Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated over 100 files this reporting period. Highlights include copper wire thefts, mischief, missing persons, drugs, fraud, sexual assault, domestic assault and other serious matters.
Copper wire theft
Thieves stealing copper wire from oil lease sites hit the rural area northwest of Bluffton. In total, 11 sites were targeted by criminals in the Rimbey and Breton Detachment area. Investigators are following up on all leads at this time.
A woman in distress, being pursued by her common-law spouse, ran into the detachment seeking help after their heated argument led to her being physically assaulted. The 28-year-old man, a resident of Rimbey, was arrested and charged with assault. If you or a loved one is in need of assistance relating to domestic violence – there is help. Please contact the Rimbey and District Victim Services Unit at (403) 843-8494 before matters escalate.
Police arrested four individuals who were ‘wanted’. If you are on the run and tired of looking over your shoulder, you are welcome to come turn yourself in. There is no good time to get arrested. But, it is really not a good time when we catch you on the highway and now you’re stuck with a tow bill as well. A while ago, we warned a man to turn himself in and deal with his outstanding warrants for drug offences. He didn’t, and was arrested at the Calgary International Airport on his way to the NFL Pro Bowl game in Hawaii. From what I understand, he didn’t even get to watch the game on TV from jail and his wife spent their beach holiday sipping Pina Coladas all by herself.
Stolen property recovered
An officer stopped a suspicious vehicle on Centerview Road. When the Mountie dug deeper into why the man was shaking like a leaf, he uncovered over $8,000 in stolen property in the vehicle. The accused, who is well known to police, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property. Numerous weapons were seized in the vehicle as well. The stolen items linked back to a break and enter at a business in the Breton area that occurred four years ago. The insurance company who had paid out the original property owner was very thankful to have the stolen property recovered by police.
RCMP on lookout for thieves
Unknown culprit(s) cut the lock off a storage shed behind a house in Rimbey. The bandit stole a pair of cross country skis and a weed eater. Police are currently investigating this crime.
Rimbey Mounties recovered a stolen car abandoned in town. The tenacious officer went to work trying to solve the mystery of how the car ended up in Rimbey from another jurisdiction. When the dust settled, Rimbey detachment laid over 15 criminal charges against four offenders from the Red Deer and Sylvan Lake area. One of the offenders was already in custody serving time for other matters. Police attended the offender’s new residence and served him with 10 more charges. Hopefully, he spreads the word in the ‘big house’ to not come to Rimbey if they plan on breaking the law.
Police will be out patrolling the waterways this summer. Always have the necessary life jackets, bailing bucket, sounding device, paddles and licenses on board before you leave the dock. Please ensure that while you are out enjoying Mother Nature that you are prepared for her worst in the event the weather changes without notice. Always let a friend or family member know where you are going and when you plan on returning from your outing. Every year police are called by concerned persons whose loved ones have not returned from a favourite fishing or hunting spot. In some cases, the only lead we have to work with is that they “went out west”. We know you all have a secret fishing spot…but don’t make it so secret that even your wife has no idea where it is.