Police looking for window shooters

The Stettler RCMP is hoping someone in the community may have information about who shot the windows of a downtown business.

The Stettler RCMP is hoping someone in the community may have information about who shot the windows of a downtown Stettler business sometime over the weekend of Jan. 15-17.

Staff at Stettler Chiropractic came into work on Monday, Jan. 18 to find that a vandal over the weekend had shot their windows in several locations with some sort of pellet or bb-gun, RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Phil Penny said.

Police are currently investigating the incident and following up on leads, but are asking anyone who may have witnessed or heard anything about the matter to contact them with the information.

The cost to replace the large panes of glass is in the thousands of dollars.

Anyone with information can contact the Stettler RCMP at 403-742-3382, or remain anonymous and phone Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Driver-swap doesn’t fool police

A driver stopped by police tried to avoid trouble by switching places with his passenger, a ploy that didn’t fool the arresting officer.

On Saturday, Jan. 16 around 1 a.m., police stopped a driver near 57 Street after running the plate revealed the owner did not have a licence. The vehicle pulled over and the driver quickly switched places inside the vehicle with the passenger.

The now-passenger was asked to provide a road-side sobriety test sample, which was failed, resulting in a charge each of impaired driving and driving without a licence. It was also revealed the individual had warrants pending out of another detachment. The actual passenger was not charged.

Email fraud targets businesses

Police are asking local businesses to be on their guard after a local business notified them of a fraud attempt.

The company in question received a spoofed email — an email made to look like it came from a legitimate company — asking them to transfer money. The local company did not fall victim to the scam and notified police.

Penny said businesses who believe they may have lost money to such a scam should contact police.