Last week, Rimbey RCMP Detachment responded to 50 calls for service including several break and enters, assault, sex assault, mail theft, another drug bust and many other serious matters.
Thieves behind bars
On May 4th, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a Rimbey Mountie observed a truck on Main Street and stopped the driver for a traffic offence. The officer very well knew the 21-year-old male driver and the 33-year-old male passenger, both residents of Rimbey. The 1992 Chevrolet truck they were operating was uninsured and had no registration. Upon further investigation, police seized a huge Jim Bowie style knife that was located beside the driver and other weapons. The alert officer also seized a safe from behind the driver’s seat that contained methamphetamine and drug trafficking paraphernalia. In addition the to the illegal drugs and weapons, a pair of heavy-duty bolt cutters were seized as well as a $1,200 chainsaw. Police checked the serial number on the chainsaw and found it had been stolen a couple of weeks ago in Rimbey. The victim had the saw chained to the back of his work truck and a thief had cut the chain with bolt cutters during the night and stole it. The arresting officer notified the gentleman who originally owned the chainsaw that it had been recovered and his smile could not be described in a thousand words! In this case, both accused men will be peering out from behind bars for a lengthy period of time for the poor decisions they have made.
Sandwich wrappers lead to investigation
Officers have been investigating a number of auto thefts in the area. On May 6th, police recovered another stolen Dodge truck behind the soccer field in Rimbey. The investigating officer searched the stolen truck and found sandwich wrappers inside that did not belong to the victim. Police attended local businesses in town and located the identical sandwiches being sold. The investigating mem- ber inquired with the sales clerk about who may have purchased the same items last evening. She remembered the man and the investigation finally led to surveillance video of the culprit entering the store and buying the items. Police are now tracking down the thief who is also believed to be responsible for stealing the Dodge truck. He is also believed to be responsible for stealing a Kubota UTV the night before near Rimbey, which police recovered in the Leslieville area.
Holiday trailer recovered
Police recovered the stolen holiday trailer, which was reported missing last week. It is believed those responsible for that theft are also responsible for other serious crimes in the Central Alberta area over the last several weeks. The investigation in this case involves numerous detachments and is continuing at this time.
Moose on the loose
On Thursday, police received numerous calls of a moose on the loose in town. Often, moose and deer will come into town or into a farmer’s yard to have their baby because they know it is safe from predators such as coyotes, cougars and wolves. After the baby is born, they will head back to the woods when the little one is able to run away from danger. The best thing to do in these cases is to leave the wild animal alone and not threaten or try to chase it. Eventually, it will find its way back to the wilderness.
If you have any informa- tion regarding these or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detach- ment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers: PHONE: 1-800-222-8477 #8477 on Telus Mobility *8477 on Rogers AT&T
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