Collisions, fraud, identity theft keep RCMP hopping

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During the week of Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2020, the Slave Lake RCMP received 111 calls to service.

Of these calls, traffic collisions, frauds, and identity theft were the most prevalent.

The following are a sample of some of these calls:

On Jan. 27, RCMP received a report of a stolen credit card. Members were able to identify the location the credit card was used and obtained video footage of the offence being committed.

Two males were arrested for possession of property obtained by crime and fraud under $5,000 and are scheduled to appear in court in March of this year.

Also on Jan. 27, RCMP received a report of a break and enter into a residence. Members attended and were told a man had entered the victim’s home and assaulted him.

The accused was located and arrested. He was released on conditions and is scheduled to appear in court in March 2020.

On Jan. 28, a report came in alleging that a vehicle was taken without the consent of the owner.

Police conducted an investigation and determined the vehicle was taken by the complainant’s son.

The complainant declined to proceed with charges. The vehicle was found in Edmonton.

On the first day of the new month, RCMP received a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 2, 10 kilometres east of Slave Lake.

Members attended and determined that one of the vehicles crossed the centerline, striking an oncoming vehicle.

The vehicles were both towed, and one of the drivers sustained minor injuries. No charges were issued.

Increased reports of identity fraud
During the week, Slave Lake RCMP received a higher than usual number of reports regarding identity theft and fraud.

The RCMP would like to remind all citizens that personal mail with sensitive data should not be disposed of in the garbage.

Mail with personal data should be shedded, burned or otherwise destroyed.

If you have been the victim of identity theft, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center and Equifax.

Motor vehicle – stolen and recovered
Slave Lake RCMP is seeking public assistance for any information regarding the theft of a stolen vehicle.

On January 28th, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., a red Ford F350 was stolen from the Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre.

The vehicle is described as a red Ford F350 pickup truck, with licence BSL6637. It has a red slip tank in the back and a red metal toolbox.

The vehicle was found approximately 20 kilometres from town on January 29th, 2020.

The RCMP continues to investigate this matter and would like to identify the person or person who stole the truck.

Anyone with information to assist with the investigation, please contact the Slave Lake RCMP at 780-849-3999 or your local police detachment.

If you see something suspicious, report it to your local police. If you see a crime in progress, call 911.

If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.p3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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