Bakery helps to prevent fraud

On May 29, an employee of a Ponoka bakery received a phone call from a woman who claimed to be looking for a caterer for a wedding.

On May 29, an employee of a Ponoka bakery received a phone call from a woman who claimed to be looking for a caterer for a wedding. She asked the employee to email her the information.

The caller asked the bakery to mail the cake to Chicago, Ill. through a private shipper. The bakery would then be furnished with credit card payment information at the time of pick up.

Two credit card numbers were sent but without names and the suspect requested a payment of $980 be split between both cards.

The police were contacted and no charges were made to the credit cards as they were confirmed as stolen. There are no suspects, the location of the caller is unknown and the cake was not sent.

Knife at party

Partygoers at a house on the 5000 block of 43 Avenue were in for a shock last week when a man at the party brandished a kitchen knife and threatened a woman.

Police attended but the victim declined to lay charges. RCMP did arrest him for breach of an undertaking.

Two tows

Police responded to a 911 call of a white Honda Prelude swerving in and out of lanes June 6 at 9 a.m. in Highway 2 near Ponoka.

The driver produced an invalid Manitoba driver’s license and his vehicle was subsequently towed. He was advised to acquire a new license.

Later in the day, the 23-year-old Calgary man went to retrieve the vehicle. Instead of getting a license as well, he drove off with the Honda, at which point he was again charged for driving without a valid license and his car was towed again.

Vehicle stolen

Sometime in the evening of June 7 or morning of June 8, a 1996 red Dodge Neon was stolen from the 5300 block of 59 Street.

Police are looking for suspects.

Hit and run to vehicles

Ponoka RCMP responded to a call of damage to the passenger’s side front panel of a 2009 Pontiac G6. It occurred between 4 and 5 p.m. on June 4 at the 4500 block of 50 Street. Another hit and run occurred June 6 at around 3 p.m. The owners were at a local restaurant and after finishing their meal found damage to their 2006 Dodge Caravan.

There are no suspects in either event.

Bottles for booze

Police responded to a call of two suspicious men walking in the back alleys of the 6000 block of 52 Avenue June 6. Both were wearing blue jean jackets and going into homeowners’ backyards to collect bottles.

Police say there has been a pattern of people collecting recyclables to buy liquor.

Grab and dash

Police are looking for a woman who stole a 16-ounce bottle of Royal Reserve liquor June 10. Witnesses were able to acquire a license plate number of the suspects and one of them left their cellphone in the store.

The matter is still under investigation.

Vandalism

Birdhouses and mailboxes on Lincoln Road have been vandalized by what appears to be a baseball bat. Police say the vandalism occurred on the evening of June 6 and at least a dozen birdhouses were damaged.

TV stolen

Police are looking for suspects after a 42-inch Sony flat screen television was stolen from an unlocked holiday trailer. The theft occurred on the 5800 block 57 Street in the evening of June 6 and was reported the next day.

Listerine thefts

Ponoka RCMP responded to complaints of several intoxicated individuals in the Esso and Boston Pizza parking lot June 7 at 6 p.m. After some investigation it was also determined a 34-year-old man in the group had stolen some Listerine from a store. He was arrested and released for the theft.

There was another attempted theft of a bottle of Listerine from a downtown drugstore on June 10 at 1 p.m. A 41-year-old man had dropped the bottle after being found with the mouthwash and then ran to a nearby church where he was found and arrested.

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

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