Rimbey RCMP need help identifying vandals

Plus, GPS in stolen vehicle helps locate it and the suspect in Red Deer

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RCMP are asking for assistance in identifying individuals who may be involved in vandalism in Rimbey recently.

Police say they received complaints that the letters “SM” were spray painted with black paint on vehicle windows, the sides of businesses, and street signs around Rimbey.

“Thankfully some of the businesses that were vandalized are able to provide some surveillance to aid in the investigation, so hopefully this issue can be quickly resolved,” say Rimbey RCMP.

Stolen vehicle tracked via GPS

A stolen vehicle was located thanks to GPS enabled on it.

Police say on March 13, the owner said the vehicle was stolen from a residence.

“The vehicle was running with the keys inside at the time of the theft. The registered owner informed a Rimbey officer that the vehicle could be tracked via GPS,” say police.

Officers were able to track the vehicle all the way to a convenience store in Red Deer and the ignition was disabled.

“The suspect quickly learned that any plans he had to drive the vehicle any further were foiled,” say police.

“The suspect was soon met with bigger problems than a car that would not start – Red Deer RCMP were waiting for him outside the convenience store. For his valiant efforts, the suspect was awarded a trip to the Red Deer RCMP Detachment and as a bonus, was charged with possession of stolen property and will get to attend court at a later date.”

If you have information on this or any other crime, contact your local RCMP Detachment at 403-843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted online at www.P3tips.com, or you can download the P3 Tips app for Android or Apple on your smart phone. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash award.

Last week Rimbey RCMP responded to 43 calls for service. These calls include but are not limited to: three complaints of suspicious vehicles; six break and enter reports; nine vehicle thefts; and four reports of theft from motor vehicles.

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