Break-ins and thefts start to climb again throughout county

COLLISION

On Oct. 17 at 4 p.m., an eastbound vehicle with two occupants left Highway 12, entered the south ditch, struck an approach and rolled. The female driving the vehicle and her nine-year-old son were treated at the scene by EMS and transported to hospital. The collision occurred between Gadsby and Halkirk. The occupants are residents of Coronation. Police considered the injuries as non life threatening.

IMPAIRED DRIVING

On Oct. 16, at 12:20 a.m. police encountered a vehicle apparently ‘hung up’ on some curbing at the FasGas in Stettler. A 49- year-old Stettler resident was arrested and removed from the scene where breath testing occurred. As a result, the male was released to appear in Stettler Provincial Court on Oct. 28th to enter a plea to a charge of having the care or control of a vehicle while impaired.

THEFT

A railway car was broken into in Stettler on Oct. 11. Exactly what was stolen has not been determined.

On Oct. 12 a white 2006 Ford truck, Alberta license ZSX-900 was stolen from the 4700 block of 41 Street in Stettler.

Hay was stolen from a field in the southeast portion of the County of Stettler near Byemoor on Oct. 12.

Overnight on Oct. 15, a business in the 5000 block of 50 Street in Stettler was broken into. A front window was broken and some merchandise, perhaps Halloween costumes, were stolen. Later in the day a donation box was stolen from the front counter of another business in town. Two 15-year-old youth were responsible and were dealt with in a restorative manner that did not involve criminal charges.

Diesel fuel was stolen from storage tanks associated to the ongoing construction along Highway 56 south of Stettler. Overnight on Oct. 16, culprits cut the locks off tanks and stole about $100 in fuel.

Big Valley was the scene of many property crimes overnight on Oct.18 in many areas of the village, including Railway, 2 and 3 avenues. At least four vehicles were entered, rifled through, with various property being stolen. A 2005 Ford pickup truck was stolen from along Railway Avenue and abandoned a short distance away. A white 2001 Ford F150 truck, with Alberta License BAU-553, was stolen from 2 Avenue and has not been recovered.

Be a good neighbour. When out for a walk or up getting a drink of water at 3 a.m. be attentive to suspicious activity in your community. Record and report misbehaviour to the police promptly. Working together, we can deter crime.

TRAFFIC FOCUS

For the month of October, the traffic focus for police is “occupant restraints.” Extra efforts will be made to detect and prosecute persons who do not use their seatbelts. Police are convinced that seatbelts substantially (about 50 per cent) reduce the chance of injury or death following a crash. So far this month, 12 tickets have been written in and around Stettler with offenders facing a fine of $115. “What’s holding you back? Buckle up!”

Anyone with information that would assist police in solving these or any other crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or send an email to www.tipsubmit.com. Crimestoppers is completely anonymous and pays cash for information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property.

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