This week Rimbey RCMP responded to 52 calls for service. Highlights include impaired drivers, theft, drugs, assault and other serious matters.
Driver charged with drug possession
On Saturday, November 23, a Rimbey Mountie patrolling near Bluffton stopped a car after he observed the driver not wearing his seat belt. When the officer requested the 28-year-old man’s driver’s license he noticed that he had been drinking as well. Further investigation revealed the man had two bags of marihuana hidden under the seat. The accused, a resident of Rimbey, has been charged with unlawful possession of marihuana and had his driver’s license suspended.
Copper wire theft
On Tuesday, November 26, police responded to a copper wire theft complaint at a gas plant located near Highway 766 and the Leedale Road. Unknown culprit(s) entered the lease site and stole a large amount of ground wire. Police are actively investigating this case.
Drunk driver charged
Later in the evening on November 26, police received a call from a concerned citizen who believed a man may be poaching near Range Road 40 and Township Road 430. An officer quickly responded and located the suspect, a resident of Rimbey, driving a jeep in the immediate area. The officer quickly ascertained that the man was drunk and arrested him for impaired driving. The 58-year-old man provided breath samples that were over three times the legal limit and has been charged accordingly.
On Friday, November 29, at approximately 6 a.m., an alert citizen called police when they observed a truck in the ditch on Lockhart Road near Centerview Road. A Rimbey Mountie quickly responded and located the truck as it was just departing the area after a good Samaritan helped pull them out. The vehicle was stopped and found to have been stolen earlier from the Edmonton area. The two occupants of the vehicle were both arrested on scene and taken straight to jail.
RCMP charged a local man in a domestic assault case. Family and Children Services assisted police in this case as there were children involved. Domestic abuse is not acceptable and is a regular occurrence in this detachment area. Please seek help if you are in an abusive relationship before it involves the police. Rimbey and District Victim Services Unit offers many services and can refer you in the right direction before it escalates to violence. Please call (403) 843-8494 for more information.
Mountie uses unique policing methods
Your local detachment staff took an evening off this week and enjoyed a dinner theatre production for their annual Christmas party. A member from a neighbouring detachment patrolled town in our absence. Staff were pleasantly surprised upon returning to Rimbey to find out that no shenanigans had taken place. We asked the fine constable what he did when we were away? He responded, “I just parked my police car at the four-way stop in the middle of town and taped a big two by four in my hand. Everyone knew there was a new sheriff in town and that they better behave!” Well, now we know what works!
If you have any information regarding this or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers:
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