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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Policing in Alberta to November 23, 2013

RCMP press releases
  • Highway 43 Motor Vehicle Collision results in two fatalities
  • Fatal Pedestrian vs Vehicle collision on Hwy 11 near Rocky Mountain House
  • Public asked to help identify suspect in Armed Robbery at Airdrie Petro Canada on Edmonton Trail
  • Sherwood Park physician charged with Sexual Assault
  • 16 year old Wanham girl killed in hit and run, man charged
  • Home Invasion in Strathmore
  • Impaired Driver calls Impaired Driver for help
  • Cold Lake RCMP Officer charged with Assault 
  • RCMP Wetaskiwin investigate Hit and Run
  • Hunting season brings increased complaints of Trespassing in Vegreville area
  • ASIRT assigned to investigate pursuit
  • RCMP Red Deer City arrest two males during a Break and Enter
  • RCMP Red Deer reminds public to lock idling vehicles
  • Suspects sought after Airdrie business Break and Enter
  • $7000 stolen in Fort Vermilion Break and Enter to Residence
  • Airdrie Car Prowling suspects arrested
  • Impaired charges pending after Red Deer City Motor Vehicle Accident
  • RCMP Red Deer City targets impaired drivers
  • Missing Lloydminster male located
  • Picture Butte RCMP respond to Highway 25 collision
  • Grande Prairie Traffic Stop results in drug seizure
  • RCMP Canmore weekly media release November 13 to 19, 2013
  • Stolen Property (estimated value $120,000) recovered in County of Athabasca
  • Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Morinville
  • Okotoks Motor Vehicle Collision
  • Elk Poachers arrested west of Rimbey
  • Suspect sought in Eckville crime spree

Highway 43 Motor Vehicle Collision results in two fatalities
 
At approximately 3:40pm on November 22nd, 2013 Valleyview RCMP along with other emergency personnel responded to a collision between a semi tanker unit and a pick up truck approximately 10kms west of Valleyview on Highway 43. Both occupants of the pick up were pronounced dead at the scene and the occupants of the semi unit were unharmed. Traffic was re-routed around the scene during the investigation but has since re-opened. Identities are not being released at this time pending family notifications. Ice covered roads were a contributing factor in this collision.

Fatal Pedestrian vs Vehicle collision on Hwy 11 near Rocky Mountain House

On November 22, 2013, at approx 9:45 PM, Rocky Mountain House RCMP, FIRE and EMS were dispatched to a vehicle/pedestrian collision on Hwy 11 approx 40kms West of Rocky Mountain House.

RCMP members attending the call encountered an SUV traveling Eastbound on Highway 11 that matched the description of one of the vehicles possibly involved in the collision. Moments after, the SUV entered the ditch, Police located several intoxicated occupants in the vehicle along with a female that was in critical condition.

Within minutes, Police also located a pick up truck with significant front end damage approx 15kms further West on Hwy 11. Police spoke to the driver of the truck and determined that he had been traveling east bound on Hwy 11, and struck a female pedestrian who was walking on the highway near a SUV which was parked on the westbound shoulder of the road. The driver of the pick up truck stopped to offer assistance and an altercation took place between the pick up truck driver and the occupants of the SUV. Shortly after the occupants of the SUV placed the injured female in the vehicle and departed East on Hwy 11 towards Rocky Mountain House where they entered the ditch and were located by police.

A 14 year old female from Eden Valley, Alberta was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS. The driver of the pick up was treated at Rocky hospital and released.

The Rocky Mountain House RCMP detachment and RCMP Traffic Collision Analyst continue to investigate this incident. 

Public asked to help identify suspect in Armed Robbery at Airdrie Petro Canada on Edmonton Trail
 
In the early morning of November 21, 2013, at approximately 0223 a.m. Airdrie RCMP assisted by the RCMP Police Dog Service, were dispatched to an attempted armed robbery at the Petro Canada on Edmonton Trail N. in Airdrie, Alberta. A store clerk went outside for a cigarette and heard a strange noise. He immediately went back inside the store and locked the door. A male suspect then approached the front door entrance to the store brandishing a long barrel firearm (possibly a rifle) and attempted to gain access by pulling on the door several times. He was not able to gain access to the building or clerk as the door was locked. The suspect then left the store West bound on foot. There were no other customers in the store at the time.


 
The male suspect is described as over 6'0 tall and slim, wearing Blue coveralls with flourescent yellow reflective tape, a hooded sweatshirt, gloves however his face was covered.
 
Police are asking for assistance in solving this crime and identifying this suspect. If you have any information on this incident please contact the Airdrie RCMP at (403) 945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

16 year old Wanham girl killed in hit and run, man charged
 
The RCMP have arrested and charged a 22 year man from Wanham, AB in relation to a fatal pedestrian hit and run that occurred on November 16, 2013. 
 
On November 19th, police officers from the Grande Prairie RCMP arrested Tyrell Cody Sallis, a 22 year old male from Wanham, AB in relation to the fatal pedestrian hit and run that occurred at the intersection of 99th Avenue and Resources Rd during the early morning hours of November 16, 2013.  Grande Prairie RCMP along with other emergency services were called to the scene in response to a pedestrian being struck in the cross walk while attempting to cross Resources Road.  A south bound pick-up truck that struck the female fled the scene.  The 16 year old female victim, Cassidy Dietrich,  was rushed to a local area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.   
 
Sallis, who was the registered owner of the vehicle, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, criminal negligence causing death and fail to remain.  Sallis was ordered released on cash bail by a Justice of the Peace with a number of conditions that he must abide by.  Sallis will make his next court appearance on December 2, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in Grande Prairie Provincial Court.
 
RCMP would like to thank the public for coming forward with information as it assisted with the investigation.  Police are still asking those who might have information regarding this tragic incident to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Home Invasion in Strathmore
 
Strathmore, Alberta - On November 22, 2013 at approximately 11:45 am Strathmore RCMP officers were dispatched to a Break and Enter in progress at a rural residence of Strathmore Detachment area.  Suspect(s) entered the residence and threatened the occupants and soon departed after stealing a number of items. The occupants were unharmed.
 
The suspects were believed to have left the scene of the crime in a Black 2005 Dodge Caravan, Alberta license plate KNA 486.  If anyone has information or sees this vehicle they are advised to call the local police and report it. Do not approach this vehicle as the suspects are considered armed and dangerous.
 
Strathmore Detachment 's investigation is continuing.
 
If you have information about this, or any other crime(s), please call the Strathmore RCMP, at 403-934-3968, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions on how to do).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Impaired Driver calls Impaired Driver for help
 
An Impaired Driver being released from police custody called a friend to pick her up.  When the friend arrived, he too was arrested for impaired driving.
 
On Friday November 22nd, 2013, around 11pm, a member of the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) was patrolling on Highway #566 near Balzac when he observed a vehicle traveling 35 km/h under the speed limit. 
 
The vehicle was stopped a short distance later and the officer entered into an impaired driving investigation of the 57 year old female from Calgary, Alberta.  The investigation led to a legal demand for her to provide a breath sample into a roadside screening device.  The female refused to provide an adequate sample and was being processed at the scene.  This included being served an immediate and indefinite driving suspension and her vehicle was being impounded.  The officer asked her if she could call a friend for a ride home or if she would prefer he call for a taxi for her.  The female called a friend to come and pick her up.
 
A short time later, the friend arrived to the scene, driving his own vehicle.  The officer spoke to the 54 year old male from Airdrie and quickly realized the male had also been drinking.  This male provided an adequate roadside sample which led to the officer taking him to the Airdrie RCMP Detachment where he provide two breath samples, both of which were over the legal limit.
 
Both the female and male have been released from custody and are now scheduled to appear in Airdrie Provincial Court in the new year.
 
"A person who is being released from custody, facing an impaired driving related offence, and calling another friend who has also been drinking, clearly shows how alcohol impairs our decision making abilities.  This is an important reminder for everyone as we approach the holiday season.  Make you decisions about driving and how you are going to get home, before you start drinking."  Corporal Darrin TURNBULL - in charge of the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit.
 
Alcohol is one of the leading causes of serious injury and fatal collisions in Alberta.  Apprehending impaired drivers is always one of the top priorities of the Integrated Traffic Units.   Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada.  Officers from all of the ITU's in the Province of Alberta are always searching out impaired drivers, day and night. 
 
Motorists are encouraged to call 911 from a hands free phone if they suspect they are following an impaired driver.
 
Integrated Traffic Units consist of RCMP Traffic Services members and Sheriff Highway Patrol officers working together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.

Cold Lake RCMP Officer charged with Assault  
 
RCMP Constable Chad McRae of Cold Lake Detachment has been charged with one count of Common Assault. The charge is the result of a statutory investigation into his conduct during the course of an arrest in Cold Lake on September 21, 2012. Cst. McRae remains on full operational duties, and will make his first court appearance in Cold Lake Provincial Court on January 8, 2014.   

RCMP Wetaskiwin investigate Hit and Run

On November 20th , 2013 at approximately 10:50 am Wetaskiwin RCMP responded to a report of a hit and run collision at the Pioneer Chrysler Dealership in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Between 9:00 am and 10:00 am that morning, an unknown vehicle entered the south entrance of the dealership just off 56th street, at a high rate of speed and lost control. The rear drivers side of the suspect vehicle struck the front end of the parked 2014 Grey Dodge Charger that was facing east in the lot, causing extensive front end damage. The vehicle left the scene northbound through the parking lot.

Wetaskiwin RCMP are seeking public assistance and ask that anyone with information regarding this crime or the identity of the suspect(s) contact Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment at 780.312.7200

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If the information leads to an arrest, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

Sherwood Park physician charged with Sexual Assault

The Strathcona County RCMP are presently investigating a sexual assault allegation stemming from an incident that occurred on August 17, 2013 at the Medicentre Medical Clinic located on Bremner Drive in Sherwood Park.

On August 19, 2013, a 19 year old female from Sherwood Park reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted by a male physician at the clinic while being treated for an illness.

As a result of the investigation into this allegation, the physician, Ismail TAHER, age 36 of Edmonton, has been charged with one count of Sexual Assault.  He was taken before a Justice of the Peace where he was released on $5000.00 bail and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Wednesday December 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

Strathcona County RCMP continue to investigate at this time to determine whether there are additional incidents .  If the public has any information about this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Strathcona County RCMP at (780) 467-7741, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.

Hunting season brings increased complaints of Trespassing in Vegreville area

Hunting season has brought with it an increase in complaints made to the Vegreville RCMP detachment with regards to trespassing on private property and on farm land.

The RCMP wants to remind the public that permission must be received from a land owner prior to entering onto their land.  Trespassing on private property can result in a fine for a first offence of up to $2,000 and for any subsequent offences a fine up to a maximum of $5,000.00.  No trespassing signs do not have to be posted if the land is a lawn, garden or land that is under cultivation.  The RCMP is asking everyone to be mindful of the trespassing laws in Alberta and to ask a land owner's permission prior to entering on someone's property.

ASIRT assigned to investigate pursuit

November 22, 2013 Media inquiries
On November 22, 2013, at 10 a.m., members of the Medicine Hat Police Service were dispatched to a location in Medicine Hat to a report of a domestic dispute.

Prior to police arriving, a vehicle left the location and was pursued by members of the Medicine Hat Police Service. The suspect vehicle exited the Medicine Hat City limits and proceeded west on Hwy. 1. Members of the RCMP took over the responsibility for the pursuit. The suspect vehicle was involved in a serious collision near Redcliff, Alberta.

As police officers may have been involved, ASIRT has been assigned to investigate the circumstances. The ASIRT investigation is ongoing.

RCMP Red Deer City arrest two males during a Break and Enter

On November 21, 2013 at approximately 10:00 pm RCMP responded to a break and enter in progress at a condominium complex located on the 200 block of Duston Street in Red Deer. RCMP arrested one person at the scene, while two males fled. One of the suspects left in a Dodge truck hauling a trailer. He abandoned the truck and trailer and continued to flee on foot, at which point the Police Dog Service was called in and successfully located the suspect. The third suspect fled on foot and police are currently searching for him.

RCMP confirmed that the Dodge truck had been stolen from Sylvan Lake and the trailer had been stolen from Ponoka. Police continue to investigate.

If you have information that will assist the RCMP in this investigation, you are asked to call the Red Deer City RCMP at 403.343.5575, or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.

RCMP Red Deer reminds public to lock idling vehicles

Red Deer City RCMP would like to remind drivers that, as temperatures get lower and more vehicles are left idling, the chances of vehicle theft increase proportionally. This seasonal trend is reflected in an increase in vehicle thefts; more than 50 vehicles were stolen in Red Deer in the first three weeks of November, an increase over the number stolen in October. Most vehicle thefts occurred in the early morning hours.

RCMP advise drivers to always lock their vehicles when they leave them idling. Many vehicle thefts occur outside residences when people are warming up their cars before work; others occur when people leave vehicles idling during a quick stop, such as a visit to a convenience store. RCMP note that, especially in the colder months, thieves are actively looking for these opportunities. While stolen vehicles are often recovered, they have often been driven roughly or damaged in some way.

If you witness a vehicle theft in progress, do not try to pursue suspected thieves. Instead, potential witnesses are asked to call the Red Deer City RCMP Complaint Line at 403.343.5575 to report the vehicle details and direction of travel.

Suspects sought after Airdrie business Break and Enter

On November 21, 2013, at approximately 04:15 a.m., Airdrie RCMP was dispatched to several alarms at the Cody Party Centre store, in Airdrie, Alberta. Members attended, and found the alarm to be the result of a break and enter to the store. Two suspects entered the store through the locked front door. Associated pry marks were also located on the door. RCMP Forensic Identification Services also attended the scene and assisted with the investigation.




The two suspects appear to be one male and one female, both wearing bulky winter clothing. A lap top computer was the only item taken from the store. Photographs of the suspects were obtained.

Police are asking for assistance in solving this crime and identifying these suspects. If you have any information on this incident please contact the Airdrie RCMP at (403) 945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

$7000 stolen in Fort Vermilion Break and Enter to Residence

Sometime between 12:00 noon and 7:30 pm during the day of November 17, 2013 a residence was broken into on River Road in Fort Vermilion. Entry was gained through an unlocked door, and approximately $7000 in cash was stolen. The RCMP forensic identification section has attended the scene and RCMP is following up on leads.

RCMP is asking local businesses to report any large purchases made in cash.

Anyone that may have witnessed or have any information on this matter are asked to contact the Fort Vermilion RCMP at (780)927-3258 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Airdrie Car Prowling suspects arrested

On November 21, 2013, at approximately 01:30 a.m., Airdrie RCMP was dispatched to a call of a suspicious person in the Ravenswood area, in Airdrie, Alberta. The complainant phoned 911 to report he saw a male in his neighbour's vehicle, who then continued to enter other parked vehicles in the area. Members responded immediately and located the male suspect near another targeted vehicle. Evidence gathered lead the investigating officer to arrest the male for mischief, and he was subsequently escorted back to the Airdrie RCMP detachment.

Later that morning, a second male suspect believed to be associated with the first suspect, was located in the backseat of a parked vehicle in Airdrie. He was also arrested for mischief without incident and escorted back to the Airdrie RCMP detachment.

Both males are from Calgary, Alberta, and are facing several charges including mischief, theft, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. They were believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crimes.

Impaired charges pending after Red Deer City Motor Vehicle Accident

On November 21, 2013 at approximately 2:40 a.m. Red Deer City RCMP were responded a single vehicle rollover at the intersection of 77th Street and Gaetz Avenue in Red Deer, AB.  The investigation determined that the vehicle was traveling Eastbound on 77th Street when the rollover occurred.

There were 2 occupants in the vehicle and the passenger was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Charges are pending against the driver of the vehicle for Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm.

Several streets surrounding the accident scene were closed for the investigation, however, they have since been reopened.

This investigation is still continuing and further details will be released as they become available.

RCMP Red Deer City targets impaired drivers

On Friday November 15, 2013, Red Deer City RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs conducted roving patrols aimed at apprehending impaired drivers throughout the city of Red Deer. As a result of the roving patrols several charges were laid against several drivers including:

  • 3 - Impaired Operation of a Motor vehicle
  • 1 - Refusal of a roadside Screening Device
  • 3 - 72 hour suspensions
  • 1 - Graduated Driver’s Licence Zero Tolerance Suspension (30 day suspension)
  • 1 - 24 hour suspension by drug
  • 10 - Vehicles were towed


Red Deer RCMP would like to remind the public that random checkstops will be increased in the city of Red Deer throughout the holiday season.

Missing Lloydminster male located

The Lloydminster Municipal RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating a person that was reported missing from Lloydminster.  Jesse JORDAN was reported missing by family in June of 2013.  He has been located safely by Police.

Picture Butte RCMP respond to Highway 25 collision

On November 19th, 2013 at approximately 6:28 pm, Picture Butte RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 25.  The collision was West of Diamond City, Ab on a curved portion of the highway.

A North Bound pick up truck lost control on the roadway and came into collision with a South bound car.  The pick up truck became engulfed in flames.

Fire department and emergency medical personnel attended the scene.  The fire was quickly extinguished.

Minor injuries were sustained by the drivers of the vehicles.

Alcohol was not a factor in the collision.  Roads were icy and visibility was limited at the time. Investigation continues and charges are pending in this incident.

Grande Prairie Traffic Stop results in drug seizure

On November 14, 2013 at approximately 11:40 a.m. a member of the Grande Prairie Integrated Traffic Unit (GPITU) conducted a routine traffic stop of a vehicle traveling 141 Km/h in a 100 Km/h zone on highway 2 north of Sexsmith.

Members of the GPITU conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of the vehicle's driver, a 22 year old Grande Prairie man.  A search of the vehicle, subsequent to the arrest, located :

  • 872 grams of Cannabis Marihuana (approximate street value of $8,720.00)
  • 3 vials of Cannabis Resin (approximate street value of $300.00)
  • 33 grams of MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamin) (approximate street value of $1,980.00) and
  • 35 grams of Cocaine (approximate street value of $3,500.00) as well as drug paraphanalia and $2,000.00 cash. The total value $16,500.00.


James William STEWART of Grande Prairie will appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Monday November 25, 2013 charged with 4 counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, one each for tafficking of Marihuana, Cannabis Resin, MDMA and Cocaine under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act, one Criminal Code charge of Proceeds of Crime as well as one charge under the Traffic Safety Act for Speeding.

The Grande Prairie Integrated Traffic Unit (GPITU) is comprised of both Alberta Sheriff's and RCMP officers who work together to improve traffic safety on the highways in the Grande Prairie region.

RCMP Canmore weekly media release November 13 to 19, 2013

On November 17th, the Canmore RCMP conducted an investigation into activities under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. A search warrant was authorized by a Justice for police to enter a home in Canmore. A quantity of marijuana, cocaine, and Canadian currency was seized from the home during the course of the investigation. Two residents of Canmore were arrested. Police continue the investigation.

Organized crime groups use funds obtained through the sale of marijuana and cocaine to fund other illegal activities which pose a threat to our continued health and well being. Illicit drugs harm communities.  Wherever they exist, there’s the potential for an increase in criminal activity and a greater chance of property damage and violence on top of additional economic costs and other health and safety risks. Dangers include:  drug impaired driving, drug endangered children, violent home invasions, fires, hydro thefts, decreased property values along with other additional economic costs and other health and safety risks. Those who traffic in illicit drugs destroy lives, homes, and communities. The RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent.

During this period the Canmore RCMP also responded to 16 calls for disturbances, and dealt with over 30 driving complaints and infractions.

The Canmore RCMP reminds motorists that children are back in school, and, as such, they should be aware and drive with caution in and around school and playground zones.

Stolen Property (estimated value $120,000) recovered in County of Athabasca

Over the past two days (November 19 and 20, 2013), Boyle RCMP with the assistance of Athabasca RCMP and the RCMP Auto Theft Unit, executed 2 search warrants on two separate properties located within the County of Athabasca.

Stolen property was located and seized from both locations including stolen vehicle's, firearms, narcotics and explosives.  It is alleged that stolen vehicle's were being striped down on these properties and parts were being interchanged between them.

Charges are pending against 3 adults including 2 males and 1 female.  One male will also be charged with resist arrest after attempting to flee police on foot.  A foot chase ensued and the male was apprehended a short distance away.

This seizure is estimated at $120,000.  "We encourage people to report suspicious activity to their local police detachment" says Sgt Kevin McGillivray.  Anyone with information in relation to criminal activity can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-tips(8477).

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Morinville

On November 18th, 2013 at approximately 7:46 PM Morinville RCMP were dispatched to a two motor vehicle collision on Highway 28 just north of Highway 37 in Sturgeon County. Upon arrival it was determined that a south bound Dodge pickup lost control on a hill and collided with a North bound Pontiac G5 car.  The driver of the car, 37 yr old male from Mayerthorpe, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver and lone occupant of the pick up truck was transported to the hospital via ground ambulance with undisclosed injuries.

This collision is still under investigation by the Morinville RCMP. Road conditions at the time of the collision may have been a factor.

The name of the deceased is not being released at this time.

Okotoks Motor Vehicle Collision

In the early morning hours of November 14, 2013 (approx. 04:40 am), Okotoks RCMP received a call of a suspicious male standing on the side of Hwy 549 west of Okotoks near the "S" curve.

RCMP officers attended and located a male in shock, with serious injuries to his face and showing signs of hypothermia.  He was also walking with only one shoe.  The male was transported to the hospital via EMS due to his injuries.

The male's vehicle was later located in the bush with extensive damage. The driver appeared to have missed the "S" curve and continued its course in the bush where it rolled multiple times. No other passengers were in the vehicle. Due to the assistance and diligence of a concerned citizen,  the RCMP were able to intervene in a timely manner.

There were adverse weather conditions that contributed to the male's injuries.  Alcohol is considered  a factor in this collision.

With the holiday season fast approaching, the public is reminded to not drink and drive.

Elk Poachers arrested west of Rimbey

Rimbey Mounties arrest three individuals west of Rimbey for hunting elk at night.  A 17 year old male from Rimbey and two adults from Alhambra have been charged.

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, at approximately 9:30 p.m., an alert citizen contacted police to report a suspicious truck driving on Leedale Road near Highway 766 without any headlights on.  Officers quickly responded to the scene as this is known to be a highly targeted area by poachers who hunt at night.  Within minutes police stopped a Dodge truck driving on Leedale Road where elk could be seen in the field by the moonlight.  When the officer approached the vehicle he observed the front passenger holding a spotlight with a loaded rifle in his possession.  The driver and back passenger also had loaded high powered rifles.  All occupants of the vehicle, including the 17 year old driver, had been drinking.  The subsequent investigation found that the driver had shot at a bull elk from the roadway with a scoped rifle near a residence at night while the passenger utilized a spotlight so the shooter could see the elk better.  It is not known at this time whether the bull elk was wounded or not as the investigation into this matter continues.  Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers were in the immediate area and also quickly responded and assisted the RCMP in this case.

In total, police laid 14 charges for Wildlife Act, Traffic Safety Act and Liquor Act offences, including hunting in a dangerous manner, hunting at night, discharging a firearm from a roadway, hunting while impaired and hunting on occupied land without permission.  Police seized the pickup truck as well as the three rifles.  The driver has had his operator's license suspended for 30 days for driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol.      

In this case, the offences took place only one mile from where two large bull moose were shot and left to rot and only their antlers taken by poachers last November.  That case still remains unsolved.

The RCMP will continue to aggressively target individuals involved in illegal activities and will use every possible tool and agency available.  The RCMP wishes to remind those that are involved in criminal activity that any assets used to a commit crime will be seized as offence related property.
Rimbey Mounties and Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers have been diligently working together in partnership to put an end to the frequent poaching in the area.  Officers have proactively approached landowners and asked them to immediately call police or Report a Poacher at 1-800-642-3800 to report suspicious persons or vehicles.

Suspect sought in Eckville crime spree

The Sylvan Lake RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect who was involved in a rash of property related crime in Eckville over this past weekend. During this time period, at least 4 Break and Enter to houses occurred where vehicle keys and wallets were stolen. These residences were unlocked and people were home at the time sleeping. As a result, 4 vehicles were stolen, 2 of which have since been recovered in Red Deer. The suspect also entered several unlocked vehicles and removed purses and wallets. The suspect then used or attempted to use stolen credit cards at a number of locations in Red Deer and Blackfalds on Saturday morning.

The male was caught on numerous surveillance videos and a photo is provided below. He is described as being in his twenties, short dark hair with slight side burns. May have some missing front teeth. As well, he was wearing a black zip up hoody, blue jeans and sun glasses on his head. He was seen driving a grey or lighter colored Jeep Grand Cherokee.

If you can identify this person, please contact the Sylvan Lake RCMP at (403)858-7200 or call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-222-TIPS (8477)



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