Last week the Rimbey RCMP investigated numerous complaints of vandalism, theft, impaired driving and other criminal matters.
Sometime during the early morning hours of April 15, someone spray painted several cars in town and a residence with obscene words and racial slurs. Police are investigating the matter and are pursuing leads at this time. An 18-year-old man has been since charged with assault after he took matters into his own hands and punched another young male in town whom he suspected had been involved in a crime against him.
Suspended driver arrested
During the late evening hours of April 17 a man was arrested for impaired driving in Rimbey. The 47-year-old man was stopped while driving a Chrysler Intrepid he had borrowed from his girlfriend. The accused was found to be wanted, suspended from driving and was already ordered by a judge to not consume any alcohol whatsoever. Not only will the man likely be in the clink for 30 days or more, his girlfriend’s car is too.
Pop bottle thieves on the lam
On April 18 at approximately 9:50 a.m., RCMP received a call that two men were observed in a back yard stealing bags from a garage. Officers immediately responded to the area. Neighbors in an alleyway located adjacent to 52 Avenue stated a little black car and a grey minivan had sped out of the area prior to police being called. The investigation later revealed the culprits did not enter a garage but had stolen bags of bottles and cans destined for the recycle depot from beside the garage. Police used the Rural Crime Watch fan out system in this case since the crime was originally reported as a break and enter and there were suspect vehicles speeding in alleyways unsafely. Officers are still investigating the matter and no charges have yet been laid.
Watching soaps at Crowbar Hotel
Officers attended a noise complaint at a local flophouse and arrested “the man” in charge of the party. The 19-year-old will be resting comfortably at the remand centre watching soaps until he can come up with nearly $3,000 to cover the fines he owes. The accused is also charged with several other offences for which he will appear in Rimbey court.
Truck thief arrested
Your Rimbey Mounties are continuing to monitor the chronic habitual offenders in the community who seem to cause 80 per cent of the crime. During the night of April 18, officers attended a well-known residence in Meridian Beach on the east side of Gull Lake. Police located a 26-year-old man, who is very well known to police in central Alberta, sitting in a stolen Ford F350 on the street in front of his residence. The accused attempted to flee on foot from police and was arrested on scene.
The man was subsequently charged with possession of stolen property and for being in possession of illegal drugs. He also faces numerous charges for breaching a court order and not surprisingly, he had several warrants out for his arrest as well from other jurisdictions.
Stolen property recovered
Rimbey RCMP executed another search warrant west of Hoadley seeking stolen property and drugs. Police seized tools, power equipment, auto parts and a stolen high-powered rifle. Marijuana seeds were also seized from the residence. A 34-year-old woman has been charged in relation to this case with multiple criminal offences. Rimbey Mounties continue to try to “weed out” marijuana grows in our community.