Alchohol-related issues keep RCMP busy

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  • Sep. 13, 2011 12:00 p.m.

In the last week, your local detachment responded to over 50 calls for service and made numerous arrests for various offences.

Warm weather fries brains

The warm weather on the long weekend resulted in a number of issues involving alcohol. There were several noisy parties and complaints of unwanted houseguests who wore out their welcome. One man obviously left his better judgment at home when he stumbled down the street singing his “favorite song,” which he shared at the top of his voice with everyone. It goes something like this: “*#@&! the cops….#@&! the cops…” He changed his tune dramatically once he was in handcuffs. Others left the bar and proceeded to kick cars on the street and even stole a kid’s bike to assist them in making it home.

There were several arrests made for causing a disturbance and in one case, an inebriated man was caught driving to Sylvan Lake from Rimbey and was subsequently charged for impaired driving.

Midnight shopper steals gas tank

Someone targeted a 1999 Plymouth Voyager van and stole the vehicle’s fuel tank and pump. Inquiries by police with salespeople at automotive parts stores revealed someone local was in fact inquiring about a fuel pump but no purchase was made. Instead, the midnight shopper helped himself to someone else’s property.

Pigs rounded up

Not sure if anyone caught this on film for YouTube but officers had great difficulty catching two pot-bellied pigs running around town helping themselves to delicious veggies in gardens. Both were eventually safely captured.

Thieves steal tack

A break and enter occurred at a farm on Wooddale Road where thieves entered a closed gate and then stole tack (horse bridals, halters, etc.) from a barn on the property. When the culprits departed the scene they did not close the gate behind them and the victim’s horses escaped. Fortunately, the horses were later found in good health.

Convicted drunk caught driving

A local man recently convicted of impaired driving and subsequently suspended from driving was caught behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the accused was driving a car belonging to another individual who now has their car in the impound lot for 30 days.

Use respect when hunting

Hunting season is upon us. Migratory birds and black bear can be hunted with firearms and the bow hunting season has opened for other big game species for those who have the appropriate licenses. In the first week, Rimbey Mounties have charged two hunters for hunting on land without permission (trespassing) and another local man with having a loaded rifle in the vehicle, contrary to the Wildlife Act. Police also seized two game cameras on private property.

Please “Use Respect” and have permission before entering any land, leave gates as you found them, follow the regulations and be safe. If you witness a hunting or fishing violation, please call the Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.

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.