RCMP warn residents to lock up vehicles and valuables

Rimbey RCMP had a steady week, taking on 40 new investigations.

  • Dec. 24, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Early morning crash: On Dec. 15 at about 6 a.m. a single vehicle accident occurred at the junction of Township Road 430 and Range Road 41 when an out of control vehicle went across the road and hit a fence. The hood and the front of the truck was heavily damaged and the driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Rimbey RCMP had a steady week, taking on 40 new investigations. Highlights of the week include another domestic assault, break and enters, theft and other criminal matters.

Burglars hit farm businesses

Early Monday morning, Dec. 17, at approximately 4:30 a.m., culprits broke into two separate farm equipment businesses in Rimbey. The thieves stole tools, chain saws and other items. Officers from Rimbey detachment, with the assistance of the RCMP Forensic Identification Section, are investigating the matter.

Domestic violence

Police responded to several more situations where spouses were arguing. In one incident, a man is being sought by police for assaulting his estranged spouse. In each case, alcohol was a factor. If you are finding yourself in these types of situations, there is help. Please contact the Rimbey Victim Services Unit for more information at (403) 843-8494.

Snow blindness

Surprisingly, road conditions do not seem to deter some folks from driving their own car like it was stolen. In one case, an officer was driving with extra caution due to a recent snow flurry. A lady, was apparently so blinded by the snow did not notice the truck she was passing was a fully marked police vehicle. Or maybe it was because she was going 150 km/h… Either way, she did notice the red and blue lights in her rear view mirror. Once she pays off the huge ticket she received, the Alberta Government will have a significant dent in its fiscal deficit next year.

Lock it or lose it

A local shopper had some money and personal identification stolen after he left his vehicle unlocked and unattended when he ran into a store for a quick minute. In this cold weather, it is tempting to leave the car running while you run errands. Please do not leave a vehicle unlocked and unattended. Don’t tempt an opportunistic thief who may be watching and waiting. Never store valuables in your vehicle overnight. If you have electronics, please write down the serial number and store them in a safe place in the event you do lose something in the future.

Leopard can’t change its spots

Police continue to monitor chronic habitual offenders in the Rimbey area. Several more “regulars” have been arrested and charged for failing to abide by their court imposed release conditions. One individual was recently released from jail (again) but this time she was ordered by the court to not set foot in Rimbey … so being diligent at what we do, Rimbey RCMP notified the police force of jurisdiction immediately where the person was now residing of her location and habits. In one day, she became the focus of another investigation and more criminal charges are pending.

More thefts in rural area

Police are actively investigating thefts occurring in the rural area. Please lock up your fuel tanks and don’t leave keys in equipment. If you see anything suspicious, please call us immediately so we can catch the bandits red-handed. Unless, of course, you hear hooves tapping on your roof followed by seeing a big jolly ol’ fella in your kitchen drinking a glass of milk and eating your plateful of cookies. Merry Christmas everyone!

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

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