Rash of vehicle thefts ends

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A wave of vehicle thefts and break-ins came to an end on the weekend.

Okotoks RCMP reported six vehicles were stolen and several more rummaged through in town between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1. Most of the vehicles had been left unlocked outside homes.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, police were dispatched to a break and enter to a garage in Okotoks where several items had been stolen. A second break-in was reported just 15 minutes later.

Around 5:20 p.m. a vehicle was seen driving erratically through Okotoks, and was later reported in a collision at 5:25 p.m. by an off-duty RCMP officer. The vehicle had been reported stolen.

The lone occupant of the vehicle was Stephen Westfall, who was arrested after further investigation led RCMP to three more of the stolen vehicles.

Westfall, 28, has been charged with two counts of stolen property over $5,000, three counts of stolen property under $5,000, two counts of break and enter, one count of mischief over $5,000, one count of obstruction of a police officer, one count of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, one count of driving over .08 mg, and one count of driving while suspended under the Traffic Safety Act.

He was taken before a Justice of the Peace and is in custody at the Calgary Remand Centre.

Okotoks RCMP Sgt. Sukh Randhawa said residents need to be mindful of keeping doors locked to protect their property.

“We remind the public to keep their vehicles locked and remove all valuables from sight,” he said.

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