Gas-and-dash a mistake, says Stettler truck driver

Below is a summary of most calls for Stettler RCMP service during the past week.

Below is a summary of most calls for Stettler RCMP service during the past week.

Calls that have the SUI designation attached are still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding unsolved crimes or incidents is asked to contact Stettler RCMP at 403-742-3382, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Tuesday, Jan. 29

12:02 a.m. — Complaint of an egg being thrown at residence window in the 6100 block of 50A Avenue. There were no witnesses located.

5:16 a.m. — A commercial false alarm at the Peavey Mart.

10:28 a.m. — A 49-year-old female attended Stettler detachment to report that a friend named Adam, last name unknown, had stolen some of her medication when he came over to visit. The female stated that she was walking down the street when she recognized an old friend from B.C., named Adam, who just happened to be driving by. She invited Adam and his friend over to her residence, where they drank together and stayed overnight. In the morning, the complainant noted that her pills and some tobacco were stolen. Adam was only known to the complainant from her days smoking drugs with him in Victoria. There was no address provided for the suspects, for follow-up.

4:45 p.m. — Complaint that three youths were smoking drugs inside a silver-coloured Dodge Caravan. An investigator conducted patrols, but was unable to locate the vehicle. Several attempts were made to contact the complainant for more information, but he did not answer his phone. The 50-year-old male owner of the van was contacted and he advised that he was in Coronation at the time of the call. The owner advised that he was very unhappy about the report and would deal with the matter himself when he returned home.

10:38 p.m. — A 911 call reporting a disturbance in the 6100 block of 51 Avenue. The caller advised that there were five youths yelling — one youth was on the ground and a female crying. All persons appeared to be intoxicated and were reported to be headed east on 5 Avenue. A patrol was conducted in the area and all were gone on arrival.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

12:41 p.m. — A 911 call reporting a missing wallet, containing a credit and debit card, that was last used the previous day at the Stettler Tim Hortons. Upon reporting the missing cards to the bank, the 24-year-old Stettler male discovered that more than $1,900 was withdrawn from his bank account. Bank statements indicated that the majority of the funds were spent or withdrawn at the Red Deer Bower Mall. Video footage of the suspect(s) has been obtained by the Red Deer RCMP Commercial Crime Unit. SUI

4:12 p.m. — Complaint of theft of fuel from the west-end Esso. The operator of a Ford F-150 filled up and left without paying for $27 worth of fuel. The 52-year-old truck owner from Stettler was contacted and he advised that he got fuel, cigarettes, a few other items and paid, but did not realize that the fuel had not been added to the price. The truck driver returned to the station right away and paid for the fuel. It was not an intentional gas-and-dash.

5:47 p.m. — Complaint of a break and enter to the business of Wally’s Backhoe Service on Highway 12 east. The caller was watching the business for the owner and came across a grey-coloured Ford Focus outside the shop. A white male in his teens, wearing a black T-shirt and baggy jeans, was located looking around and was defensive when questioned. He departed the area without providing his identity. SUI

9:44 p.m. — Complaint from a 30-year-old male property owner from rural Big Valley area that the Transportation Department came onto his property and mulched two acres of trees. The caller stated that the trees were not on the right of way, as they were set into the property over 150 feet. The mulcher was left sitting just off the driveway on caller’s lawn. SUI

11:12 p.m. — Complaint of a possible break and enter in progress at a 54 Street residence. An investigator patrolled the perimeter of the home and noted that there were no footprints in the fresh snow. There were also no signs of anything else around the house. It is believed that the homeowner had heard snow falling from the roof and became afraid.

Thursday, Jan. 31

1:50 a.m. — Complaint of family abuse from a 14-year-old female from Red Deer. A statement was obtained and it was determined that there were no grounds to lay any charges against the parents. The matter was referred to Family and Child Services.

10:21 a.m. — A 56-year-old school bus driver attended the Stettler detachment to report a collision. The school bus was in the loading zone at the Recreation Centre, when a white-coloured GMC pick-up backed into rear driver’s side corner of the bus. The 79-year-old male driver pulled back into his parking spot and then proceeded to back out again, striking the bus. The driver pulled back into his spot and then backed out the other way. The driver went past the school bus and looked at bus driver when he went by and then proceeded to leave the parking lot. A licence-plate number of the truck was provided. SUI

1 p.m. — An investigator observed a silver-coloured Pontiac Grand-Am travelling northbound on 62 Street and approaching the intersection of 44 Avenue. The car was observed to roll through the stop sign at a steady speed of approximately 10 to 15 kilometres per hour, as it turned east onto 44 Avenue. A vehicle stop was conducted and the 17-year-old driver from 40 Avenue was found not to possess a valid driver’s licence. Since the registered owner was not the driver, the male was also issued a ticket for driving an uninsured vehicle. The male has a court date of March 12.

7 p.m. — Complaint of theft of gasoline from the west-end Esso. Two intoxicated males in an older, gold-coloured Ford F-150 filled the truck with $85 worth of fuel, said they didn’t have any money, and drove off west on Highway 12. SUI

Friday, Feb. 1

2:39 a.m. — Complaint of a 19-year-old male breaking and entering a downstairs apartment at a 47 Street residence. The teenager was evicted at noon the previous day and the homeowner advised that a widow appeared to be broken upon entry. An investigator attended the dwelling to find the evicted tenant inside the basement apartment. He was charged with break and enter and he stated that he left a window unlocked to gain entry. He has a March 14 court date.

6:21 p.m. — A residential false alarm was reported on 41 Avenue.

11:36 p.m. — An investigator conducting a patrol west on Highway 12 observed a speeding Chevrolet pickup, near 61 Street. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was found to have been previously consuming liquor. The driver was issued a 30-day licence suspension as a result of failing a roadside test.

Saturday, Feb. 2

12:11 a.m. — Complaint of theft of cable, which occurred overnight at the Direct Energy compound on Highway 590 and then east eight kilometres. SUI

12:18 a.m. — A 911 call reporting a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 12 on the left side of the Erskine overpass. An investigation determined that the Ford F-150 hit black ice and went off of the road to the right. The vehicle then rolled once when it hit the deep snow. The 21-year-old male driver from Digby N.S., a 29-year-old male from Emmerson Acres and a 30-year-old female from Emmerson Acres, all received minor injuries. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor. Stettler EMS and Stettler Regional Fire Department were also on the scene. Carillion was contacted to sand/salt the highway.

2:42 a.m. — Report of a break and enter at a 50A Avenue residence. Upon investigators arriving, the 36-year-old male caller was found outside of the residence and was heavily intoxicated. The intoxicated man claimed that he was coming home from the bar (Whiskey Nights) when he witnessed a blond female break the window of his front door and then exit through the front door. The woman was described as being white, blond hair, five-foot-seven in her 20s. The story about the B&E changed several times and the complainant later  advised that he had goneinto the house and that the female had now left through the back door. The intoxicated male was arrested for breach of the peace and was lodged in police cells until sober.

1:16 p.m. — Request to check on the well-being of a 67-year-old female on 44 Street. Her 60-year-old brother from Lethbridge advised that while speaking with her by phone, she began having trouble   breathing. He advised her to attend the hospital. An investigator determined that the female did in fact take a taxi to the Stettler hospital.

10:46 p.m. — A residential false alarm on the 6100 block of 50A Avenue.

11:29 p.m. — Commercial false alarm at Kal Tire.

Sunday, Feb. 3

3:26 a.m. — Report of an intoxicated driver attempting to get his Chevrolet Cobalt towed out of a snowbank on 50 Avenue. Investigators attended the location and determined that the car was at the location hours before the driver requesting the tow. The keys for the vehicle were turned over to the tow operator and the 33-year-old vehicle owner was given a ride to his residence.

Monday, Feb. 4

1:36 p.m. — Complaint of a hit and run to the north side of a commercial building on 50 Avenue, near 50 Street. The damage was caused by a vehicle on the weekend.

2:43 p.m. — A residential false alarm in the 6300 block of 41 Avenue.

3:15 p.m. — Complaint of a break and enter to an oilfield battery site, 1.5 miles west of Highway 56 on Fritz Hill Road. The Bearspaw Petroleum supervisor advised that the operators locked up at 4 p.m. on Feb. 3, and when they arrived at 7:30 a.m., they noticed the gate locks were cut off. Stolen was a Casing Scraper, worth about $5,000.

5:34 p.m. — Complaint of a dark-green, or black-coloured Ford Mustang, possibly a convertible, with a Saskatchewan licence plate, passing vehicles at double solid lines on Highway 56, north of Stettler. The vehicle was not intercepted and the information was passed on to Bashaw detachment and Killam.


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