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Red Deer RCMP make arrest for stolen vehicle and weapons

March 14, 2024 3:58 PM

Red Deer, Alta - On February 28, 2024, the Red Deer RCMP Crime Reduction Team (CRT) arrested a male and recovered a stolen vehicle.

While making patrols, RCMP CRT located a black Ford F-350 driving in a dangerous manner in the north end of Red Deer. Police determined that the truck had been stolen from Rimbey, Alta a few days prior.  A short time later the vehicle was found abandoned and the driver fled on foot before being arrested by police.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Matthew Pennington, a 23-year-old resident of Red Deer. Pennington was arrested and taken into custody. Upon searching Pennington, officers located a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, bear spray, a knife, break-in tools, and a small quantity of drugs on his person.

Pennington was charged with the following offences:

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited firearm
  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm in a vehicle
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possess a weapon for a dangerous purpose x2
  • Possession of property obtained by crime x2
  • Possession of drugs x2
  • Possess of break-in tools
  • Dangerous driving

Following a Judicial Interim Release Hearing, Pennington was released by a Justice for the court. He is scheduled to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Red Deer on March 20, 2024.

Red Deer RCMP are committed to keeping our community safe. If you have information regarding this event or any other suspicious or illegal activity within the city of Red Deer please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-406-2200. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.