Dealership break-ins, vehicle thefts result in charges against Calgary man

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
December 4, 2017 - 11:07am

LETHBRIDGE – A 22-year-old Calgary man is facing a long list of charges, following a pair of dealership break-ins and multiple vehicle thefts in Lethbridge.

Lethbridge Police responded to a report of a break and enter at Dunlop Ford on Mayor Magrath Drive Thursday, Nov. 30, around 9:53 p.m., after an individual drove a truck into the garage door. Police say the male suspect took a set of keys, then fled into the parking area when confronted by an employee. The individual located the F350 truck that the keys belonged to, and left the scene. It was later determined that the original truck used to ram the garage door had been stolen in Calgary.

As police processed the scene, the subject went to Bridge City Chrysler along the 3200 block of 1 Avenue South, using the F350 to drive into the garage door. Again, the individual took a set of keys, this time moving a Fiat Spyder down the street. Police believe the vehicle was moved so it could be stolen later. While attempting to move a second vehicle at the dealership, a security officer arrived, prompting the subject to flee in a Dodge Ram 1500.

An LPS officer observed the stolen truck near the dealership around 12:30 a.m., and two more officers were called in to help block the vehicle in. The subject proceeded to ram both police vehicles and took off on Highway 3.

The RCMP were contacted and assisted in the pursuit as the truck went beyond city limits. They deployed a spike belt, which disabled the vehicle, forcing the subject to run on foot. He was tracked down later in a shed by LPS Service Dog Myke, and was taken into custody after being treated by EMS.

Eric Christopher Smith faces the following charges:

Shopbreaking And Commit Theft x2

Theft of Vehicle x4

Flight From Peace Officer x3

Dangerous Driving

Drive Motor Vehicle with No Insurance x5

Possess Stolen Property Over $5,000

Assault Peace Officer With A Weapon x3

Mischief Over $5,000

Disqualified Driving x5

Resisting A Peace Officer

Mischief Under $5,000 x3

Possess Stolen Property Under $5,000 x3

Theft Under $5,000 x3

Possession Of A Controlled Substance x2

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