Rimbey RCMP are looking into the theft of a pickup while a young girl was still inside.
Police say the incident occurred March 11 at 10 p.m. when the father drove to a store in Rimbey. He went into the store with one child but his 10-year-old daughter was still in the vehicle with the truck idling.
Surveillance video shows a black SUV arrive and a male suspect, with a red bandana over his face, exited the SUV and subsequently entered the idling truck and drove away.
The suspect abandoned the truck approximately 500 metres away, say police, who was then picked up by his accomplice. The vehicle drove northbound on Highway 20 towards Winfield.
Fortunately, the young girl was not harmed in this incident and the truck was not driven very far.
The Rimbey RCMP ask the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals responsible for the attempted theft of the truck. Describing the suspect, police say the man was the passenger in a black SUV, wearing a red bandana and had a beard.
RCMP suggest ways to combat incidents of vehicle theft
Citizens can work together to combat thefts from motor vehicles, and thefts of motor vehicles, by ensuring they are locked and valuables are removed or out of sight. Never keep spare keys or firearms stored in a vehicle or keep a vehicle running while unattended.
If you have information about this investigation, please call the Rimbey RCMP at 403-843-2224, or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.