Mounties hitch ride with snowmobiler to chase stolen tractor
RCMP arrested a man after this tractor rolled near Blackfalds, Alta., on April 2, 2014. (RCMP handout/QMI Agency)
CALGARY — File this arrest under "Only in Canada."
While investigating a break-and-enter and theft of firearms, Alberta Mounties wound up chasing a stolen tractor on a snowmobile.
About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Blackfalds RCMP were called to a rural address east of Red Deer, Alta., where firearms and other items were allegedly stolen during a break and enter.
At about 5 p.m., they received a call about a stolen tractor.
"Blackfalds RCMP began following the movements of the tractor along the fields and secondary roads," the RCMP said in a release. "The tractor was crashing through farmers’ fences and stands of trees on their properties."
An officer hitched a ride with a nearby snowmobiler to track the tractor through the field.
The chase came to an end about 6:45 p.m., when the thief tried to climb a hill in the tractor, but it stalled, backed down the hill and rolled, police said.
Jesse Cecka, 25, has been charged with break, enter and theft, theft over $5,000 for the tractor, breach of existing court documents and multiple counts of mischief.