The Rimbey RCMP detachment responded to 41 calls for service this week. Highlights of the week include drugs, breaching court orders, impaired driving, theft, break and enter and other serious matters.
Drunk driver charged
On March 28, at approximately 1 a.m., officers patrolling Highway 20 near Rimbey stopped a speeding southbound truck. When the officers spoke to the driver it became evident that he had consumed a large number of “wobbly pops”. The 28-year-old man, a resident of Sylvan Lake, was not only drinking and driving, he was found to have marihuana in the vehicle. Charges have been laid and the truck impounded.
Police investigated several incidents involving criminal harassment. Charges have been laid in one case and are pending in another.
On Thursday, April 3 police responded to the Rimbey High School where a fist fight escalated to a report that one of the individuals involved may return to the school with a weapon. The schools in the area took immediate action and went into “lockdown” as a precautionary measure. Police quickly located the 18-year old suspect at a residence in Rimbey where he was arrested and charged accordingly. The school lockdown only lasted approximately one hour. Mounties from Ponoka and Sylvan Lake also responded to assist Rimbey Detachment until the matter was resolved.
ATM theft investigated
On Friday, April 4 at 3 a.m., a white Dodge truck drove into the front doors of a grocery store in Rimbey where two thieves stole the ATM machine located inside the premises. Officers are currently investigating this unusual method of making a withdrawal and are following up on all leads at this time.
Car thefts investigated
Police have been investigating a rash of car thefts occurring in the area and as a result of the investigation police have identified a suspect and are currently seeking the bandit. Charges are pending in multiple cases involving this individual.
Individuals on parole monitored
RCMP continue to monitor individuals on parole and/ or probation to ensure they are abiding by their court imposed conditions in the community. Police breached a youth and an adult when conducting compliance checks this week.
RCMP prepared for May long weekend
RCMP met with several partnering agencies to plan ahead for the upcoming May long weekend. A joint task force has been formed to ensure public safety during the holiday weekend that brings thousands of recreational back country users and lake goers to our community. Police will again be out patrolling trails on ATVs (or snow machines!), waterways by boat (Gull and Medicine Lake) and Jet Boat on the North Saskatchewan River. This joint task force includes RCMP, Alberta Fish and Wildlife, Alberta Forestry, Clearwater County Peace Officers, Alberta Sheriffs, Transport Officers and many others. Each year there are countless serious accidents involving ATVs. There are many courses available throughout Alberta that teach folks of all ages how to safely ride an ATV. Even seasoned veterans could stand to learn a great deal from a certified trainer. Please consider taking your family to an ATV training course and maybe you will prevent an unnecessary injury to one of your loved ones.
If you have any information regarding these or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers:
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