Elderly rural resident victim of telephone credit card fraud

A 30-year-old Ponoka male is facing charges of impaired driving and possession of marijuana in relation to a traffic stop

Saturday, June 1st

12:01 a.m. – A 30-year-old Ponoka male is facing charges of impaired driving and possession of marijuana in relation to a traffic stop on Highway 20 in Sylvan Lake. Two males on motorcycles exited Cities Gastro Pub and progressed from 47th Avenue onto Highway 20 where police observed them speeding and driving erratically. One of the males was stopped and was given a breathalyzer which resulted in impaired driving charges. A search of his person also resulted in the recovery of a quantity of marijuana.

2:31 a.m. – A complaint was dispatched of a fight outside Open Range Saloon on Sylvan Drive in Sylvan Lake. Three to four people were involved in an altercation and one male was taken into custody for causing a disturbance. Witnesses advised that two friends began an argument which became physical. One male left the scene on foot and the other male was lodged in cells until sober.

2:49 a.m. – RCMP were called to a residence on Ryders Ridge Boulevard in Sylvan Lake after a male was reportedly found passed out beside a fire hydrant. The male was not moving and was checked by members who had to lift him into the police vehicle due to his level of intoxication. He was housed in cells until sober.

4:14 p.m. – An elderly Red Deer County woman reported an incident of telephone fraud to police after she received a call from another female offering a low interest rate of six per cent on her credit card. The victim gave her current credit card number to the caller and then immediately contacted her credit card company to cancel the card after she was informed that it was fraud. RCMP are reminding people to never give out any personal or financial information over the phone as telephone fraud is extremely prevalent.

Wednesday, June 5th

5:56 p.m. – Police received a complaint of theft of patio furniture from a residence on 35 Street in Sylvan Lake. The homeowners returned home to realize that someone had entered their property and removed furniture from in front of the home. A wrought iron table and four chairs were stolen. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the furniture is asked to contact Sylvan Lake RCMP.

9:47 p.m. – A 33-year-old Sylvan Lake male is facing a charge of assault after RCMP were called to a domestic dispute on Herder Drive in Sylvan Lake. Dispatch received a 911 call from a female who advised that she was being assaulted by her spouse. The phone was disconnected shortly afterward and police arrived to find a 39-year-old female suffering from injury to the left side of her head. Two young children were present in the home but were not injured. Alcohol was a factor.

Thursday, June 6th

9:39 p.m. – RCMP were called to a residence on Hallgren Drive in Sylvan Lake after reports of a disturbance outside the location. A 24-year-old male was arrested after he used a bat to smash windows at the residence. The homeowner was known to the male and did not want to press charges for the damage. The accused was arrested at the scene for an outstanding warrant and released to appear in court.

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