Sundre RCMP issue arrest warrant for vehicle thief

Police are looking for Joel Champion de Lacombe, but urge the public not to approach the suspect

SUNDRE — Police have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect involved in a thwarted attempt to steal a vehicle outside a local business.

In an updated statement released on the afternoon of Monday, February 7, Sundre RCMP Detachment announced that charges have been laid in this case and an arrest warrant has been issued.

On the evening of Sunday January 30, the owner of a van that had been parked outside the indoor storage units of Mama’s Laundromat & Papa in Sundre saw his vehicle drive off and confronted the attempted theft, with the altercation that followed. in the truck hitting a dumpster.

The suspect at the time managed to flee the scene on foot.

Following the police investigation, Joel Champion, 29, residing in Lacombe, was charged under several sections of the Criminal Code as well as the Highway Safety Act:

Charges include vehicle theft; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; non-compliance with a release order; reckless driving; and driving without permission.

In a follow-up question on the weapons charge, Sgt. Sundre RCMP detachment commander Trent Sperlie said a knife was left at the scene.

The gendarmes inform the public that Champion is still at large. The suspect has a unique neck tattoo which should make it easier to identify him.

However, police are urging people not to approach him or attempt to chase him in case anyone sees him. Instead, sightings should be reported to police immediately by calling 911.

Alternatively, dated information on last known whereabouts can be called Sundre Detachment at 403-638-3655 or local police. Anyone who prefers to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit information digitally online at or by using the P3 Tips app available through the Apple app or Google Play Store. .