Busy week for Olds RCMP
They dealt with everything from armed robberies to vehicle thefts
Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 06:00 am
Olds RCMP had a busy week, responding to 98 calls for service.
That included an armed robbery – the second in about five days -- one assault with a weapon, one assault, one break-in to a business, and seven thefts from vehicles.
One attempted armed robbery, which occurred Thursday, Feb. 4 at about 9:45 p.m. at Our Flames Lounge, and an armed robbery at Panago Pizza on Jan. 30, are reported elsewhere in today’s Albertan.
Olds RCMP are providing more details on the Easyhome break-in, which occurred Feb. 1 and was initially reported in the Feb. 2 edition of the Albertan.
At about 5:30 a.m., a grey four-door jeep backed up to the doors of the store, located in the Cornerstone development.
Surveillance footage indicates thieves backed up twice before smashing and twisting the front doors enough that they could get inside and commit the thefts.
Two males are then seen taking laptop computers and tablets. Both subjects appear to be approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, of slender build, and had their heads covered. The suspects fled east on Highway 27.
Two break-ins occurred in local homes.
One occurred in Olds. A home on 61 Avenue was entered while it was unoccupied between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thieves got into the home through a basement window.
Two laptops, a tablet and three cellphones were stolen.
A second residential break-in occurred in Bowden.
Police say “unknown items” were taken and minor damage occurred to the home so thieves could get inside.
Residents of the home were not there at the time.
On Feb. 1 at about 1:50 a.m., Olds RCMP officers were dispatched to Vermont Close where a person was seen looking at vehicles and houses in the area.
Patrols located a suspect vehicle, a Blue 2006 Chevrolet Silverado operated by a 23-year-old Calgary man.
“He was unable to provide a rationale to officers as to why he was in the area,” a news release says. “Continued investigation revealed the suspect had obtained garage door openers from unlocked vehicles.”
Charges have been laid. However, the investigation continues to determine if the suspect is involved in other crimes in the area.
On Friday, Feb. 5, a van was reported stolen in Bowden.
Patrols for the vehicle and a report of suspicious activity near the arena in Olds led police to a suspect.
A suspect was arrested early Saturday morning (Feb. 6).
A male youth suspect is in custody pending additional investigation and a judicial interim release hearing.
Olds RCMP responded to theft of three pickup trucks (two in Olds, one in Bowden) and theft of one RV in Bowden.
Police are encouraging the public to secure their vehicles, residences and outbuildings when not occupied.
“These are preventable crimes and the public can protect themselves by removing keys, garage door openers and valuables from their vehicles,” RCMP say.