Rimbey RCMP investigate resident’s identity theft

Over the weekend a 26-year-old resident of Winfield did the right thing by not driving after drinking at a local watering hole. Unfortunately, that was the only right thing that he did.

  • Aug. 10, 2010 2:00 p.m.

This week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 54 calls for service.

The members were kept busy dealing with noise complaints, property crime offences, collisions and other traffic related issues.

A good idea gone bad

Over the weekend a 26-year-old resident of Winfield did the right thing by not driving after drinking at a local watering hole. Unfortunately, that was the only right thing that he did. This guy decided to steal a bicycle and crash it, breaking the beer bottle that he snuck out of the bar. RCMP witnessed this and stopped to talk with this fellow, who subsequently provided a false name. When his true identity was revealed, it was learned that he was under court-ordered conditions to not drink or be found in a bar. He has been charged with theft, obstruction and breach of probation.

All revved up…

It was a noisy long weekend for the RCMP who responded to numerous noise complaints in Rimbey, Bluffton and at Gull Lake. One of the noisemakers must have been missing the snow as he was driving and revving his snowmobile — much to the dismay of his sleeping neighbors.

Lock it or lose it

After investigating numerous thefts and break and enters, members would like to remind everyone to make sure their house and cars are locked up and items left in the yard are put away or secured, and to report suspicious people to the police. Items stolen range from gas, to packaged meat to cattle guards and bicycles.

Resident’s identity stolen

Rimbey RCMP received a call from a resident who advised that he received a call from his bank asking why he had stopped paying the loan on his truck. Defaulting on loans is not normally a matter for the police, but this resident then advised that he has never owned this truck. It appears someone has stolen this resident’s identity, bought a new truck and got 11 credit cards in the resident’s name. The investigation into this is ongoing.

Please keep your identification safe, don’t carry your birth certificate or social insurance cards in your wallets or purses, report all lost or stolen identification to the police. It is also a good idea to periodically check on your credit history.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes, please call the Rimbey RCMP detachment 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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