Rimbey RCMP responded to an alarming 67 calls for service this week. Highlights include thefts, impaired drivers, assaults, uttering threats to kill, sexual assault, drugs, domestic disputes, a fatal motor vehicle accident, and other criminal matters.
This week, the Rimbey RCMP detachment laid over 50 criminal charges. Most detachments twice the size of Rimbey will likely not lay that many charges in months.
Drug dealers apprehended
Early in the week, a citizen called police to report that he was approached on Main Street by thugs trying to sell him cocaine. Obviously, these fine characters were not from Rimbey and didn’t realize that is not kosher in these parts! So, police went to work on identifying the unwanted street dealers….
Crime spree in central Alberta
A group of individuals on a crime spree throughout central Alberta had the law finally catch up to them when they ventured to Rimbey. Rimbey RCMP began an investigation into several cases where culprits were using fraudulent credit cards and driver licenses to obtain hotel rooms. When rooms were rented, the criminals vandalized and stole items from the hotel.
Once Rimbey Mounties were hot on their tail, the investigation revealed that they were also responsible for stealing a Nissan 350 high performance sports car from Blackfalds, which police located behind a hotel in Rimbey. The culprits were also linked to a 2013 Dodge Charger obtained by fraud in Red Deer. A local business owner called police reporting that people matching the descriptions had just stole items in his store and had likely committed a credit card fraud as well to purchase a laptop computer. Just when the pieces of the puzzle were starting to come together as to whom these outlaws were, police received a 911 call from a local business owner reporting that a Dodge Charger had just blown by him like he was standing still on Highway 20.
When the alert citizen was dialing 911 to report the reckless driver, they brandished a gun in the window to scare him. In short time, police surrounded the Dodge Charger north of Sylvan Lake and arrested the 29-year-old man and his 23-year-old girlfriend, both residents of Red Deer. Police seized stolen property, methamphetamine, testosterone, marihuana, a replica firearm and other items in the car. Rimbey Mounties completed a search warrant on a hotel room and seized further evidence relating to this crime spree. The two were held in custody….and yes, you guessed it…they were the same characters who were trying to sell cocaine in town.
Car thieves arrested
Police in Rimbey and Sylvan Lake responded to the sighting of a possible stolen Dodge Challenger spotted near Highway 12. Officers located the car near Rainy Creek Rd and arrested one male inside the stolen car. A second thief involved fled the area where the car was located, broke into a farmer’s shop and stole a dirt bike attempting to get back to the city. Police caught the suspect on Aspelund Road when the man lost control of the bike in a canola field after attempting to avoid a roadblock. Both men from Red Deer were charged accordingly.
A couple weeks ago we reported that two bulls caused considerable damage to a truck. This week, a farmer on her ATV was attempting to move a bull in the pasture when he took exception to her intentions and clipped the quad causing it roll in the field. Police, EMS and Fire Department personnel attended and the 48-year-old female was taken to Rimbey Hospital and treated for minor injuries The bull was given a stern warning and knows his next offence will likely be capital punishment.
Drunk driver arrested
Another drunk driver was arrested. Rimbey officers patrolling Highway 20 south of town observed a pickup truck going in the opposite direction veer way over the white line. The diligent members followed the truck and watched it weave back and forth in the lane until it was stopped. A 38-year-old man, a resident of Rocky Mountain House, was arrested and charged with impaired driving. The accused stated he had left a house party in Sylvan Lake and was heading back home.
Police respond to fatality
On September 5th, Police, EMS and the Fire Department attended a fatal accident south of Rimbey during the early evening hours. A local 51-year-old man was working on his pickup truck that was having mechanical issues when the truck rolled over him. RCMP investigated the matter with the assistance of the Collision Analyst team from Red Deer. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and there is no foul play suspected in this case.
Car thieves on rampage
Thieves were going car to car again this week preying upon unlocked vehicles. One victim turned in a Cabela’s fly fishing rod that the thieves had left in the back of his truck. So, if you are missing a fancy piece of your tackle, please call the detachment.
If you have any information regarding this or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers: Phone: 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.