Last week the Rimbey RCMP responded to more than 45 calls for service. The highlights — or lowlights — include impaired driving and the theft of copper wire.
Thefts from town, county and business
RCMP have received complaints of thefts from both town and rural areas, including bikes stolen from a yard in town, as well thefts from unlocked vehicles. RCMP are also investigating an internal theft from a business in Rimbey.
Four suspected drunk drivers arrested
Impaired drivers were targeted last week with four arrests. On Aug. 10, a 67-yearold male from Rocky Mountain house was found impaired well driving. He was also on conditions not to consume alcohol and was suspended from driving as a result of a previous impaired driving conviction. He is facing several charges and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
On Aug. 12, a 30-year-old male from Bentley was arrested for impaired driving and provided samples of his breath that were over three times the legal limit. He was charged and had his licence suspended immediately until the matter is resolved in court. His vehicle was also impounded for three days.
A 25-year-old Hinton man was found to be stunting his vehicle at a local campground on Aug. 13, and the investigating officer found the man was intoxicated and arrested him. He provided samples over twice the legal limit, he too had his vehicle impounded, licence suspended and is facing a court date.
On Aug. 14 a 46-year-old Lacombe woman was extremely fortunate, as she had passed out behind the wheel and came to rest on the boulevard of the oncoming lane, without colliding with anything, or more importantly, anybody. When the investigating officer arrived the woman was still passed out. She was charged with impaired driving and refusing to provide a sample of her breath. Her vehicle was impounded and licence immediately suspended. All four of these people have had previous impaired driving related incidents.
Elder abuse alleged
Rimbey RCMP also are investigating several family disputes, including one where a son has threatened to come and kill his father. The father has alleged that the son is causing him to be the victim of elder abuse. The son, upset over this allegation, felt the only thing to do was to prove his dad right and threaten to kill him.
Mounties get their copper wire thief
Rimbey and Breton RCMP have stepped up patrols in rural areas around Iola Road and out toward Highway 22 after numerous copper wire thefts. As result of these patrols, RCMP apprehended a suspect as he was stealing copper wire. Murlin Becker, 29, of Buck Lake, was charged with theft over $5,000, mischief over $5,000 and failing to comply with conditions. The investigation of copper wire thefts is ongoing and more offenders are being sought. Residents are reminded to be vigilant of vehicles coming and going from lease sites and to report any suspicious vehicles.
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.
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