Rimbey RCMP investigate Christmas Eve crime spree

This week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 40 calls for service.

  • Jan. 7, 2014 12:00 p.m.

This week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 40 calls for service. Highlights include break and enter, mischief, drugs, stolen vehicles and other serious matters.

Slow down when passing emergency vehicles

On Christmas Eve, police responded to a rollover on Highway 22. A Dodge pickup truck lost control on the icy road and crashed. While police were on scene attending to the driver, several other motorists sped past the emergency vehicles without any attempt to slow down nearly causing another catastrophe. In Alberta, it is the law to slow to 60 km/hr. when passing an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Our officers, firemen and paramedics go the extra mile every day to help people in need and this law is in place to protect them so they can go home at the end of their shift to their families. Please slow down.

Christmas Eve crime spree

Unknown culprits went on a crime spree on Christmas Eve breaking into churches and businesses in Rimbey. The thieves targeted any cash left in the premises. Police are actively investigating the matters with the assistance of the Forensic Identification Unit. Several other towns in Central Alberta were hit as well, possibly by the same criminals, while Santa was busy delivering presents to those who were good. It is highly doubtful that Ol’ Saint Nick made a stop at these miscreants’ houses!

Thieves rounded up

Rimbey Mounties rounded up several thieves over the holidays. A 17-year-old male was arrested for stealing a car. The investigation revealed that he had allegedly stolen three other vehicles over the holidays in Rimbey and was charged with all four offences. The youth has been remanded in custody and is being held at the Young Offenders Centre in Edmonton.

Hotel room searched

Rimbey detachment also executed a search warrant on a hotel room in Rimbey where they seized numerous stolen items. A local 21-year-old male has been charged with possession of stolen property relating to several thefts from vehicles following the raid on his hotel room.

New Year’s Eve search results in charges laid

Your local detachment continued to pursue bandits and executed another search warrant at a residence in Rimbey on New Year’s Eve where stolen property was recovered. Items seized by police were from several local business break-ins that occurred in recent months. A 32-year-old man, a resident of Rimbey, has been charged with eight criminal charges, including break and enter, theft of motor vehicle and possession of stolen property. The accused has been remanded in custody.

Snowmobilers trespassing

Police checked numerous recreational snowmobile users who were following the rules. However, some snowmobile enthusiasts are not obeying the rules regarding trespassing. You must ensure you have permission to access any private land regardless if there is a trail already through a field or not. Please, ask permission first. With the deep snow, conditions are hazardous for going through a barbed wire fence that is not visible under the blanket of snow that is now several feet deep. Be safe, always wear a helmet. Take an axe, food and survival gear with you. You never know when you may get stuck and walking out in snow up to your waist may not be possible. Take a satellite phone in case you are in an area where cell phone coverage is poor and always tell a friend or family member where you are going sledding and when you expect to return. You do not want to be injured out there and know that there is no one in the world who has any idea of where you are!

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:

PHONE: 1-800-222-8477

#8477 on Telus Mobility

*8477 on Rogers AT&T

Crime Stoppers is a community program that does work! Do your part and call now.


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