The good, the bad and the ugly of police work

This week's complaints were made for a TV movie with the cheesy music similar to the old spaghetti westerns we grew up watching.

  • Aug. 31, 2010 10:00 a.m.

Rimbey RCMP responded to 53 calls for service.

This week’s complaints were made for a TV movie with the cheesy music similar to the old spaghetti westerns we grew up watching.

First, “The good”

A member on patrol located a stray golden lab puppy wandering around in heavy traffic. The pup was very happy to be picked up by his owner.

“The bad”

On Aug. 21 around 2:30 a.m., a male in blue jeans, grey T-shirt and white hat was causing mischief by jumping on vehicles behind an apartment building. An officer was quickly on scene and could hear the whispers of the culprit’s friends coming from a nearby residence window. One of the occupants of the residence who was full of liquid courage came out and approached the investigator and proceeded to destroy evidence left behind by the culprit before the officer could stop him. The young man was subsequently arrested and charged with obstruction.

Police are still actively looking for the culprit who committed the vandalism who had fled the scene.

Drunk driver arrested

On Aug. 22 at approximately 4 a.m., another impaired driver was arrested cruising the streets of Rimbey. The 31-year-old man, a resident of Calgary, was arrested, taken to jail and had his vehicle seized. The accused may not have realized that we are not taking impaired driving lightly in Rimbey these days. Nor, are the courts for that matter. The average penalty for impaired driving this last month in Rimbey was loss of driver’s license from one to three years, fines greater than $2,400, and one gentleman received 45 days jail.

All survive three-car collision

Police, fire and EMS from Rimbey attended a three-vehicle collision on Highway 20 at the intersection of Centerview Road on Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Firefighters were able extricate one occupant who was trapped in the vehicle. Two of the three drivers were treated on scene by EMS and transported to hospital by ambulance. One driver was air lifted by STARS to Edmonton where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the collision and all are believed to have been wearing their seat belts. Charges are pending as the investigation into this matter continues. The roadway was closed during the incident but was re-opened as soon as possible.

Bluffton resident scammed

Fraudsters continue to prey upon people in the community who sincerely believe they are doing the right thing. A Bluffton-area resident sent $1,900 by Western Union to Great Britain to help save an unknown troubled person who had contacted them by mail.

Unfortunately, there is never anyone in dire straits and the criminal at the other end of the world is wining and dining on your hard earned money. The current list of scams to be aware of can be seen at

Finally, “The Ugly”

Sometime during the night on Aug. 25, someone broke into a vacant residence in Rimbey by breaking a window. Once inside, the delinquent defecated in the tub and urinated all over the house. It is hard to imagine people acting in that manner but it takes many kinds to make the world go around.

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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