

“A dark-coloured pickup truck, believed to be a GMC Sierra, with two male occupants and a snowmobile in the box, was seen by a witness driving into a back alley,” the RCMP said in a news release issued on Tuesday. “One male exited the truck and entered a Chevrolet Silverado parked outside a residence.

“The owner of that truck exited his house and confronted the suspect as he drove away,” police said.

“As he approached the truck, the victim was struck and run over.”

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The victim was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. His age was not released.

Police said the two suspects fled in separate trucks and both vehicles were later recovered. However, police are still searching for the suspects.

A witness described one of the suspects as being about five-foot-eight and 160 pounds. They said he was wearing a hoodie and a hat. No description of the second suspect was provided.

Anyone with information about the suspects or what happened is asked to call the Olds RCMP detachment at 403-556-3324 or their local police department. Tips can also be anonymously submitted to Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

Bowden is located about 45 kilometres southwest of Red Deer.

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