Suspicious activity around ice shacks investigated

RCMP were patrolling along Lakeshore Drive when they witnessed a male sitting in his truck outside Chef Francisco Pub and Grill.

Sunday, Jan. 13th

3:00 a.m. – RCMP were patrolling along Lakeshore Drive when they witnessed a male sitting in his truck outside Chef Francisco Pub and Grill. Members began to follow the truck as it departed from the area and caught up with it on Hillman Way in Sylvan Lake where the driver had collided with parked vehicles at that location. They found the male driver to be intoxicated and arrested him at the scene. He is currently facing charges of impaired driving.

4:43 a.m. – Police were called to the Broadway Rise condo complex in Sylvan Lake after residents heard a male trying to break into the emergency exit door. The male had been thumping on the door and screaming for about half an hour as his friends, all intoxicated, left him on the roof of the building and went back to their unit. Members were forced to use bolt cutters and a pry bar to get the door open. The male, who was barely clothed, was lodged in cells and was released when sober. He also received a trespassing fine.

6:20 p.m. – A complaint of suspicious activity resulted in a patrol made by RCMP near the Sylvan Lake ice shacks. A witness reported the occupants of three vehicles stunting on the lake and looking into and around some ice shacks. The vehicles left the scene before members arrived. Anyone with information on suspicious activity around the lake and ice shacks is encouraged to contact RCMP and to obtain licence plate information on suspicious vehicles, if at all possible.

Monday, Jan. 14th

5:04 a.m. – A resident of Lakeway Boulevard called police after she was awakened by noises outside her residence. She went out onto her deck, yelled out, and saw two males running into the back alley area in separate directions. Police followed the tracks which were eventually lost in various footprints in the snow. Nothing was stolen from the property as it is believed the resident scared off the culprits before they could steal anything.

Wednesday, Jan. 16th

9:48 a.m. – An investigation is underway after a break, enter and theft at the Monkey Top Saloon in Bentley. The establishment was entered through the front door with what appears to be a crowbar. The suspect fled the area in a vehicle after stealing various bottles of liquor.

Thursday, Jan. 17th

6:47 p.m. – A motorist contacted RCMP after a male was seen on Highway 11 near Benalto walking along the white line in dark clothing. The complainant was concerned the male would be hit by an oncoming vehicle as he was very difficult to see on the highway. Police made a patrol and found the male on the highway. He was sober and advised that he was walking from Eckville to Red Deer as he had no money. Police transported him to Red Deer to ensure his safety.