This week, Rimbey RCMP responded to 37 calls for service. Highlights, not surprisingly, include impaired drivers, motor vehicle collisions, break and enter, theft and other serious matters.
Bandit arrested in Rimbey
On Saturday, December 15, just after midnight, a 25-year-old man from Leduc was in Rimbey partying. After consuming illegal drugs he went on a rampage breaking into houses and causing a disturbance. The accused was arrested red handed when he was caught trying to enter another house. Mounties welcomed him to Rimbey with a new pair of silver bracelets and a free ride to jail after he resisted arrest. Unfortunately, when the bandit broke into one house several dogs escaped through the open door. To date, all the dogs have been found but one. If you have seen a brown female Terrier, approximately 12 pounds, 14”-16” in length and approximately 12” tall, please call the detachment. It would be great if “Missy” could be home for Christmas!
Several motor vehicle collisions occurred throughout the detachment area. Officers responded to several rollovers, deer strikes and other crashes. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported.
Impaired drivers face charges
Another impaired driver was arrested making his way home after a night out drinking. The 34-yearold male, driving a Chevrolet truck, was charged after he blew over the legal limit. Several offenders were convicted of impaired driving in court last Friday. If you are out tonight celebrating and are thinking of driving ask yourself this, “is it worth thousands of dollars in fines and losing my vehicle?”. Don’t stop there. Ask anyone who has been convicted of drunk driving how difficult it is to get to work without a driver’s license for at least one year. How hard do you think it is to go to Vegas with a criminal record, etc.? Just imagine, if you were that person who killed an entire family on their way to hockey practice … could you live with that? Ask yourself again, “is it worth it!?!” RCMP in Rimbey have charged well over 30 motorists since April 1st with drunk driving. Other towns in Alberta our size have less than 10 in an entire year. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
Gas and dash
On Wednesday, December 18, a stolen Chevrolet truck did a “gas and dash” at a local fuel vendor. After filling up, the driver fled the gas station without paying. The investigation revealed that the truck had been recently stolen from Blackfalds. By noon, officers had recovered the truck and one adult male was arrested and is currently in custody awaiting the outcome of the investigation with criminal charges pending.
Police continue to round up wanted persons who have been evading police. A 35-year-old female was arrested in Rimbey with six outstanding warrants for her arrest. Another 24-year-old female attended court to contest a speeding ticket to avoid losing her license as it was under review for having so many recent driving offences. This particular lead foot was surprised when she was advised she was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Apparently, she has had so many speeding tickets it was too difficult to keep all the court dates straight and one went to warrant.
It is no secret that our staff deal with very difficult and disrespectful people almost daily. However, in our community the overwhelming kindness and generosity shown by so many of the wonderful citizens far outweighs the negative situations we may endure during a shift. Countless people have dropped off fresh baked goods and chocolates for us to enjoy and to share with others. A young lady recovering from a meth addiction was in custody this week and enjoyed a freshly baked treat that was given to our office. Her smile after tasting some fresh home cooking made our week.
All the members and staff at Rimbey Detachment would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
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:
#8477 on Telus Mobility
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