This week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 41 calls for service.
Highlights of the week included domestic disputes, theft complaints, break and enters and a search for a missing person.
Rimbey RCMP members arrested a 33-year-old man, a resident of Rimbey, for allegedly assaulting his wife. The man was taken before a justice of the peace and was released with conditions imposed until his next court appearance.
Missing man found camping
On July 16 at 11 p.m., a man was reported missing by his family when he had not been heard from or seen since July 4. The 73-year-old man was last seen camping and adventuring on his ATV near Medicine Lake by himself. According to relatives of the man from Wetaskiwin, he was going to be camping in the Rocky Mountain House or Alder Flats area for another week. When a week had long since passed and he had not returned home, the family became worried and called police.
Due to the vast area involved, officers from Rimbey organized a search with the assistance of other detachments and partnering agencies. The man was located on Saturday afternoon in good health in the Nordegg area camping and enjoying life oblivious to the family’s and police concerns for his well being.
If you are planning an adventure to the great outdoors, have a plan. Notify a contact person of where you are going and when you plan to return. Give them an exact location where you will be in the event you do encounter difficulties on your trip.
Youths take car for joy ride
Also late on July 16, two male youths, who are very well known to police, allegedly took a vehicle in Rimbey without the owner’s consent and went joy riding. The youths committed a traffic violation in front of a police car and when the officer attempted to stop the car it took off at a high rate of speed. Officers followed the car and located it a short time later without any occupants.
The police dog was quickly on scene and the two culprits were arrested hiding in nearby bushes. The one young lad is now recovering from a nasty dog bite and both have been charged with the crimes.
Belt buckles stolen in B&E
On July 19, during daylight hours, a break and enter occurred at a residence just south of Rimbey on the east side of Highway 20. In this case, jewelry and souvenir cowboy belt buckles were stolen.
Police received more cattle at large complaints and a goat was no match for a Dodge Cummins and died instantly at the scene where it was apparently following the chicken across the road.
Police also apprehended a man northwest of Rimbey with mental health issues and was taken to the hospital for treatment. In this case, the police dog was not required. The man was tired of wandering in the fields knee-deep in mud from all the rain and was caught on a range road happy to give himself up.
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.