Alarming increase in cases of thefts – Police report

MONTHLY FOCUS

For the month of November, the policing focus is on pedestrian safety. Police want to remind motorists to use extra caution when passing pedestrians and at crosswalks or intersections. Pedestrians and cyclists are reminded to be defensive, realizing that the roads are slippery with frost, ice or gravel and that the early darkness may conceal their presence and delay reaction times.

THEFT

On Nov. 8, a resident at Buffalo Lake Estates, Rochon Sands, reported that screens were removed from his garage at a cottage in an apparent attempted break in. On Nov. 6 a shed at another cottage at Buffalo Lake Estates was found broken into.

A vehicle that was stolen in Halkirk on Nov. 7 was recovered abandoned in Stettler on the next day. The red 2004 Chev Silverado truck was located in a parking lot in the 5700 block of 50A Avenue.

On Nov. 3, license plates were reported stolen from a vehicle, likely while parked in 4700 block of 70 Street in Stettler. The Alberta plates were JMA-332. Again on Nov. 10, a license plate was stolen from a vehicle parked at an auto dealer in Stettler. Missing is Alberta license 60K-711.

On Nov. 5, stereo equipment was stolen out of a parked vehicle in Stettler including a Sony Xplod 800 watt amplifier, a Pioneer 300-watt amplifier, 6×9 speakers and 12- inch sub woofers.

Property was stolen from an oil/gas site in the southwest area of the County of Stettler on Nov. 8. Stolen items included a generator and chain saws.

On Nov. 9, it was reported that car parts were stolen from a farm near Botha. Items stolen included a silver hood, holley four-barrel carburator and a K&N air filter.

A 1996 white Ford Mustang was stolen on Nov. 14 from the 5000 block of 44 Street in Stettler. It was recovered hours later on fire in the northwest portion of the County of Stettler, a few miles south of Buffalo Lake.

On Nov. 13, a garage was broken into in the 4700 block of 48 Street in Stettler. Property stolen included a socket set and other misc tools.

VANDALISM

On Nov. 13 overnight, five vehicles had tires slashed outside an apartment complex in the 6200 block of 40 Avenue in Stettler. A windshield of one of the vehicles was also damaged the same night.

It was reported on Nov. 13 that in the past few weeks, railway equipment was spray-painted while parked at a siding southwest of Stettler in the county.

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.