Debit card fraudsters busy during holiday season

Ponoka RCMP dealt with two calls of debit card fraud last week.

Ponoka RCMP dealt with two calls of debit card fraud last week.

The first was reported Dec. 7 after the victim claimed $439.25 was taken out of their bank account from an ATM in New York City.

It is believed culprits in Red Deer are skimming a person’s debit card to obtain account information and debit card passwords. The second issue occurred between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 again at a New York City ATM. Over the course of two days, culprits withdrew $1,009.32 from a bank account.

Icy road conditions keep emergency crews busy

Last week emergency crews handled 14 calls of rollovers and minor collisions, the majority of which were due to slippery roads.

In one case, a 30-year-old female driving a 2008 Dodge Ram Dec. 12 near Menaik Road and two passengers were trapped in their vehicle after rolling twice. They were able to climb out through the back window with minor injuries. The driver was charged with failure to maintain equipment as all the tires on the Dodge were bald.

In another case a Calgary driver called emergency crews as she had hit the ditch and was unable to exit the vehicle. She was northbound on Highway 2 near Wetaskiwin when she hit the ditch. Emergency crews from Wetaskiwin and members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit attended the scene as quickly as possible.

The woman was on the phone with 911 saying she and her dog were trapped but were unhurt. The first Sheriff arrived to assist and opened the passenger door to let her out.

She did not think to try that side of the vehicle. She received no injuries from the collision.

If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.