Investigators deal with fraud complaints

Police are investigating two complaints of potential fraudsters last week.

Police are investigating two complaints of potential fraudsters last week.

The first incident occurred Tuesday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. when a Ponoka resident received a call from a person claiming to represent Revenue Canada at the phone number 909-713-7059 claiming that she owed $5,000 in taxes.

The suspect claimed the resident had to pay that money within a matter of minutes or the organizations would put a lean on the house.

Police are investigating the matter.

The other case emerged overnight of May 28 when a resident received an email stating that the sender of the message was awarded as secret shopper by a company called Remax Hallmark Realty Limited out of Toronto, Ont. Instructions in the e mail stated the recipient Ponoka resident could keep $400 if he could cash a cheque for $4,375 on behalf of the sender.

The email requested the man provide personal banking information through email. The Ponoka resident then became suspicious and requested more information but the only replies were instructions to cash the cheque.

Police called the contact phone number in the email but it was listed as not in service.

Vandalism

Police are investigating a broken window at the FCSS building overnight of May 26. It is believed culprits smashed the front door window but nothing is reported as missing. There are no suspects at this time.

Concerned neighbour calls police

Seeing youths go through a window of  a home on 58 Avenue on May 28 at noon caused a neighbour to call for police.

Police say the neighbour witnessed a youth enter the building through a window then let three other youths into the home. Police converged on the home and surrounded it.

Upon further investigation it was determined one of the youths lived there but had forgotten their keys, which is why they entered the building that way. There were no charges from the incident.

Man charged with uttering threats

Telling a woman he was going to kill her because she was seeing another person turned out to be a bad idea for a 52-year-old Ponoka man.

Police were called to a Ponoka home on May 29 at 11:40 a.m. after reports that the man was intoxicated and threatened to commit suicide and then threatened to kill the woman. He was arrested and charged with uttering threats.

Ponoka man’s vehicle seized

Driving on Highway 2 on May 29 with a license plate that didn’t match the vehicle alerted officers to a potential issue.

Further investigation showed the man was a suspended driver and he was subsequently charged with driving while unauthorized and his vehicle was seized for 30 days.

Three injured in stabbing

Maskwacis RCMP are investigating a stabbing incident on May 30 on the Louis Bull First Nation.

Police say two men suffered serious stabbing injuries and a third is suffering an injury from an altercation with weapons. He was treated and released from the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre while the stabbing victims were sent by STARS Air Ambulance and ground ambulance to Edmonton hospitals.

Police say they believe the injuries are not life threatening. The matter is under investigation.

Man found dead in fire

Maskwacis RCMP are investigating a home fire after finding a man dead in a house on the Samson Cree Nation.

Police and the Maskwacis Fire Department attended the scene of a home fire on May 29 at 4:40 a.m. where the fire was eventually extinguished and the man was found lifeless. An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for this week.

Ponoka RCMP and the Integrated Traffic Unit received 65 calls for service last week.

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