Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 71 files this reporting period. Highlights include three more impaired driving charges, break and enters, a sudden death, several assaults, collisions, trespassing and other serious matters.
Back in jail
Rimbey RCMP have been monitoring individuals in the community on parole and probation orders to ensure they have been abiding by their release conditions. Two more offenders were charged this week for not following the judges’ orders and found themselves back in jail.
A concerned citizen called police to report a reckless driver on an ATV near the Rimbey Gas Plant. Police responded to the area and located the suspect driving on a Range Road. The driver of the ATV fled from police when the officer turned on the emergency lights and siren to stop the four-wheeler. Police did not pursue the dangerous driver and instead returned to Rimbey and sat quietly in an alleyway and waited. Within 10 minutes, the culprit was arrested trying to sneak back into town. The 30-year-old accused, a resident of Rimbey, has been charged criminally for his actions and now has four flat tires to repair after he drove over a police spike belt!
Three drunks arrested
Mounties continue to target impaired drivers and arrested three more drunks behind the wheel this week. In one case, the 18-year-old driver, a resident of Rimbey, had several youths in the vehicle with him when he was arrested. Fortunately, police were vigilant and out patrolling the streets and highways and intercepted this dangerous driver before anything tragic happened. In another matter, a 49-year-old woman, a resident of Rimbey, was arrested at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon driving her 1998 Honda Accord around town. The accused in this case, blew nearly 4X times the legal limit! Again, the Judge imposed stiff sentences for impaired driving offences on the last court date including jail and fines exceeding $3,000.
No foul play in death
On October 24, police attended a residence in Rimbey to check on the welfare of a man who had not been seen or heard from in several days. Officers found the 46-year-old man deceased in his residence. The subsequent police and coroner’s investigation revealed that there was no foul play involved in the death.
Mounties on lookout for thief
On Tuesday, October 28, at approximately 3 p.m., a thief drove into acreage on Highway 53 east of Rimbey and asked the kind owner of the residence if he could use his phone. The man generously offered the man his cell phone to make a call and then stepped into the kitchen to make his visitor some tea. When the homeowner returned from the kitchen, he found the cell phone, wallet and a brief case he owned had been stolen by the passer-by. Police were already seeking the fugitive who was driving a stolen truck from Red Deer that had been lifted earlier in the day. The investigation has revealed that this thief likely committed numerous crimes in Central Alberta in the hours prior to this offence. Police are following up on leads at this time as the investigation continues.
Rifle hunting season open
Rifle hunting season in most parts of the detachment area opened on November 1. RCMP and Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers will be patrolling rural areas to ensure that all hunters are following the rules. Please read and understand all the regulations and follow them. As a reminder, it is unlawful to have ammunition in your firearm while in your vehicle or to shoot from, along or across any roadway. It is also against the law to shoot within 200 metres of a residence unless you have permission from the homeowner to do so. If Bullwinkle has a saddle on him – don’t shoot! Have a safe and successful hunting season.
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
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