A 28 year-old male is facing charges following a single vehicle collision last night (Tuesday) in which a stolen Chevy Malibu drove through the doors of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
Police were dispatched at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, to the corner of Albert Street and College Avenue (2400 block Albert Street) for a report of a collision. Early information indicated a vehicle had gone through the front doors of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Several police units, including canine, arrived and found a white Chevrolet Malibu with air bags deployed and blood visible on the interior and exterior of the car. There was no one inside the car, so officers began searching inside and outside the museum. Minutes later they encountered a male, inside the Museum, who was arrested after a brief foot chase. He was transported to hospital for a cut on his arm and then brought to police detention. Meanwhile, a search of building confirmed there were no other suspects still inside. Further investigation led to confirmation that the vehicle had been stolen only moments earlier and had been observed speeding south bound on Albert Street just prior to the collision. The full dollar value of the damage to the Museum property has yet to be determined.
Twenty-eight year-old Okimaw BEAR, of Meadow Lake, is charged with:
- Driving While Prohibited [320.18(1)(a) CC];
- Break, Enter and Commit Mischief [348(1)(b)CC]; and
- Theft of Auto under $5,000 [333.1(1) CC].
BEAR made his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 9;30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.