Female attempts to escape after being arrested by Rimbey RCMP

Google play cards demanded as payment by individuals involved in fraud

n the last week Rimbey RCMP responded to 46 calls for service. These calls include but are not limited to: twelve suspicious person or vehicle files; two reports of mischief; two fraud complaints; and five theft related files.

This past week while investigating a report of a stolen vehicle, Rimbey officers were able to arrest two individuals on outstanding warrants.

One individual, a female of no fixed address from the Red Deer area was arrested on two outstanding warrants from Edmonton charges regarding trafficking of stolen property, possession of a restricted firearm, failure to comply with probation orders, failure to attend court, and multiple drug offenses. She was taken into custody, but not before running away from the officer in a swift attempt at escape. As a result of running she was handed an additional charge of resisting a peace officer. She is to appear in court regarding these matters at a later date.

The second individual, a female from Rimbey, was arrested on multiple Red Deer warrants stemming from possession of a controlled substance charges as well as failing to appear for court. She was arrested and released on a recognizance and is to appear in Red Deer court on June 7.

In the past couple of weeks Rimbey RCMP have received a few reports of unknown callers attempting to swindle some unsuspecting people out of large sums of money. The callers, many of whom claim to be from credit card companies, inform the recipient that there has been fraudulent activity on their credit card and must send gift cards in order to remedy the activity. In these cases, payment in the form of Google Play cards has been demanded.

With the cooperation of some local businesses, a few recipients of these calls have avoided becoming victims. In one case, employees at the Rimbey Co-op noticed an individual attempting to purchase upwards of $1,000 worth of Google Play cards. They suggested the individual attend the RCMP Detachment to report this in the likelihood it was a scam. The RCMP appreciates the actions of responsible local businesses that are actively helping protect the community and its residents.

With Victims and Survivors of Crime Week fast approaching, Rimbey Victim Services would like to remind everyone once again about some great events happening at the end of May. The public can look forward to presentations on internet safety, crime prevention, and much more. Be sure to check out the Rimbey Victim Services Facebook page for more information.

If you have information on this or any other crime, contact your local RCMP Detachment at 403-843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted online at www.P3tips.com, or you can download the P3 Tips app for Android or Apple on your smart phone. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash award.

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