23 April 2018

Athabasca RCMP Arrest Armed Robbery and Armed and Barricaded Suspects

April 21, 2018
Athabasca RCMP Arrest Armed Robbery and Armed and Barricaded Suspects
Athabasca, Alberta - On April 18th, 2018 at approximately 5:40 p.m., Athabasca RCMP were called to attend to an armed robbery and assault on a Athabasca resident. There were three male suspects involved. According to the victim, one male held a sawed off pump action shotgun on the victim while the other two male suspects assaulted the victim and took his wallet and cell phone. The suspects then fled in a stolen brown Dodge truck heading possibly North towards Calling Lake. RCMP members patrolled Calling Lake and rural area, but the suspects were not located.
On April 20th, 2018 at approximately 11:00 a.m., Athabasca RCMP were patrolling South of Athabasca for several calls of a dark blue Dodge truck driving erratically and swerving into oncoming traffic. RCMP located the vehicle and attempted to stop it by using all emergency equipment. The suspect vehicle took off and tried to avoid the police. The suspect vehicle swerved at an oncoming police vehicle just missing the police cruiser. The suspects which were believed to be the same from the armed robbery a few days earlier, started to drive into oncoming traffic and police stopped their attempt at trying to stop the suspects for public safety reasons. RCMP later located the suspect vehicle as it was parked in front of a residence along highway 827 which is well known to police. Athabasca and Boyle RCMP along with the Emergency Response Team and Police Dog Services contained the area as it was believed the suspects were inside and armed. Five people came outside and entered back into the suspect vehicle and drove recklessly out of the yard avoiding police. Suspects drove Northeast of that location and were stopped by a spike belt on range road 214, North of highway 55. The vehicle entered a rural residence with front tire damage and fled from the vehicle into the bush. All five were later located in the bush and arrested without incident. Court dates are pending.
Charged are:
Terris Cardinal(28) from Calling Lake AB, with Armed Robbery plus 9 additional Criminal Code charges.
George Jonathan Bigstone(31) from Calling Lake AB, with Armed Robbery plus 4 additional Criminal Code charges.
James Lameman(24)) from Beaver Lake AB, with Armed Robbery plus 4 additional Criminal Code charges.
Keri Cardinal(20) from Calling Lake AB with possession of a weapon plus 3 additional Criminal Code charges.

Tiffany Webster(21) from Calling Lake AB, with possession of a weapon plus 1 additional Criminal Code charge.

Boyle RCMP Arrest Multiple Individuals on Firearms Charges & Recover Stolen Property

April 18 2018
Boyle RCMP Arrest Multiple Individuals on Firearms Charges & Recover Stolen Property
Boyle, Alberta – On April 12 2018, Boyle RCMP were advised of a firearms complaint at an address within Athabasca County, Alberta.
Police learned there was a confrontation at a residence which resulted in one male brandishing a firearm at another male, and threatening the male with the firearm. The one male fled the scene and contacted Police. No one was harmed. Police conducted a complete and thorough investigation which resulted in multiple individual’s beings arrested and charged.
On April 17 2018, Boyle RCMP with assistance from the Eastern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit (EADCRU) executed a search warrant on the residence.
Peter Hamelin, 33-year-old and Trevor Germain, 40-year-old both from Lac La Biche, Alberta have been charged with:
·         Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
·         Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
·         Tampering with a Serial Number - Firearm (x2) 
Hamelin is also facing additional an additional charge of Possession of a Firearm While Prohibited. Germain is also facing an additional charge of Breach of Probation Order.
Jonathan Jutras, 37-year-old male from Athabasca, Alberta has been charged with:
·         Extortion Using a Firearm
·         Careless Use of a Firearm
·         Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
·         Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
·         Pointing a Firearm
·         Assault
·         Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
·         Breach of Recognizance (x3)
“The search warrant that was executed is a great example of an intelligence-led investigation where stolen property and prohibited firearms were recovered.” says Constable Andrew Deme of the Boyle RCMP. “We will continue to focus on K Divisions initiative on crime reduction and target those repeat property crime offenders.”.
Hamelin and Germain were remanded into custody and are scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on Tuesday, April 24 2018 at 10:00 AM in Boyle.

Jutras was also remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on Thursday, April 19 2018 at 10:00 AM in Fort Saskatchewan. 

Damage to Boyle Car Wash

Fan out on behalf of Boyle RCMP Detachment:
On 2017/04/15, the truck in the attached picture caused significant damage to the car wash in Boyle - the plate appears to be stolen; although, it has not been reported as stolen and we have been unable to contact the previous registered owner.
Hoping you can advise your members to be on the look out for this truck bearing AB marker NCR 425.

Again, the plate and truck are likely stolen so as always, if located, do not approach.

If you have information about this incident, please call the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4520 or call your local police. 
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 (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

16 April 2018


April 10, 2018

Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) Conference

The following is a brief update regarding the rural crime discussions at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) conference (now known as the Rural Municipalities of Alberta – RMA).

RCMP Plenary Address to the conference

New K-Division commander has visited 40 of the 114 (?) communities thus far. Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean was appointed in March 2017.  He spoke to rural crime and strategies of action RCMP will be taking:

  1. Pockets of Crime Reduction via CR Teams (4 districts)
-          There will be boarders for these districts
-          Cannot keep arresting our way of this problem
-          Partnering with core agencies to break the cycle
-          Individual will get identified – “we know who they are”
-          RCMP work will be supported by a robust intelligence community
-          Rural Crime Watch and Citizens on Patrol will have agreements with RCMP
-          Work together to get the needed intelligence including Sheriffs/Wildlife officers etc.
  1. Freeing up officers to be on the road
-          Free up from data input
-          Data to be done by “Pro’s Data Centre” (civilians) thus freeing up officers
  1. Better Manage calls for service
-          Thereby allowing officers to be on the front line
  1. Dialogue with Government of Alberta
-          Funding provided of $8 million to support district teams, Pro’s Data Centre support and other initiatives to free up officers to do front line work.
  1. Recruiting
-          Need to do a better job
-          Will be working with First Nations Communities on this as well

Above plan has the support of RCMP, Gov’t of AB, rural communities.

Emphasized need help in achieving – need eyes and ears of Rural Crime watch, other orgs. And the public to gather data which will allow RCMP to direct resources.
Some of the initial initiatives are underway and already starting to see results.

Assistant Deputy Minister of Solicitor General spoke to AAMDC:

Message loud and clear about rural crime.  He outlined work being done by dept. and with the federal gov’t to improve over time:
  1. Federal minister announced $327,000,000 over the next number of years to address “guns/gangs” – serious concern related to rural crime.  Further discussions will be happening in April/May to make final decision on projects.
  2. Government of AB – 6-7-point plan forward with Feds (for example – crime prevent (catch kids early via education) – better exit strategies (for kids in the system) – Enforcement that will compliment RCMP strategy – AB Law Enforcement response teams – researched (inform/lead).
  3. Can’t continue “catch and release” complex issues to deal with
  4. Integrated Offender Management Initiative – a wraparound of services for the offender for the right outcomes
  5. Crown Prosecutors – add as well as provide the right info to them to do their job
  6. Restorative Justice – piloted in Calgary – more positive intervention – initial data gathered is compelling – 97% reported satisfaction with the service – potential for the future
  7. Police Advisory Committees – helping with professionalism/accountability/police mental health/client mental health (addressing and training)/sexual assault investigations (approx. 30,000 files being reviewed quality of investigations and training of investigators/interagency environment development/guidelines for across province.
  8. Sol Gen is putting in a lot of work in the department/working with RCMP to address rural crime/plan very detailed/results orientated
  9. Minister has not provided any direction to open the provincial funding model agreement.
  10. Spoke to enhanced positions
  11. Spoke to RCMP communication with Rural Crime Watch and other stakeholders – there will be “point persons” (intel officers) who will be a point of contact for Rural Crime Watches and other stakeholders/will be reaching out to RCW’s

Both presenters were very clear that the message about rural crime has been received and both are working to address.

Two resolutions you will be interested in that passed at the AAMDC convention:  2-18S: Combatting Rural Crime; 3-18S: Increase Crown Prosecutor Staffing Levels for Rural Municipalities; 12-18S:  Victim Services Units Funding.
These can be viewed on line at:  www.aamdc.com/convention/64-resolutions

It is very encouraging to hear from both speakers.  There are plans in place, funding to support and staffing supports.  Both noted early strategies are starting to see results.  AAMDC will provide an updated to resolutions and work with the Sol. Gen. and RCMP to continue to address rural crime in Alberta.

Sturgeon County Protective Services Statistics

Here are some of the stats for the last three months from Sturgeon County Protective Services (Enforcement Services)

                            Request for service      Violation Tickets   Traffic Warnings         
December                          119                              77                          21
January                              296                            175                         105
February                            240                              98                          

10 April 2018

Theft of copper and aluminum

Good day
    A resident on Range Road 255 South Twp 542 has experienced a theft of copper and aluminum. Thieves have made off with about 3000 dollars in scrap metal. RCMP Officer has noticed a influx of this type of crime and would like to remind the public that if they own scrap metal then they should employ a greater degree of crime prevention techniques.
  Please report any and all suspicious activity as the more calls the RCMP get the great intelligence we have which we can use to combat this type of crime.

Morinville RCMP

9 April 2018

Red Flag warnings on fraud and scams

Bonny, thought you might like to pass this around your communities..

Red Flag warnings on fraud and scams
Fraud and scams are not always easy to detect. Please always use caution with the examples noted below..

5 April 2018

Sandy Beach Break and Enter

Complainant attended detachment to report her house was broken into on March 26th, 2018 in Sandy Beach Summer Village. Entry was through a sliding bedroom window. Stolen was Sphynx kitten (value $1100). No video surveillance. No suspects or witnesses.

If you have information about this incident, please call the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4520 or call your local police.  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 (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

4 April 2018

A Tribute Show