Thieves steal donated items

This past week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 40 calls for service.

  • Aug. 28, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Nuns roll van but unharmed: Two women from the Convent of the Protection of the Mother of God near Bluffton were not hurt when the driver lost control of their van southbound on Range Road 22 near Township Road 442 and hit a culvert. They were taken to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre and later released. RCMP say charges are not being laid.

This past week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 40 calls for service. The investigations consisted of collisions, property crime offences and drug files.

Suspected thief arrested

On Aug. 18 Rimbey RCMP were investigating a recovered stolen truck west of town. The investigation revealed that a Rimbey man was responsible for this offence. Going to his residence to arrest him, the police found he had barricaded a door to prevent police from getting inside. Fortunately for the police, the suspect neglected to barricade the other door and police enter the residence and arrested the male.

Subsequently a search warrant was executed, a quantity of cocaine and several electronics stolen from a break and enter in Ponoka were located. Aaron Olson, 29, of Rimbey has been charged with possession of the stolen truck and electronics, as well as possession of cocaine. He remains in custody.

Dope found in home

RCMP executed a search warrant Aug. 21 on a Rimbey residence to search for drugs. A quantity of marijuana bud was located along with marijuana seeds and an unsecured rifle. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Donations stolen

Heartless thieves have targeted charitable organizations this past week. In one case, someone stole several items donated to the Tickle Trunk. In the other case, someone cut the wire cords off of appliances at the Give and Take located at the Rimbey Recycle depot. In addition to arresting the culprits, police are hoping karma can intervene in these cases.

Several vehicle collisions in area

RCMP responded to several serious vehicle collisions. One in the Leedale area saw two teenage sisters who were involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle, airlifted to hospital in critical condition.

A dirt biker at the motocross track crashed and also had to be airlifted to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Support our Small Town Hero

Some people say that God created police so firemen could have heroes. But in one case a volunteer firefighter is a hero to the RCMP. On just one day this past week, Erin Steeves responded to a collision north of town and assisted in freeing a trapped woman, later that day she was seen cleaning up after a party that was held in her honor at a local park. Erin is a top 10 finalist in the UFA Small Town Heroes competition.

RCMP are requesting everyone vote as often as you can for Steeves at www.ufa.com/smalltownheroes/. If she wins then Rimbey will get a free Paul Brandt concert. Thank you Erin for all you do in the community.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes, please call the Rimbey RCMP at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 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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