On fire - Rimbey firefighters work to battle a blaze on a boat at Parkland Beach on Gull Lake around noon Aug. 17. All of the boat’s occupants managed to swim safely to shore. The exact cause of the blaze was unknown.

On fire - Rimbey firefighters work to battle a blaze on a boat at Parkland Beach on Gull Lake around noon Aug. 17. All of the boat’s occupants managed to swim safely to shore. The exact cause of the blaze was unknown.

Busy period for members of Rimbey RCMP detachment

Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 87 files in this reporting period.

  • Aug. 26, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 87 files in this reporting period. Highlights include a high-speed police pursuit, domestics, stolen vehicles, theft, impaired drivers, several break and enters to local businesses and more drug busts.

Police continue to arrest drunk drivers in the community. Four more sots were caught behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. Three local men and a female from Clive were arrested and charged with impaired driving this week. All immediately lost their licenses, had their vehicles towed and impounded and have a future court date to face the Judge and explain why they made the decision to put other people’s lives at risk. There is no excuse. Four arrests in a year is too many — four in a week is ridiculous!

In the very early morning hours on Saturday, Aug. 9, unknown culprits broke into businesses located in Rimbey and Bluffton. Both crimes were committed around 4 a.m. Two men wearing masks were seen leaving the scene northbound from Bluffton in a newer grey GMC Sierra truck with a headache rack. Police continue to follow up on leads in both of these cases and are examining all evidence at this time.

On Monday night, a Rimbey officer attempted to stop a possible impaired driver on Highway 20 near Bluffton who was driving erratically. When the Mountie activated his red and blue emergency lights and siren, the driver of the Toyota Highlander put the SUV into high gear and sped northbound trying to outrun the pursuing officer. Police from Breton also engaged in the chase as the culprit tried to evade being captured. When the dust all cleared, a 30-year-old man, a resident of Drayton Valley, was charged with 20 counts from a long list of offences, including break and enter, illegal firearms and possession of methamphetamine and heroine. The vehicle was stolen during a break and enter in the Drayton Valley area.

On Aug. 19, at approximately 5 p.m., an officer in an unmarked police vehicle was patrolling the rural area near Centerview Road when he observed a new black Ford F350 travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 766. The truck was stopped near Leedale Road. Police dispatchers notified the patrolman that the license plate on the truck had been reported stolen and belonged on a different type of vehicle. The officer’s “spidey senses” were going off the chart so he called for backup. The alert member then immediately placed both occupants of the truck under arrest and it was later found that they had a weapon strategically placed between the driver and passenger seats on top of a bag containing methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. The subsequent investigation also revealed that the truck had been stolen from Red Deer and only had 370 kms on the odometer. In addition, a stolen high-end mountain bike was found in the truck bed. The driver, a 31-year-old female, and a 38-year-old male passenger, residents of Red Deer, were both arrested and charged with numerous criminal counts. Police added a charge of no insurance to the list of offences. The specified penalty for driving with no insurance alone is $2,875. Evidently, the word has not yet made it to Red Deer or Drayton Valley — if you are into stealing cars and doing meth, stay away from Rimbey!

A white Kawasaki Ninja 600 motorcycle was stolen from a lease site near Highway 53 and Range Road 45. The victim temporarily parked the bike and it was gone when he returned to pick it up.

A local lady had her purse stolen and later found out that the thief had used her bank cards at ATM machines to withdraw money from her accounts. Please never have your password or PIN written down anywhere in your purse or wallet, never use your date of birth, and for goodness sake, don’t use 1,2,3,4.

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:

PHONE: 1-800-222-8477

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