Rimbey RCMP responded to 40 calls for service last week. Highlights of the week include a plethora of copper wire thefts, uttering threats to kill, assaults, criminal harassment, impaired driving, domestic disputes and other serious matters.
Supersized drunk driver
On Thanksgiving Day, an alert Rimbey Mountie observed a vehicle driving erratically in town. A 26-year-old Bluffton-area woman stated she had “one drink” when the officer inquired about her sobriety. She didn’t however elaborate how big the drink really was as she provided two breath samples registering over twice the legal limit. She was charged accordingly.
More copper wire thefts in area
A rash of copper wire thefts occurred throughout the rural detachment area. Thieves entered several oilfield sites and stole grounding wires. Recently, there have been several arrests made and multiple charges laid in similar cases. However, these crimes are continuing. If you see anyone suspiciously hanging around an oilfield site, please call the detachment immediately.
Vandals smash windows
During the late night hours, several businesses in town and the school had windows smashed. The senseless vandalism is being fully investigated and leads are being followed up on by the pursuing officers hot on the trail of the culprit responsible for the damages. The analysis of the evidence and facts at hand in these matters is continuing. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
Charges in domestic assault
Police responded to a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute. Officers quickly responded and arrested a 23-year-old man, a resident of Rimbey, for assaulting his spouse causing bodily harm. Children Services was called in to assist police in dealing with the situation. The accused has been held in custody awaiting a future court appearance to answer to the charges.
Brown bear sighted
Police received a complaint of a brown bear near Gull Lake. Yogi had no idea he was bothering anyone and had not seen the “No Trespassing” sign. He gladly moved on to fill up on berries elsewhere getting ready for the long nap he was planning on taking shortly.
Charge laid in cold case
A cold case was re-evaluated last week. A theft under $5,000 occurred over a year ago, however at the time no solid suspect was identified. The evidence was analyzed and shared with neighboring detachments. A suspect was discovered and he was brought into the Rimbey detachment for questioning. The accused, a resident of Sylvan Lake, confessed to the alleged crime and was charged with an upcoming court date in Rimbey to share his story with the judge.