Incidents of fuel theft becoming widespread, shoplifter arrested

RCMP Report

In the ditch

COLLISION

Police responded to a collision about 5 km. north of Big Valley on Hwy 56 at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sept 18. A southbound motorcycle had entered the west ditch and rolled. The vehicle was a 2009 Suzuki Boulevard S50. EMS from Big Valley and Stettler responded along with Big Valley First Responders and volunteer fire department. The driver, a 37-year-old male from Camrose, was treated at the scene and released.

SCHOOL ZONES

Stettler RCMP Detachment continues its “Back To School” traffic emphasis during the month of September. The speed limit in playgrounds is 30 km/hr from 8:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset. School zones have a 30 km/hr speed limit from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Enforcement of these speed limits will continue at the Stettler and area schools. The fine for traveling 50 km/hr in a 30 zone is $124.

MISCHIEF

Fencing was reported cut in a pasture near Byemoor on Sept. 18.

The owner of a computer complained to police on Sept 18 that unknown culprits had hacked into their system and altered data.

On Sept. 19 police investigated a suspicious fire at a residence in the 5000 block of 46 Street in Stettler. The fire was extinguished prior to police arriving with minimal damage occurring to property.

THEFT

The Water Treatment Plant for the Town of Stettler was broken into at 12:30 a.m. on Sept 16. Damage to the property included a broken window.

On Sept. 16, fuel was reported stolen from a rural storage tank in the southwest County of Stettler area. Approximately 400 gallons of fuel was taken. In the same area a generator and fuel was stolen from a pasture area. As well, overnight, an oil/gas site suffered a break-in to a building where culprits discharged fire extinguishers and caused some damage.

A 53-year-old Stettler male was arrested after police investigated a shoplifting incident in Stettler on Sept 17. He will appear in Stettler court Nov. 12 to enter a plea. On Sept. 20 another incident of shoplifting was dealt with by way of youth diversion.

Police investigated a break and enter complaint on Sept. 18, after a trailer, parked in the 5000 block of 45 Street in Stettler was entered.

On Sept. 19, an attempted theft of fuel from a vehicle parked in the 4900 block of 53 Street in Stettler was reported. It is believed thieves were going through parked vehicles in this area.

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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