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The Olds Didsbury Sundre Rural Crime Watch Fan Out system updates on local issues on our website, by e-mail, plus phone alerts are available for those without email. When the RCMP want to communicate with the entire membership, or a specific area, the message is verbally, and digitally entered in the computer and the dialer automatically dials all the phone numbers within the specified area. The System will redial all busy or unanswered calls three times. It is capable of leaving a message on voice mail and answering machines. Average length of recorded messages is 30 seconds.

Messages are usually sent between the hours of 8 am and 9:30 pm, any day of the week. If there is an urgent message, it may come at any hour.

Please check back regularly as updates are posted as soon as they come in.

POSTED DECEMBER 20, 2019
Photo 3, Jeep LibertyPOSSIBLE COPPER WIRE THEFT - On December 20, 2019 at 09:56 hours, Didsbury RCMP received a complaint of suspicious persons climbing over the fence and out of the property at an Exxon Lease Site. The Lease Site is west of Highway 22 near Elkton. The complainant advised there were three males in total and that they had left in a maroon coloured Jeep Liberty, AB marker CFJ8195. RCMP met with Exxon Mobil employees on scene. It appears nothing was stolen but a few wires had been tampered with. Employees believe the individuals were scoping out the site in attempt to steal copper wire. Complainant obtained photographs of the males and the Jeep. Complainant described the individuals as follows:

#1 - White male, wearing a grey jacket with orange trim, red shoes, white sunglasses with red lenses, black hoodie, red and black toque, camouflage gloves, and a goatee.
#2 - White male, black and green plaid jacket, black hoodie, and impact style gloves.
#3 - White male, beard, red toque, black jacket, and was the driver of the vehicle.

The registered owner has an address in Medicine Hat. Attempts are being made to contact the registered owner. Any information please contact the RCMP immediately.

Photo 1, Jeep Liberty Photo 2, Jeep Liberty

POSTED NOVEMBER 14, 2019

COUNTERFEIT BILLS - The Sundre RCMP would like to remind local businesses to be vigilant when receiving physical currency for transactions. It has been recently reported to police that counterfeit Canadian currency has been used to pay for services at a local Sundre business. Should your business receive counterfeit bills, please contact your local police agency immediately.

POSTED OCTOBER 24, 2019

ERRATIC DRIVER IN OLDS - On October 22, 2019, at 1:44 pm, Olds RCMP received a complaint from a motorist, of an erratic driver involving a Black GMC half ton truck. The suspect vehicle turned north on 46 Avenue from 54 Street, while northbound and southbound traffic were stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross 46 Avenue. The suspect vehicle, while turning northbound almost struck the pedestrian, and a southbound vehicle. The suspect vehicle left northbound, at a high rate of speed. Police are seeking assistance from any witnesses and any assistance to identify the pedestrian. Police are continuing their investigation and are requesting anyone with information regarding this matter, to contact the Olds RCMP at 403-556-3323, or should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

POSTED OCTOBER 18, 2019

ARMED ROBBERY IN TORRINGTON - On October 16th, 2019 at approximately 9:30 pm, Olds RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the Torrington Hotel.

Two subjects, a male and a female, pulled up to the hotel in an older white pickup truck, described as possibly a Ford F150. The male suspect entered the hotel bar and pointed a long barrel firearm at the staff member, and ordered him not to move. There were no other people in the bar at the time. The female then entered the hotel, and both suspects went behind the counter and stole the till containing cash. They then exited the bar and fled westbound, in the truck on Highway 27. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.

The male suspect is described as being 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, large build, and wearing a red balaclava, black sweater, black pants, brown boots and a dark hat with white emblem. The female suspect is described as being approximately 5 feet tall, thin build, and wearing a striped backpack, dark pants, knee high dark boots, dark grey jacket, white balaclava and a black ball cap with white symbol.

Police are continuing their investigation and are requesting anyone with information regarding this matter to contact the Olds RCMP at 403-556-3323 or should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

Shots from the store camera.

POSTED OCTOBER 2, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS - Red Deer/Lacombe Rural Crime Watch is hosting a session on the positive and negative effects of the internet at 7 pm on Thursday, October 3rd at the Bowden Community Hall. Presented by Joe Media.

Provincial Rural Crime Watch Zone 2 meeting is Saturday, October 26 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. $20 per person. RSVP by October 15 to Judy at 403-507-5647.

Clearwater Community Rural Crime Watch AGM - 7 pm, at Caroline Arena. Speaker on Cyber Security.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

RECENT INCREASE IN VEHICLE THEFTS - Olds RCMP are advising the public of a recent increase in the Detachment area respecting Motor Vehicle thefts. Since August there have been 18 vehicles stolen in the area; 13 in the town of Olds with 5 in Mountain View County. All the vehicles, with the exception of two, were pick up trucks. Vehicles were of all makes and were across numerous years of manufacture. The town of Olds has seen 51 vehicles stolen since the start of the year to the end of August. This same period in 2018 had 42 vehicles stolen. This is a 21% increase. Of note police did see a decrease in each month from January to June compared the year prior; whereas, July and August had increases.

The Rural area of the detachment has seen an overall 23 % decrease to the end of August this year compared to last. There was an increase from 4 vehicles stolen in August of 2018 to 5 in 2019.

Police are reminding the public to lock vehicles, remove contents and keys when vehicles are left unattended. Police are requesting anyone with information regarding this or any other crime to contact the Olds RCMP Detachment at 403-556-3324 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2019

CASINO HELP REQUESTED - The Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association has a casino at the Grand Villa Edmonton Casino in downtown Edmonton. Dates are July 22 and 23, 2019. If you'd like to volunteer, please go to our Events/News page and complete the volunteer forms, and submit to the Casino Chairperson. Schedules are also posted. Thank you for your support of rural crime watch.

POSTED JANUARY 13, 2019

B&E AT SUNDRE HOME HARDWARE - On January 12, 2019 at approximately 8:40 a.m., the Sundre RCMP responded to a break and enter at the Home Hardware, just west of the Town of Sundre. Sometime overnight, thieves used a vehicle and smashed through Home Hardware's locked property gates and then rammed through the overhead loading bay door at the rear of the business. Two individuals, wearing dark clothing, gloves and had their faces concealed, were captured on security footage stealing several thousand dollars worth of high end power tools from the business. The vehicle used was a stolen white Ford 250 pickup truck with Highland Projects decals on the doors and unit number 228 on the tailgate, and should have noticeable damage to the front and rear of it. A local property owner reported that he witnessed a purple 2010 or newer Ford 250 or Ford 350 extended cab, pickup truck north of the Town of Sundre near the James River. The property owner stated that purple truck's interior was filled with power tools and was in the company of a white pickup truck with Highland Projects decals. Both pickup trucks were witnessed driving together heading north on Hwy 22 towards the Village of Caroline. The Sundre RCMP detachment is requesting that anyone with information related to this crime contact the Sundre Detachment at 403-638-3675 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-2477.

POSTED JANUARY 11, 2019

FEED WAGON STOLEN - On December 17th, 2018 Olds RCMP received a report of a stolen 2015 Renn R F M 350 Feed Wagon being stolen off a farm west of Olds. The approximate value of the property stolen was $18,000. RCMP would like to request the assistance of rural residents, to be on the lookout for a piece of farm equipment matching this feed wagon that may be parked, or abandoned, near their property and report to RCMP if it seems out of the ordinary.

Also, January 10, 2019, there was a black 4-door F 250 stolen from the seed plant in Olds. The owner's credit card was then used at the Carstairs Coop. If you have any information on this crime, please call your local RCMP office.

If you have information about any incidents or suspicious activity, please call 403-556-3323 right away, so an officer can be dispatched. These tips have resulted in several individuals being apprehended, so keep them coming.

POSTED JANUARY 10, 2019

RIVER MONITORING SHED BROKEN INTO - The Sundre RCMP are requesting the public's assistance to help identify who is responsible for the following matter. Sometime between October 31, 2018, and January 8, 2019, the river monitoring shed, located along the Red Deer River near the Greenwood Campground situated in Sundre was broken into and equipment related to water monitoring was stolen. Sundre RCMP are requesting that anyone with information related to this crime to contact the Sundre RCMP Detachment at 403-638-3675 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-2477.

POSTED JANUARY 4, 2019

DIDSBURY RCMP RESPOND TO CONCERN ON SOCIAL MEDIA - Didsbury RCMP are advising the public that there is NO concern for public safety or any unfolding police incident in the Didsbury Detachment area. RCMP responded to a call earlier where an investigation lead to an adult male being apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to a medical facility. There will be no further comment from RCMP on this matter and a name will not be released.

POSTED JANUARY 1, 2019

SUNDRE RCMP REQUEST PUBLIC ASSISTANCE - On December 28 around 9 pm, the Sundre RCMP received a complaint of a dark blue F 150 pickup driving aggressively and the occupants acting strangely. Police attempted to block the vehicle but the truck struck one of the police cars and escaped on Highway 27 heading east. Police are requesting the assistance of the public to help identify the truck and its occupants. The truck will have damage to the lower portion of the driver's side door from pushing past the police vehicle. The truck description and pictures are posted here. Should anyone have information on the identity of the occupants or the location the truck, please contact the Sundre RCMP at 403-638-3675 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-2477.

POSTED NOVEMBER 12, 2018

CRIME PREVENTION THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN - Mountain View County is holding a training session on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design on November 19, 2018 at 6 pm to 9:30 pm. The purpose of this workshop is to help farm and acreage owners be more resilient to property crime in rural areas. The session will introduce principles of CPTED and neighbourhood and community safety. Following the session there will be time for presentations from Rural Crime Watch and Citizens on Patrol operating in Mountain View County. Registration is available through the County Office. The event is free but please RSVP.

POSTED AUGUST 28, 2018

GRIZZLY SIGHTING - On August 27, 2018 a Grizzly Bear was sighted in a field near Range Road 23 and the Carstairs Blind Line. The witness was provided with the phone number for Fish and Wildlife, however this memo is simply to serve as a public safety notice for residents in the area. Should you have any questions, please contact the Didsbury RCMP at 403-335-3382.

POSTED JULY 11, 2018

FUEL THEFT - On June 30th, 2018, at approximately 08:30 AM, a resident on Range Road 43 and Township 335 (near Eagle Hill) scared off a Maroon coloured Dodge Ram who was stealing fuel from his tanks down his driveway. The truck sped off going West on Township 334 where it was captured on a residence security camera. A photo of the truck has been attached. No description of the occupants are available. If you can help, please contact Cst. D.J-G.Poirier, Sundre RCMP, 403-638-3675.

Pictures of suspect vehicle.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Olds Rural Crime Watch will be participating at the Cremona Farm and Rural Security Trade Show, Saturday, April 28 from 10 to 4 at the Cremona Community Hall. If you can help man the booth, please call Judy at 403-507-5647. And the Crime Prevention Trade Show is set for Saturday, May 26 at the Olds Legion from 10 to 2. Please let Judy know if you are willing to help with planning or at this event.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2018

STAY VIGILANT - As reported by the Falun/Hillside/Rosebriar RCW - Several B&Es and Suspicious Person(s)/Vehicle reports in this region. The purpose of this message is to make Alberta residents aware of potential suspicious activity. Please be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious vehicles and or people immediately. RCMP General Complaint Line 780-312-7267.

POSTED APRIL 16, 2018

LETTERS FROM ARPCWA - APRCWA would like to bring two letters to our members' attention:

POSTED APRIL 14, 2018

TOWN HALL MEETING - Just to let you know of an upcoming town hall meeting, hosted by MP Earl Dreeshen, regarding rural crime, justice, marijuana, mental health and other issues. Thursday April 19th from 7-9 pm at the Bowden Community Centre, 2101 - 27th Avenue.

POSTED APRIL 4, 2018

ZONE 2 MEETING APRIL 14 - We have the Provincial Zone 2 meeting coming up really fast now - Saturday, April 14 at the Mountain View County Office, south of Olds on Hwy 2A and Bergen Road. Cost will be $20 for food. We are hoping Cochrane RCW will demo their phone APP. This is a great opportunity to talk with other associations to see what's happening around the province. Please RSVP, to Judy for food , 403-507-5647.

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018

FRIENDLY REMINDER - Just a reminder to reserve your spot at our upcoming supper and Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 6 pm at the Olds Regional Exhibition - Cow Palace. Constable Kevin Lintott, Investigator, Red Deer RCMP, will share his expertise on what we need to know about the current drugs causing so many problems. There is no charge for this event, but we do require an RSVP to get numbers for catering. Please call Judy at 403-507-5647, by Friday March 23! Or e-mail info@oldsruralcrimewatch.ca. Please let a member of the executive know if you would be willing to let your name stand for an executive position. Thank you to those who have already registered.

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2018

FRIENDLY REMINDERS - On February 20th, 2018 the Conservative Association is sponsoring Beef on a Bun with Kodiak Catering at 5:30 pm. This is in conjunction with the Rural Crime Town Hall Meeting sponsored by our MP Earl Dreeshen at the Eagle Hill Hall. Another reminder that the Olds/Didsbury/Sundre Annual General membership meeting is Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 6 pm. This will be a supper meeting and location is yet to be determined but MARK YOUR CALENDAR PLEASE. R.S.V.P notices will be sent out mid March.

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