Crime continues throughout Christmas season

Rimbey RCMP had another busy week investigating more than 55 files.

  • Dec. 11, 2012 3:00 p.m.

Rimbey RCMP had another busy week investigating more than 55 files. Highlights of the week include uttering threats to kill, sexual assaults, criminal harassment, theft and other criminal matters.

Dangerous copper wire theft

Copper wire theft is still occurring throughout central Alberta. Another site was hit near Highway 22 and Highway 53 west of town. Culprit(s) stole wire from the site by cutting and removing the ground wires. Police were concerned they might find one of the bandits lit up like a Christmas tree when they attended the scene. However, no one was injured while committing this crime and police are following up on leads in this and other related cases.

Thanks for the lift

A Rimbey resident noticed his truck had been stolen during the night and went to investigate the matter himself rather than call police. He followed the fresh truck tracks in the snow leading to a stolen car that had crashed in the ditch. He found an intoxicated man sitting in the passenger seat who was waiting for his “ride.” The gentleman offered the man a ride to town since he was cold.

On the way to town they noticed the thief driving, so the victim dropped off the passenger so he could be with his partner in crime and they went on their merry way. Police are now attempting to locate the two males responsible for the crime and are following up on arresting the suspects.

Weather challenges motorists

Winter road conditions and fog made driving a challenge this week. Police responded to several collisions. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported. Unfortunately, several deer that managed to duck and weave hunter’s bullets last month failed to use the marked “deer crossing signs” and were struck down throughout the county.

Agencies helping victims

Police are investigating several sexual assault complaints. In most cases, Children’s Services and the Rimbey Victim Services Unit are assisting police.

Follow the Good Book

A Rimbey man who was recently charged with uttering threats to kill was arrested again for criminal harassment and mischief. He apparently missed the Sunday School message where they teach everyone to “love thy neighbor.”

Stolen ornaments found

Police have located several Jolly Old Saint Nick decorations in the community that were obviously stolen from someone’s yard and relocated to another location. If you have recently lost a large plastic Santa, please call the detachment.

Don’t drink and drive

Your detachment is striving to keep the roads safe for everyone this holiday season. If you are planning on attending a Christmas party and anticipate consuming some spirits, please arrange a ride ahead of time to get home safely without getting behind the wheel. Nothing is worse for an officer than having to attend a home lit up in holiday cheer to tell the person who answers the door that their loved one is not coming home for Christmas. Please, for heaven’s sake, don’t drink and drive!

Thanks for filling in

Sgt. Mark Groves would like to thank Const. Luke Halvorson for filling in for him and for writing the police report this last month so he could satisfy his addiction to fine Cajun cuisine and bass fishing.

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.

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