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Internet dating site proves costly

In the last week, the Rimbey RCMP responded to 40 calls for service.

In the last week, the Rimbey RCMP responded to 40 calls for service. Highlights include fraud, drugs, impaired drivers, break and enter and other criminal matters.

Rimbey fraud victim

A woman seeking companionship on an Internet dating site met a man who said he was from Edmonton and serving overseas in the military. During their correspondence he stated he had come into financial difficulties and needed money. Over the course of their “relationship” she wired thousands of dollars to him. Unbeknownst to her, the entire relationship was fictitious and her money ended up in Africa likely supporting a criminal organization.

Several times a week, there are good honest people in our community who send money by wire that have been taken advantage of by criminals halfway across the world. If you would like to see a list of the most recent fraudulent scams you can check them out at

Alarm thwarts thief

On Aug. 1, at approximately 4 a.m., someone broke into a business on Main Street. The would-be thief climbed through a window in the alleyway and triggered the alarm once inside the building. The midnight shopper immediately fled the scene before he/she had a chance to load their pockets. Officers are currently following up on leads in this matter as the investigation continues.

When pit bulls attack

A 34 year old man, wanted by police for outstanding warrants, had his two pit bull dogs stray onto a neighbour’s property where they killed another dog. RCMP and SPCA officers conducting the investigation seized the two pit bulls. The negligent animal owner is still being sought by police for his outstanding warrants.

Drunk driver arrested

Another drunk driver was arrested after being caught driving on Main Street. A 42 year old man, a resident of Calgary, was arrested and charged with impaired driving after he provided breath samples of over double the legal limit. A 27-year-old woman, a resident of Rimbey who was with him at the time, was also charged with public intoxication.

Officers continue to target drugs in the community. Three men, all in their twenties, were charged with possession of illegal narcotics.

Possessed starts with pee

A Rimbey man called 911 last week to report that his dog was “possessed” and acting peculiar while pacing back and forth in the house. The caller exclaimed, “He’s been doing it for hours!” Police contacted the distraught individual and asked if he had let his dog out to pee lately. This was followed by silence on the phone. Miraculously, the demons left the poor dog’s body once he was able to relieve himself outside.

If you have any information regarding this or any other crimes, please call the Rimbey RCMP at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.