This past week, the Rimbey RCMP responded to 40 calls for service. Highlights of the week include a break and enter, theft, assault and other serious criminal matters.
In the very early morning hours of Saturday, April 20th, at approximately 5:30 a.m., unknown culprit(s) rammed their vehicle through the front doors of a business located in Bluffton. The alarm was triggered and the would-be thieves fled the scene quickly before they had a chance to steal anything. Rimbey Mounties, including officers from the Forensic Identification Unit, are following up on leads in this case.
RCMP assists with structural fire
In the evening hours of April 20th, officers assisted the Fire Department with a structure fire in Bluffton. A detached garage was fully engulfed in flames when emergency personnel attended the scene. Fortunately, the fire was contained quickly by the firemen and no residences were damaged. Foul play is not suspected in this case and no one was seriously injured.
Fireworks mistaken for gun shots
On the weekend, several folks in town called 911 to report possible gun shots. Police located two males setting off fireworks. Both males were charged in this case.
More criminals were actively targeting fuel in the Rimbey area this week. On April 22nd, thieves stole fuel and a fuel pump from a bridge construction site north of Rimbey on Highway 20. Diesel fuel was stolen from heavy equipment located on a farm quarter along the Medicine River adjacent to Township Road 410. In this case, the bandits also started up the back-hoe and bulldozer at the scene and ran over a large stand of beautiful spruce trees.
Electrocuted raven starts grass fire
On April 24, officers quickly attended another fire located near Highway 766 and Leedale Road. Firemen quickly had this fire under control before it spread into a large scale grass fire. Fortunately, no buildings or residences were damaged in this case . The subsequent investigation revealed that the arsonist was not so lucky. Police located the culprit deceased on scene. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together investigators surmised that a raven flew into the power line or electrical transformer and was electrocuted. The large bird burst into flames and fell to the ground starting the grass on fire. Due to dry conditions, the fire spread quickly. Please take the necessary precautions when having an outdoor fire and check with your respective County before lighting up, in case there is a local fire ban in effect.
Police located stolen vehicle and trailer
Police located another stolen vehicle and trailer this week. The investigation is continuing into those matters and no charges have been laid at this time.
Chronic offenders charged
Mounties continue to monitor repeat offenders and again charged several chronic offenders with breaching their respective court orders.
Alleyway speeders beware
Your local law enforcement officers will be cracking down on motorists speeding in the alleyways. The maximum speed limit in an alley is 20 km/hr. If you would like to review this and other Bylaws, please check out www.rimbey.com