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Police bust stolen property ring in Rocky Mountain House

Staff Sgt Groves stolen property
Staff Sgt Groves stolen property

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta (Tuesday, December 1, 2015).  On November 28th and 29th, 2015, Mounties in Rocky Mountain House conducted a search warrant at a local residence and seized a large quantity of stolen property, including three stolen vehicles, seven firearms, 12 chainsaws, a 27 foot enclosed trailer, a multitude of tools, new truck tires, seven weed trimmers, saddles and high end electronics.  In addition, police seized a quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Police have charged three adult males and one adult female, all residents of the local area, with multiple criminal charges and many pending the outcome of the investigation.  Stolen property recovered from this operation is from thefts that have occurred all over Central Alberta.  Officers are in the process of sorting out the property and locating the rightful owners at this time as the investigation continues.

Over the last few months, Rocky Mountain House Detachment has taken serious measures to combat crime in our community.  Your local detachment has instituted a crime reduction strategy focused on street-level crime, crime hot spots and targeting chronic habitual offenders.  Through intelligence analysis and focused enforcement measures, this reduction strategy aims to combat illegal activities to reduce crime and promote safe and secure communities.  This successful bust was a direct result of the detachment crime reduction strategy.
To help us reduce crime, we recommend eliminating opportunities for crime by keeping vehicles locked at all times and not leaving valuables in unattended vehicles, especially at night.  If you are away from home for a length of time, have a friend check it regularly.  Ensure that valuables, including firearms are locked and stored safely.  To assist police in retrieving stolen property and returning it to its rightful owner you should document serial numbers of electronics, firearms and other property.  Take photos of each item and store the photographs and list of serial numbers in a safe place so you can quickly give police and your insurance company this valuable information in the event you do need it.  In this case, those victims who provided police with serial numbers has made locating these rightful owners possible.
Your local Mounties will continue to pursue those responsible for crime in our community and will utilize every tool possible to successfully arrest and prosecute those who break the law.  The Rocky Mountain House Detachment area is vast and encompasses over 50,000 square miles of territory.  Our 30 dedicated officers and 8 support staff will continue to work hard to serve you but we cannot be everywhere.  You can assist us also by being our eyes and ears and report any crime or suspicious activity either directly to detachment at (403) 845-2881 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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