Police investigating mailbox vandalism in Red Deer County

A complaint of internal theft at Walmart has resulted in a charge being laid against a 17-year-old Sylvan Lake male.

January 24

5:42 p.m. – A complaint of internal theft at Walmart has resulted in a charge being laid against a 17-year-old Sylvan Lake male. RCMP were notified that an employee had been stealing money from the tills over a period of time. The male was questioned and further investigation has resulted in a charge of theft under $5,000 against the accused.

8:26 p.m. – A disturbance at a residence on Old Boomer Road in Sylvan Lake resulted in RCMP attendance. Police were told by a witness that an intoxicated male had arrived uninvited and entered the residence. The suspect then proceeded to assault a 25-year-old male in the residence. The female and another male attempted to break up the altercation, at which time the suspect assaulted the victim again and left on foot damaging a door in the residence. The suspect, a 25-year-old male from Red Deer, was located a short time later in Sylvan Lake and is charged with assault; mischief under $5,000; and being unlawfully in a dwelling house.

January 25

2:30 a.m. – A RCMP member on patrol on Highway 20 southbound observed a vehicle being driven erratically by a male in a truck traveling in the opposite direction. The officer activated his emergency lights and followed the male to a hotel parking lot. The male exited the vehicle trying to avoid police, at which time he was stopped and asked for his vehicle documentation. The male exhibited obvious signs of impairment. A 25-year-old B.C. male was subsequently charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level over .08.

January 26

10:52 a.m. – RCMP are investigating two incidents of stolen vehicles in Sylvan Lake and in Norglenwold. A minivan was stolen from the Fas Gas on Highway 20 while it was left running as the occupant entered the store. Two males were witnessed stealing the vehicle and heading southbound on Highway 20. The vehicle was later recovered. In a separate incident, a SUV was stolen outside a residence in Norglenwold. The owner reported that the vehicle was unlocked with the keys left inside. The vehicle was found a short time later by the owner in a nearby neighbourhood.

8:28 p.m. – An assault on a taxi driver has resulted in a charge against a 50-year-old female. Police were contacted after a female taxi driver reported that an intoxicated female had opened the door to her cab, verbally assaulted her and struck her hard twice on the chest. The victim then locked the accused out of her vehicle. Police were notified and arrested the Sylvan Lake resident a short time later. She was formally charged with assault.

January 27

2:06 p.m. – RCMP received a 911 call of several mailboxes being vandalized along Range Road 13 in Red Deer County. A witness reported seeing a black Ford Ranger truck in the vicinity and a male was seen damaging the mail boxes with a baseball bat. An investigation into the matter is continuing.

January 28

10:36 p.m.  – A 911 call was received of a suspicious vehicle parked near a farm property off Township Road 385. Some males were witnessed walking into a farm yard. RCMP arrived on scene within minutes but no suspects or vehicles were located.

January 29

10:39 a.m. – RCMP received a vandalism complaint at an oil site off Range Road 20 in Lacombe County. A valve on an oil tank was opened with condensate spilling onto the ground, resulting in $30,000 of lost product. An environmental crew was called to clean up the damage, resulting in a total of half a million dollars in costs. An investigation is ongoing.

4:09 p.m. – A report of a male in distress resulted in police attendance. A complainant reported that a male was hanging out of his parked vehicle’s window and appeared to be attempting to flag down passing vehicles near Kuusamo on Highway 11 near Range Road 22 in Red Deer County. RCMP questioned the male and determined that he was a suspended driver. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a quantity of cocaine. A 21-year-old male, a resident of Rocky Mountain House, is charged with possession of cocaine and driving while unauthorized.

9:32 p.m. – RCMP responded to a report of an intoxicated female at the Dairy Queen in Sylvan Lake. A witness reported that a female appeared to be having problems using the pop machine while inside the restaurant and was concerned for her welfare. Officers located the female who became belligerent with police. She was placed under arrest for being intoxicated in public and causing a disturbance. She was transported to cells where she remained until sober.