Mounties have new ATVs to patrol off-road

This week, your local Rimbey RCMP detachment dealt with 45 calls for service.

Highlights of the week’s calls for service include a large fraud investigation, assaults, mental health, traffic complaints, theft and continuing investigations into ongoing unresolved matters.

Be diligent before signing contracts

A local person invested a large sum of money into an investment that a family member had highly recommended. Unfortunately, that did not work out so well and it appears the money is lost. In another case, a rural resident was approached by a company selling a water purification system and became suspicious of the legitimacy of the company and called police.

When investing your money either in stocks, bonds or equipment you should be prudent and do a little research first before signing on the dotted line. Ask for references and do some follow up. Be diligent. Not everyone is out to get your hard earned money by scamming you — but if you are knowledgeable you may be less likely to be taken advantage of. In most cases, it is not a criminal matter at all but it pays to be alert.

Arrests made in thefts

Officers from Rimbey and Breton detachments have been working hard to solve crimes occurring in the Iola Road/Hoadley area. Several fuel thefts and break and enters have occurred over recent months. This week, Breton RCMP recovered numerous stolen vehicles and have arrested two adult males who reside in the area. Charges are currently pending in the ongoing investigation.

Man charged with sexual assault

Rimbey detachment members took a man into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant from the Aurora/Leedale area who allegedly sexually assaulted a minor. He was subsequently taken to jail and was released by the court pending a future court date where he will appear in Coronation to speak to the charges.

Lock up your livestock

Stray animal complaints continue to come into the office from motorists having to share the road with livestock. It is unlawful to allow your livestock to be outside your property. It is dangerous to not only the vehicle traffic but to the officers trying to get the large ticked off bull off the road and back into a pasture!

Fire was accidental

Police have concluded a lengthy investigation into a house fire that occurred late last year west of Rimbey. It was found that the fire was not arson.

Mounties get off-road machines

Rimbey Mounties continue to look to providing a better service to the rural community and have just acquired two new snow machines and two new ATVs to enhance our abilities to patrol remote areas not accessible to pickup trucks. Areas such as Medicine Lake, North Saskatchewan River and Gull Lake have never had a police presence off the main roadways — until now. Police are looking forward to using the new additions to their tool kit.

Crime Watch dinner Feb. 9

Tickets are still available for the upcoming Rimbey and District Rural Crime Watch dinner taking place at the Bluffton Hall on Feb. 9. A special guest from the “Report a Poacher” program will be there giving a presentation. This is a great time for the men to “cook” supper for the ladies and socialize with neighbors at the same time. Please drop by the Rimbey detachment for tickets. We hope to see you there.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes, please call the Rimbey RCMP at (403) 843- 2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477, #8477 on Telus Mobility or *8477 on Rogers AT&T.

Crime Stoppers is a community program that does work! Do your part and call now.