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Stolen vehicle puts school in ‘Hold and Secure’ as precautionary measure

Shortly thereafter police received reports of two more stolen vehicles in the community.
As a precaution, schools in Biggar were put in a ‘Hold and Secure’. Biggar RCMP said the following day that at no time was there a threat to the school, rather a ‘better safe than sorry’ attitude was used by Biggar RCMP and school officials in dealing with the incident.
Members were able to recover two of the vehicles. Efforts to locate the third stolen vehicle led police south of Perdue. It was spotted by Rosetown RCMP in the area of Zealandia, travelling on Highway 7.
Police officers of Biggar Detachment, Rosetown Detachment and RCMP Combined Traffic Services located the vehicle in Zealandia. The vehicle stopped and an adult male fled on foot where he remained contained within the town. An RCMP Police Service Dog was able to track the male to an outbuilding in the community.
He was arrested without incident. The suspect was not injured.
Biggar RCMP have charged 26-year-old Russell Reader of Lloydminster, Alberta, with the following offences:
• Theft of a motor vehicle, Section 333.1(1) Criminal Code (three counts);
• Operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, Section 249.1(1) Criminal Code;
• Break and enter to Steal Firearm, Section 98(4) Criminal Code;
• Break enter and commit flight from police, Section 348(1(b) Criminal Code;
• Break enter and commit theft under $5,000, Section 348(1)(b) Criminal Code;
• Theft under $5,000, Section 334(b) Criminal Code (three counts);
• Break and enter with intent, Section 348(1)(a) Criminal Code;
• Obstruct a Peace Officer, Section 129(a) Criminal Code.
He was in custody and made his first appearance in Provincial Court at North Battleford on December 12, 2018.
Biggar RCMP would like to recognize Arelee/Perdue and Surrounding Area's Crime Stoppers, which is an Internet-based rural crime watch partnership with Biggar RCMP. A sighting of the third stolen vehicle had been reported to the group, and Biggar RCMP, within a few minutes of being posted to the crime watch site. This ultimately led to the recovery of that vehicle, and subsequently, the arrest of a person of interest.
A number of break and enters and thefts were also reported to police within the same time frame and it is believed that these events may be connected to the stolen vehicles.
RCMP believe there were multiple people involved.
Anyone with information about this or any other crime, please contact Biggar RCMP at 306-948-6600 or you may contact Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at saskcrimestoppers.com.
The investigation remains ongoing.