Rimbey RCMP detachment responded to 40 calls for service this week. Highlights of the week include vandalism, theft, fraud, stolen vehicles and other serious matters.
Citizen drawn into scam
A citizen responding to a newspaper advertisement was drawn into an international scam that cost her a great deal of hard earned money. Fraudsters prey upon unsuspecting victims by portraying themselves as potential buyers, employers, etc. and send the victim money by way of a check, usually in the amount of several thousand dollars. They request that the victim cash the check and keep a few hundred dollars for themselves then wire them the remaining amount back to them. Of course, the check eventually bounces after the victim has already wired real money to the criminal who resides in Africa or elsewhere. These scams are virtually untraceable and the victim is usually out all their money. If you would like to see the list of the most recent scams, please visit the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at www.phonebusters.com. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true…it likely is a scam. Ask for references, check with the Better Business Bureau, etc. Protect yourself and don’t be the next victim.
On Wednesday, April 30th, at approximately 7 p.m., officers responded to a call of a possible impaired driver near the 5th Meridian Road east of Rimbey. Officers quickly attended the scene and located the pickup truck near Highway 53 where it failed to stop for the police. A police chase ensued and the driver was eventually arrested when he attempted to drive the truck, which was stolen, through a field where it bogged down. The accused had just been released from jail. Obviously, his parole officer failed to tell him that we had a hard winter out here while he was basking behind bars and the fields are still saturated from all the snow. The thief has been remanded in custody and will now spend the summer in the Queen’s Motel as well.
Broken window sets off alarm
Police arrested a local gentleman who broke a window setting off the burglar alarm at a business on Main Street. The young man had been drinking and was running down the street with his entourage and somehow did a face plant against the window causing it to break and set off the alarm. The chap then headed straight to the bar to continue a night of celebration rather than wait to speak to police or the owner when they arrived a short time later responding to the alarm. The accused has been charged with mischief and will appear in Rimbey court to speak to the charge.
Officers recently located a stolen car in town. Mounties from Rimbey began a thorough investigation and eventually linked this crime to other vehicle thefts that have occurred in Sylvan Lake and other jurisdictions. Charges have been laid against two individuals from the Markerville area in relation to these crimes and the accused parties will appear in Rimbey court in June.
If you have any information regarding these or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers:
#8477 on Telus Mobility
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