RCMP make arrests in car thefts

  • Feb. 15, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Last week, Rimbey Mounties responded to 46 calls for service.

Highlights of the week include impaired driving, theft, recovered stolen vehicle, drug and other criminal investigations.

Carry your papers or pay a fine

RCMP staff received complaints of 12 motor vehicle collisions. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported in any of these cases. Unfortunately, it is too common for folks to be involved in a crash and not have their insurance and registration papers with them. This is a requirement under the Traffic Safety Act and carries a hefty penalty of $172 for offence if you are unable to provide them to an officer upon request. Take a moment and ensure yours are up to date.

Drunk driver arrested

Police continue to crack down on impaired drivers in the community. On Friday night, at approximately 11:00 p.m., a 35-year-old man from Stettler was arrested for drunk driving and will appear in Rimbey court in March. The accused provided breath samples of over double the legal limit.

Arrests made in vehicle thefts

Another stolen truck was recovered in the remote bush country west of Rimbey. Police have arrested several people in recent weeks in the Rimbey, Drayton Valley and Breton relating to the recent thefts in the Rimbey area. These folks are learning the hard way that “crime doesn’t pay.” Members are still diligently working on the outstanding unsolved cases and are using every tool and partnering agency available in an effort to solve these crimes as well.

Rural Crime watch camaraderie

On the evening of Feb. 9 the Rimbey and District Rural Crime Watch Association held its annual general meeting at the Bluffton Hall. A fish and wildlife officer and RCMP were in attendance. It was a real pleasure to meet so many keen citizens working together with police and wildlife officers towards the goal of a safe homes and communities.

Those at the meeting enjoyed a wonderful home-cooked supper and good company. If you are interested in becoming a member of the association, please give the detachment a call for more information.

Finally, the Rimbey RCMP are already planning ahead for the May long weekend. Medicine Lake and the areas along the North Saskatchewan River will see an increased presence of RCMP, sheriffs, Clearwater County peace officers, fish and wildlife, forestry and other agencies patrolling the trails, lakes and rivers. In recent years, thousands of people from Edmonton and elsewhere descend on these areas during the holiday weekend.

Rimbey RCMP and these other partnering agencies have formed a Joint Task Force that has proved to be very successful in past years. The Joint Task Force will again actively patrol this upcoming May long weekend west of Rimbey to ensure the environment is safe and those who are out enjoying it are doing so respectfully.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes, please call the Rimbey RCMP detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 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.