Rimbey RCMP detachment responded to 50 calls for service this week. Highlights of the week include drunk drivers, search warrants, arrests and many charges in relation to stolen property, illegal guns and other serious matters.
Impaired driver charged
On Saturday, May 24, after midnight, an alert officer patrolling Highway 20 stopped a pickup truck for speeding. The investigation revealed the driver had just left a community hall function south of Rimbey where he had consumed too many spirits. The 23-year-old man, a resident of Rimbey, was arrested for impaired driving and his Chevrolet Silverado seized. The accused provided breath samples over the legal limit and has been criminally charged. Unbelievably, within a short time afterwards another vehicle speeding on Highway 20 was also stopped and the 18-year-female driver from Calgary was found to be impaired. The accused in this case had her vehicle impounded and has been charged criminally for drunk driving.
A local farmer approached the Detachment Commander to express his concern for speeders on the Medicine Lake Road. With a wily grin, he asked if officers could do more patrols out that way and hand out a few tickets…so long as we didn’t bust him for not wearing his seat belt!
Mounties say thanks
Officers were out and about in the rural area not only in the Medicine Lake area but everywhere west of the 5th Meridian. In some cases, wonderful folks invited members in for a coffee and shared some of their local insights and knowledge of the area. Thank you for being our eyes and ears out there. There are only so many officers to cover an enormous area, please help us help you. Call the detachment at (403) 843-2223 immediately if you see any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood.
Crime Watch could use more members
If you want to join a wonderful volunteer organization, call the detachment to learn more about the Rimbey and District Rural Crime Watch Association. There are many new faces in this group and it is a great way to be part of your community and help fight crime too!
Your local detachment continues to keep drug dealers and the local users in their sights. Mounties became aware of a double barrel 12-gauge shotgun that had recently been stolen from a farmhouse near Leedale. The subsequent investigation led police to the stolen gun that was seized from a very well known individual who has been recently charged with drug possession and other serious matters. The shotgun had its serial number ground off by the culprit(s) who had it in their possession. The firearm has been sent to the RCMP Forensic Lab for further examination. Serious charges are pending as this case is evolving. Other stolen items were also recovered during the course of the investigation, which will be returned to the thankful owner.
Please take photographs of valuables around the house and note the serial numbers for future reference in the event you become a victim of crime. Having a photo and identifying features and numbers may make the difference in you getting your property back that you worked so hard for.
Post pounder seized
On Thursday, May 29, police in Rimbey conducted a search warrant at a farm located on the Medicine Lake Road in relation to a stolen property investigation. Police seized a $15,000 post pounder during the search. Charges are pending in this case as the investigation continues at this time.
Kindergarten tours detachment
Kindergarten kids toured the detachment this week. These amazing, inquisitive kids were full of questions and took turns getting fingerprinted, turning on the siren and the red and blue lights! There weren’t enough handcuffs to go around but everyone fit in the jail! Thanks to the teachers and their helpers for bringing the young smiling faces to see us for a quick visit. It is a real honour to work here in Rimbey where there are so many nice people to serve and protect.
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:
#8477 on Telus Mobility
*8477 on Rogers AT&T
Crime Stoppers is a community program that does work! Do your part and call now.