Friday, September 26, 2014

Policing in Alberta to September 26, 2014

Airdrie fraud suspects sought
Airdrie lottery ticket thief sought
Armed Robbery in Canmore
New Brunswick man's death a suspected homicide
Fraudulent money order scam on Faceboook
Update to Pedestrian seriously injured by vehicle fleeing RCMP
Arson at two schools in Red Deer
ATV rollover near Strathmore
Five years for Grande Prairie drug dealer
Nigerian letters scam continues to make the rounds
Two Calgary deaths deemed non-criminal
Edmonton hit and run spree

Airdrie fraud suspects sought

Airdrie RCMP

Airdrie RCMP are seeking assistance from the public to identify two suspects in a fraudulent transaction which occurred at the Staples on Main Street.

On September 19th, 2014 at approximately 7:03 p.m., a male and female entered the Main Street Staples store. The male and female selected a small package of pens, paid for them at the cash register, at which time performed a fraudulent transaction unbeknownst to the clerk. The suspects departed the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The fraud was discovered a short time later by the clerk and RCMP were contacted.

The suspects were captured on video surveillance.

Airdrie Fraud suspects

The male is described as:
· Caucasian,
· Mid to late 30’s,
· Heavy set build,
· Short dark hair,
· Unshaven,
· Wearing a black sweater and camouflage shorts.

The female is described as:
· Caucasian
· Early 30’s
· Medium to heavy set build
· Long blonde/brunette hair
· Wearing a grey sweater.

If you have information, please call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7267. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at 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.

Airdrie lottery ticket thief sought

Airdrie RCMP

At approximately 11:30 am on 25 September, 2014, a male suspect entered the Shell Gas Station on Sierra Springs Drive. The male requested to buy lottery tickets and cigarettes. When the employee placed the lottery tickets on the counter and turned to collect the cigarettes, the male suspect took the lottery tickets and left the store without paying.

Lottery ticket theft suspect

The clerk contacted RCMP and provided high quality video surveillance.

The suspect is described as:
  • Caucasian
  • Approximately 6 feet tall
  • Heavy build
  • Short brown or blonde hair
  • Wearing a grey baseball cap, sunglasses and a blue t-shirt.
If you have information, please call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7267. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at 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.

Man found dead in Calgary gravel storage facility

The Calgary Police Service continues to investigate the undetermined death of a man found deceased in a gravel storage facility earlier this week.

At approximately 4:13 pm on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, employees of the gravel storage facility located the body of a man at their facility in the area of Peigan and Deerfoot Trail.

Following an autopsy completed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner yesterday, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, the man has been identified as Troy Michael RAWCLIFFE, 46. The manner of death is still undetermined at this time and the cause of death is being withheld pending further investigation.

Deceased: Troy Rawcliffe

The deceased is described as Caucasian, approximately 5'8" tall, 150 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair with a goatee. He was last seen wearing a Winnipeg Jets T-shirt, a dark nylon jacket, jeans and cowboy boots.

The specific date of Mr. RAWCLIFFE’S death has yet to be determined. Investigators are asking anyone who may have information about Mr. RAWCLIFFE’s movements in the past weeks or months, or may have seen him in the area, to call police or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Case # 14372624

New Brunswick man's death a suspected homicide

Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP

 At approximately 8:00 am on Sunday, September 21, 2014, Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP responded to a call of found human remains West of Stony Plain.

The remains were located in an area near Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) and Parkland Drive.

Major Crimes Unit officers, together with Police Dog Services and Forensic Identification Section, responded and continue the investigation.

Police have confirmed the deceased as an 18-year-old man from New Brunswick. His name will not be released, at the request of family. The man was living and working in Alberta at the time of his death.

An autopsy has been completed, but cause of death will not be released.

The investigation is ongoing, and an update will be provided when further information becomes available.

Armed Robbery in Canmore

Canmore RCMP

On September 25th, 2014 at approximately 10:10 am Canmore RCMP received a call of an armed robbery at Rexall Pharmacy in Canmore. The lone suspect entered the pharmacy, produced a canister of what was believed to be bear spray, and demanded that the attendant provide the combination to the safe in which the narcotics are held or he would kill her. The suspect opened the safe and took an undisclosed amount of narcotics. The suspect then fled the store on foot.

The suspect is described as 6’1”, Caucasian with a thin build. He was wearing a grey hooded shirt and light jeans carrying a grey shoulder bag.

Right before the incident, three other males were noted to be in the store, and could either be involved or have information relevant to the robbery. They are described as:
  • 5'7", Caucasian wearing dark jeans, Short brown hair, combed straight back.
  • 6'1", Caucasian wearing jeans, blonde hair, articulate, with a pock-marked face.
  • 6'2", First Nation wearing a black shirt and jeans, 40 years old, collar-length black hair.
The Canmore RCMP requests the public’s help in providing information on this occurrence or any criminal activity. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at If the information leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

Fraudulent money order scam on Facebook

Drayton Valley RCMP

 The Drayton Valley RCMP detachment are warning the public of a common fraud that is being advertised on local Facebook pages. An advertisement or post is made asking for assistance to complete odd jobs for this person. The person then sends the respondent a money order (the ones in Drayton Valley lately have indicated that they are Scotia Bank Money Orders) and asks that the respondent cash this for them, keep some of the money for the work that they have done and send the rest back to the advertiser. These Money Orders are counterfeit and the respondent would likely then be out the money that is sent back to the advertiser. The accounts that the advertiser is posting from are fake and the pictures on the accounts are showing the advertiser to be elderly and appealing to the respondents desires to help someone who may be in need.

If you have information, please call the Drayton Valley RCMP at (780)542-4457. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at 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.

Update to Pedestrian seriously injured by vehicle fleeing RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP

RCMP have charged, William Joel Cameron (1994/03/18) of Red Deer with the 7 offences in relation to this investigation, charges include; Impaired driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop and assist an injured person and possession of stolen property.

Cameron was in Red Deer court September 25, 2014 at 9:30 am to speak to these charges.

Cameron will be held in Custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for October 7, 2014 at 9:30 am in Red Deer Court.

Arson at two schools in Red Deer

Red Deer RCMP are investigating acts of arson at two different schools in the Lancaster neighbourhood on September 22. At approximately 4:00 am, someone lit a shed on fire at Notre Dame High School, near the construction shop area, at 50 Lees Street. The fire engulfed the shed but was contained by the sprinkler system and the work of firefighters. There was no damage to the school.

The same morning at 6:00 am RCMP responded to a report that someone had lit a dumpster on fire at St. Francis of Assisi School on the east side of the building, at 321 Lindsay Avenue. That fire was contained to the dumpster and was extinguished by firefighters.

RCMP take arson very seriously. These are criminal acts, not pranks, and are treated as such by investigators. Fire can easily spread from one source to other locations, with the potential for loss of human life, loss of livelihood and significant social and financial costs.

ATV rollover near Strathmore

Strathmore RCMP 

On September 22, 2014 at approximately noon, Strathmore RCMP responded to a report of an ATV rollover on Highway 791 north of Highway 1. Upon attendance, an injured adult male and injured adult female were located at the scene. Investigation has determined that the ATV was being operated on Highway 791 southbound, when it lost control and entered the east ditch. The ATV then rolled causing the female to be ejected from the ATV and the male to be pinned underneath the ATV. Both the male and female were transported to hospital with serious/life threatening conditions. Both injured persons are visiting Canada from Europe. Both injured persons remain in hospital in ICU. Names are being withheld pending notification of family.

Strathmore RCMP continues to investigate the collision at this time, however it is not expected to result in charges. Alcohol is not being considered as a factor in the collision.

Attending the scene of the collision and providing assistance were Chestermere RCMP, RCMP K Division Collision Analyst, Langdon and Chestermere Fire Departments and Alberta Health Services.

Five years for Grande Prairie drug dealer


A Grande Prairie woman who was at the centre of a quarter-million dollar drug bust in April 2013, was sentenced to five years in prison.

Mahasin Amanda Hadija, received the sentence in Grande Prairie provincial court on September 23rd. The 32-year-old woman was found guilty of numerous drug charges related to cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking, in addition to possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of proceeds of crime.

On April 14 2013, Hadija was arrested by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) Grande Prairie following a seizure of 1.2 kilograms of cocaine, 500 grams of methamphetamine, and three firearms from her apartment. Hadija had transported a shipment of drugs from Vancouver just prior to her arrest. The drugs seized had an estimated street value of $223,000.

Hadija was issued a lifetime ban on prohibited firearms and a 10 year ban on all firearms.

Nigerian letters scam continues to make the rounds

The Calgary Police Service is reminding Calgarians to be cautious of requests for money through letters received via email and mail.

The “Nigerian letters” fraud scam has been circulating through mail and email services as well as cellular communications, attempting to convince potential victims into sending money. The request asks for money through wire transfer or payment cards. In return, the victims are promised large forms of financial reward over time.

The suspects typically reside outside of the victim’s country of residence. It is likely that millions of these communications circulate in North America, most of which go unreported.

If you have been the victim of an email or mail scam, have suffered a loss and are aware of the possible suspect, please call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 to report the crime.

If you have received communication that you think may be a scam, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to report your suspicions. A report can be filed online at or via phone at 1-888-495-8501.

Calgarians are reminded of the following tips when online:
  • Never open email attachments or links from unknown sources.
  • Be suspicious of emails asking for passwords or personal information.
  • Use an anti-virus program, firewall, spam blocker and anti-spyware technology.
  • Do not send sensitive photographs, personal, financial or confidential information via email.
  • Report unsolicited, harassing or offensive email to the internet service provider or customer service department of the source’s email.
Two Calgary deaths deemed non-criminal

The Calgary Police Service has concluded their investigation into the deaths of two men found inside vehicles in the southeast.

Both bodies we found on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. One was located in a vehicle parked at a truck stop in the 1800 block of 9 Ave. S.E. and the other in a vehicle in the 4900 block of Barlow Trail S.E.

Both deaths have been determined to be non-criminal in nature.

The death of a third man, found in a gravel pit on the same day near Peigan Trail / Barlow Trail and Deerfoot Trail S.E., remains undetermined and the investigation continues. Further details will be released on this death as they become available.

Edmonton hit and run spree

The Edmonton Police Service has charged a 22-year-old male in connection with a series of hit and run collisions that occurred yesterday afternoon in downtown Edmonton.

It was reported that at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, a dark green Eagle Vision sedan, believed to be stolen, mounted the south sidewalk on 105 Avenue eastbound from 97 Street and struck two pedestrians who were walking eastbound. The pedestrians were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The vehicle allegedly continued to 101 Street, where it struck a male pedestrian walking near a marked crosswalk. This individual has not yet been identified and is asked to contact police.

It was reported the vehicle then continued south on 101 Street, and eventually north on 105 Street. As the vehicle approached the intersection of 105 Street and 103 Avenue, it allegedly slowed for two pedestrians crossing 105 Street eastbound, and accelerated toward the pedestrians once they were in front of the vehicle. The male pedestrian was struck and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The female pedestrian was able to move out of the way and was not injured.

The vehicle allegedly proceeded northbound on 105 Street and collided with two cars before the accused fled the scene on foot. A citizen assisted officers by identifying the accused, who was apprehended after a brief foot chase.

Brandon James Hudson, 22, faces numerous charges: dangerous driving causing bodily harm, failure to stop at the scene of an accident with a person (x2), failure to stop at the scene of an accident with a vehicle (x2), impaired driving causing bodily harm, failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm, assault, assault with a weapon (x3), theft of motor vehicle and breach of conditions (x4).

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