Rimbey RCMP handled 35 investigations last week. Highlights of the week include fraud, motor vehicle collisions, theft and other criminal matters.
On Feb. 15, Rimbey Mounties assisted SPCA Officers and the Ponoka County peace officer with a seizure of dozens of animals from a farm northeast of Rimbey. The farm had countless animals in distress and several animals on the property were already deceased. A 59-year-old woman is facing countless charges in this case as the investigation into this serious matter continues.
Student pugilists under investigation
A fight during the lunch hour by students from a Rimbey school drew the attention of the police and at least one citizen who called 911. Two youths are being investigated for causing a disturbance by fighting. This type of behavior will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly.
Rimbey traveller defrauded
A Rimbey man, who recently returned from a sunny vacation in Mexico, realized his bank account balance was far less than normal. After making some inquiries with the bank, it was found that his debit card had been used in Mexico by fraudsters after he had already returned. If you are planning a trip to another country, always keep track of purchases, guard your PIN and check your account activity when you return. For more information on how to protect yourself from debit card fraud, contact your bank for more information.
Serial car burglar charged
Last week, there were numerous car prowlings in Rimbey. An 18-year-old man, a resident of Rimbey, has been charged with possession of stolen property relating to these matters. The investigation continues and further charges are pending.
Man charged with making death threats
A man has been charged with uttering threats to kill. These crimes are on a steady increase with the increased use of text messaging and social media.
Hey Billy — pull over
In the early evening hours of Feb. 19, an alert officer observed a suspicious man driving a Dodge truck and attempted to pull the vehicle over on Highway 20. The driver, a 20-year-old resident of Rimbey, decided to speed away with no attempt to stop for the police vehicle with its red and blue lights activated and siren sounding. The officer safely pulled up alongside the fleeing truck and advised the driver by his first name to pull over by using the loud hailer. The driver subsequently realized if you are going to try to evade police, you should not do it in a small town where the police generally know who you are.
The accused was arrested and had his vehicle seized and impounded. He is charged with tickets totaling over $6,000 and has three additional criminal charges. The accused is a guest of the Queen at the Crow Bar Hotel awaiting his next court date on March 1.
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 *8477 or on Rogers AT&T.
Crime Stoppers is a community program that does work. Do your part and call now.