Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 40 files this week. Highlights include a break and enter to a residence, theft, mischief, drugs, fraud and other serious matters.
A local homeowner, who resides north of Bluffton, had his house broken into while he was away over the last few weeks. Police were notified by a concerned citizen that there was a suspicious yellow side-by-side utility vehicle hidden in the trees on his farm which was visible from an oil lease road on his property. Further investigation revealed the $18,000 off-highway vehicle had actually been stolen from an acreage north of Bluffton near Township Road 444. When police notified the owner of the vehicle it was realized that his home had also been broken into. Rimbey detachment members and a RCMP Forensic Crime Scene specialist attended the residence and began to gather evidence pertaining to the case. The thieves had completely emptied out the entire residence, stealing everything from kitchen ware to highly valued authentic framed NHL signed jerseys from noted players, such as Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, Pavel Bure and many others. A priceless Royal Bank Cup hockey ring was also stolen. Police continue to diligently follow up on all leads and examine evidence as the investigation continues.
On May 30, an unknown culprit stole a 2001 Dodge 2500, white in colour, from a farm located just north of Bentley. The truck had a large red diesel slip tank and farm supplies in the bed when it was stolen. Witnesses saw a male driving the truck through Bentley that evening around 8 p.m., but it was not reported to police till the next day. Police continue to search for the vehicle.
A local business captured a local thief on video surveillance stealing high priced merchandise from their store. Officers located the 29-year female, a resident of Sunnyside at Gull Lake and she was charged accordingly. Our local merchants strive to offer the best service at the very best price in our community. Shoplifters cost them greatly. In the end, it costs everyone more to cover the losses the retailers endure. There is no excuse for stealing. If you commit a theft, you will be charged.
Mounties are investigating a case where a local family sold their travel trailer to a couple from Edmonton whom they did not know personally. Rather than collect the full price, they accepted a down payment and offered them the opportunity to take the trailer and pay the rest at a later date. Well, we all know how that ended up. Police are now involved because the new owners have now registered the trailer using a possibly fraudulent bill of sale. Please, take the time to understand the sale of property and binding contracts before you sell anything. Only accept certified checks, money orders, bank drafts or cash. If you extend the buyer credit, be aware that the civil process to collect your money if the person fails to make payments is not an easy task. Please, protect yourself and be diligent in any financial agreement. Sadly, the days when a hand shake and a man’s word meant something are becoming more and more rare.
RCMP says thanks
The detachment received many flowers and other kind gestures from so many people in light of the horrific incident in Moncton, NB. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers during this difficult week.