Rimbey RCMP had a steady week responding to numerous oilfield thefts, uttering threats to kill, assault, impaired driving and other criminal matters.
Police follow lead in wire theft case
RCMP in Rimbey has been inundated with copper wire thefts from oilfield lease sites throughout the detachment area. Clearwater County has been the hardest hit. The thieves have been targeting remote rural lease sites off the beaten path. In one case, RCMP in Rimbey attended the scene of a recent copper wire theft in the area west of Highway 22. After the officers did their best impression of “Columbo” they returned to Rimbey and compiled all the evidence and prepared a search warrant.
Rimbey Mounties stretched their boundaries and executed a search warrant in the Caroline area where a residential property was thoroughly searched for stolen goods. The investigation into this matter continues. Police encourage everyone to call 911 immediately to report any suspicious people or vehicles seen in or around oil lease sites who don’t appear to belong there.
Bluffton drunk has truck seized
Another impaired driver was arrested. Under the new legislation this drunk driver lost his license until his matter is settled in court. The accused, a 67-year-old farmer, also lost his pickup, which was seized at the scene. In the last few weeks this Bluffton-area man has been stopped by Rimbey officers three times. In each case he had open liquor in the vehicle; this time he was drunk. In addition to all the tickets he had already received for open alcohol in a vehicle, now he has numerous criminal charges to deal with.
Your local police are working hard to keep our roadways safe for everyone. If you are considering a night out on the town to kick up your heels, please plan ahead and make plans to get a ride from a sober friend or family member. I am sure they would rather give you a ride safely home than to follow the hearse with you in it to the cemetery.
Motorcycle stolen from campsite
Sometime on the weekend a green 2000 Kawasaki 250 motorcycle was stolen from a campsite at Medicine Lake. The bike has not been located.
Keep your cows locked up
Stray animals have caused havoc on rural roads and even caused two collisions on Secondary Highway 766 where a herd of cows on the road did not make it back to the pasture alive. Please ensure your livestock are not on any roadway where they endanger motorists.
Const. Luke Halvorson was seen in town wearing a hockey helmet while out walking his dog. I guess he was not taking any more chances after the recent hailstorm made his new home look like Swiss cheese.
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.
Crime Stoppers is a community program that does work. Do your part and call now.