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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Policing in Alberta to April 14, 2014

press release

  • RCMP searching for 55 year-old Breton area man
  • Airdrie Rural RCMP investigating string of break and enters
  • Airdrie RCMP request public's assistance regarding hit and run
  • Two Hills RCMP investigate suspicious structure fire
  • Mischief to local school and private property in Strathmore
  • Alberta RCMP charge woman with committing a "Hoax Regarding Terrorist Activity"
  • ALERT investigation into Hells Angels
  • Calgary man charged in voyeurism investigation
  • Calgary undetermined death investigation update
  • Grande Prairie RCMP investigating gunshot into vehicle
  • Rash of theft and mischief in Blackfalds
  • Break and Enter to residence in Airdrie
  • Child dies of injuries from collision in Grande Prairie 


RCMP searching for 55 year-old Breton area man

On April 22, 2014 Thorsby/Breton RCMP officers responded to a complaint of a missing male from his home near Breton, Alberta. It has been reported that the 55-year-old male, Andrew NICOLL, has been missing since April 21, 2014 at approximately 4:00 pm.

Missing: Andrew Nicoll

Thorsby/Breton RCMP, RCMP Air Services and RCMP Police Dog Service along with Brazeau County Search and Rescue and Brazeau County Fire department are currently involved in a large scale land search for Mr. NICOLL.

At this time all of NICOLL's vehicles are accounted for, and his disappearance is out of character.

If anyone has information to his current whereabouts of Andrew NICOLL please contact the Breton RCMP Detachment at (780) 696 -3520.

Airdrie Rural RCMP investigating string of break and enters

Rural RCMP are investigating a string of break and enters that occurred over the long week in the Mountview Industrial Park.

The following is a summary of the investigations that the RCMP believe are all related and occurred during the early morning hours of April 21, 2014 between 12:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.:
A 2003 black F350 (not reported stolen but the ignition was punched out), was recovered in the former Smash & Son's yard in Mountview Industrial Park. This vehicle failed to stop for police when an officer tried to pull it over in the city.
At a nearby business, The Crossing Company, the suspect jumped the fence, checked slip tanks of the vehicles in the yard, and then used a company vehicle, a 2008 white F550, to ram the fence in order to steal a different company vehicle, a 2012 white F350. This vehicle was recovered by Beaverlodge. The suspect appears to have got the vehicle stuck in mud. The suspect then hopped the fence of a nearby company to steal a 1998 blue F150.

It is believed that a blue F150 was then used to smash the gate at Weatherford on Range Road 75. The fence was damaged but entry was not gained. The blue F150 was recovered at Bonnett Truck in Mountview Industrial Park, where another truck and a trailer were stolen. This truck was recovered in the city, at another break and enter where the fence was rammed but entrance was not gained. The stolen trailer was located in Silverpointe and retrieved by an employee.


Above is a photo of the suspect in one of the yards. RCMP are asking anyone with information about these break and enters to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police are asking companies to ensure that keys are not left in vehicles, even if the vehicles are in a secure compound. It is also preferable that vehicle keys are secured indoors in an area or part of the building is alarmed. 
 
Airdrie RCMP request public's assistance regarding hit and run

The Airdrie RCMP is seeking assistance from the public in regards to a Hit and Run that occurred on April 5, 2014 at approximately 6:00 pm.

An older model green Ford Explorer was witnessed hitting an Airdrie sign on Veteran's Boulevard, Eastbound, West of Main Street. The vehicle left the scene and no reports of the collision have been received.  Police have reason to believe the vehicle may be a model within the ranges of 2001-2003. The suspect vehicle likely has extensive damage to the rear of the vehicle. Both tail lights were found at the scene.

Police are asking for any information regarding this collision. 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.

Two Hills RCMP investigate suspicious structure fire

On April 15th, 2014, at approximately 10:30 pm, Two Hills RCMP responded to a report of a structure fire north of Highway 29 in the County of Two Hills. Upon arrival evidence was located and collected at the scene. Several witnesses report hearing a loud truck driving through the area shortly before the fire. However, at this time no further information has been obtained.

RCMP in conjunction with the County Fire Chief are investigating this suspicious fire and are requesting the public's assistance in providing information relating to this incident.

If you have any information relating to this incident, please contact the Two Hills RCMP Detachment at 780-657-2820, or anonymously at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Mischief to local school and private property in Strathmore

On April 15th, 2014, RCMP responded to multiple complaints of Vandalism within the Town of Strathmore. The Sacred Heart Elementary School doors had been spray painted and two windows were smashed. A residential garage door was spray painted in addition to the concrete fence divider behind the Travelodge. Two male youths, whose names cannot be released according to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, were arrested and charged for these offences. Multiple Mischief charges have been laid and the youths are set to appear in Strathmore Youth Court on May 2, 2014.

Alberta RCMP charge woman with committing a "Hoax Regarding Terrorist Activity"

On April 17, 2014, Alberta RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) responded to an email threat sent to the Canadian Forces in Toronto purporting that an Edmonton man was planning to commit a terrorist act in Edmonton.

The matter was investigated and found to be a hoax and Alberta RCMP INSET investigators have arrested and charged Hanna BEDHIAFI, age 23 of Edmonton, Alberta with committing a "Hoax Regarding Terrorist Activity" contrary to Section 83.231(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

BEDHIAFI has been released to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on May 9, 2014.

ALERT investigation into Hells Angels

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), with the assistance of the RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs, and the Edmonton Police Service, executed 10 search warrants on the morning of April 23 as part of an on-going investigation into the Hells Angels motorcycle club.

A number of individuals associated to the club have been arrested and are facing organized crime charges. Of the 10 search warrants, one was executed in Acheson, one in Strathcona County, one in Leduc, and seven in Edmonton, including the Hells Angels’ Westridge chapter clubhouse. The investigation is still in its preliminary stages and investigators are in the process of cataloguing evidence. No additional information can be provided at this time. A media conference will be held at a later date.

Calgary man charged in voyeurism investigation

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man in relation to a voyeurism investigation.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014, police were called to a residence in the 2500 block of 98 Ave. S.W. for reports of a problem with a neighbor. A 14-year-old girl living in the residence alleged a neighbor, who was a family acquaintance that she and her family have known for approximately six years, had been sending her inappropriate text messages within the last year. In March of 2014, the girl also found a surreptitious video recording device installed in her residence, which she believed her neighbour had installed during a previous visit to her home.

A search warrant was executed at a residence in the same apartment building on Sunday, April 6, 2014. As a result, a substantial amount of technological-related items were seized and are in the process of forensic examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Chad Barry Robert STONE, 41, of Calgary, is charged with voyeurism and luring a child by telecommunication. He will next appear in court on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Calgary undetermined death investigation update

Investigators have determined that the death of a man found in Glenmore park, Calgary last night is not suspicious. The person who was taken in for questioning has been released. As it is not a criminal matter, no further information will be released at this time.

Grande Prairie RCMP investigating gunshot into vehicle

The Grande Prairie RCMP are investigating damage to a vehicle consistent with a gunshot that occurred early Wednesday morning.

On April 23, 2014 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a shots fired complaint in the downtown area of the city. The complainant, a 21 year old Grande Prairie male, reported to police that while he was driving he noticed a newer dark coloured vehicle following him. The vehicle is alleged to have flashed it's lights at the complainant and then, a short time later, the back window of the complainant's pick-up truck shattered. The male driver, who was sole occupant at the time of the incident, was uninjured and was able to drive to the Grande Prairie Detachment to report the incident to police. The suspect vehicle immediately left the area and was last seen traveling south on 100th Street.

The initial investigation indicates that the damage was caused by a projectile, with strong indications that it was a firearm. RCMP do not believe that this was a random incident and the complainant might have been targeted as a result of illegal drug activity. RCMP continue to investigate.

RCMP are asking anything with information about this incident to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Rash of theft and mischief in Blackfalds

Between the evening hours of April 22 and the morning of April 23rd, 2014, in the Hamlet of Springbrook,, suspects unknown targeted several motor vehicles for what was installed on the vehicle and for their contents. The thieves appeared to be targeting vehicles which had aftermarket LED lighting products such as tail lights and light bars. Additionally, tools that were in the vehicles were also targeted. The Blackfalds RCMP is requesting that anyone with information about these or similar incidents, to please contact the Blackfalds RCMP Detachment at 403.885.3300, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through Crime Stoppers online.

Break and Enter to residence in Airdrie

The Airdrie RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying suspects in a residential break and enter which occurred on the morning of April 18, 2014 in the Buffalo Rub neighborhood of Airdrie.

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Sketch of  Break and Enter suspect

At approximately 9:40am a man awoke to hear three male voices in his residence. The man then called Airdrie RCMP after the three males departed in a 90’s model white sedan. The man witnessed one of the males and provided details to a sketch artist.

Airdrie RCMP attended and found the front door had been broken, several electronics and a 30/30 rifle had been taken.

Neighborhood inquiries where conducted, an RCMP Forensic Identification Service member was dispatched, and the help of an RCMP Sketch Artist has been utilized.

Descriptions of male and vehicle:
  • Caucasian male dressed in black
  • Slim build, 5’9’’, shaved head, appeared to be in 20’s
  • White 90’s model sedan
  • Attached is an RCMP sketch of one of the suspects.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7254. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet atwww.tipsubmit.com. 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), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Child dies of injuries from collision in Grande Prairie 
Police continue to investigate a serious 3 vehicle collision that occurred during rush hour this morning.  Four people have been transported to a local area hospital.  Some of the occupants are considered to have sustained serious injuries during the collision. 

A four year old boy, who was a passenger in one of the three vehicles involved in a collision that occurred Tuesday morning April 22 in Grande Prairie, has died.  The child passed away this morning at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton.  The name of the child is not being released at this time.  Police do not have any other information to provide the public on the condition of the other people who were taken to hospital as a result of the collision. 
On April 22 at approximately 8:45 a.m. Grande Prairie RCMP and other emergency responders attended the scene of a serious collision on the Highway 43 by-pass between 102nd Street and 100th Street.  Initial reports are that a westbound vehicle collided with two other westbound vehicles before crossing the eastbound lanes and coming to rest on a grassy area that runs parallel to 117th Avenue.
Three occupants from one of the vehicles struck, which included two children and the driver from the vehicle that is believed to have collided with the other vehicles were taken to a local area hospital for treatment.

Police continue to investigate a serious 3 vehicle collision that occurred during rush hour this morning. Four people have been transported to a local area hospital. Some of the occupants are considered to have sustained serious injuries during the collision.

A four year old boy, who was a passenger in one of the three vehicles involved in a collision that occurred Tuesday morning April 22 in Grande Prairie, has died. The child passed away this morning at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. The name of the child is not being released at this time. Police do not have any other information to provide the public on the condition of the other people who were taken to hospital as a result of the collision.

On April 22 at approximately 8:45 a.m. Grande Prairie RCMP and other emergency responders attended the scene of a serious collision on the Highway 43 by-pass between 102nd Street and 100th Street. Initial reports are that a westbound vehicle collided with two other westbound vehicles before crossing the eastbound lanes and coming to rest on a grassy area that runs parallel to 117th Avenue.

Three occupants from one of the vehicles struck, which included two children and the driver from the vehicle that is believed to have collided with the other vehicles were taken to a local area hospital for treatment.

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