RCMP investigating rural thefts
Crime: Homes broken into in Dunbow area
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Friday, Jan 17, 2014 11:18 am
Okotoks RCMP are looking for assistance identifying those responsible for a number of break and enters in homes in the Dunbow area last week.
Okotoks RCMP are investigating several break and enters in homes in the Dunbow Road and Norris Coulee areas on Jan. 8 sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
A number of items were stolen in the break-ins, including a big screen TVs, an Ipad and a laptop computer.
The suspects in the case broke doors and windows to gain entry to the homes and in one case the residents were home when the door was kicked in.
While the suspects in the cases used force to enter the homes, Okotoks RCMP Sgt. Donna Rorison urged people to keep their homes locked and take steps to secure them.
“The days of leaving your doors wide open are gone, that’s the truth, and people need to do the best they can to protect their property,” she said.
RCMP are looking for two men in relation to the thefts. One is described as an African American male, approximately five-feet, five inches tall with a slim build. He was wearing black and white track pants and a black jacket.
The second is described as a Hispanic male, approximately five feet, seven inches tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a red hoodie and red coveralls and has a facial piercing.
The vehicle the suspects were driving has been identified as a burgundy Dodge Magnum.
Mailboxes broken into
RCMP are also investigating theft of mail and damage to mail boxes in rural areas in the foothills.
Numerous large, communal mail boxes in the rural DeWinton area, Blackie and the surrounding area were broken into and rummaged through sometime between Jan. 8 and the early morning hours of Jan. 9. Mail and locks were found lying on the ground near the mailboxes.
Rorison said they’re not sure what types of mail, if any, were taken.
“We know what we got back, we don’t know what was taken,” she said. “There was lots of opened mail and we recovered as much as was in the area.”
Rorison doesn’t know if the mail thefts are related to the Jan. 8 break and enters.
She said credit cards are often mailed out in unmarked envelopes and anyone who was expecting a credit card and didn’t receive it should check with their financial institution.
RCMP are also looking for information that could lead to the recovery of a stolen dirt bike that had been converted for winter use.
The bike was stolen from a rural residence near Okotoks on Dec. 28. It was parked in the driveway and was secured to a trailer at the time. The bike is described as a 2014 model KTM 500XCW dirt bike with a Timbersled Mountainhorse Track Kit.
Rorison said it’s a very distinctive bike with the snow kit on it. The front wheel was replaced with a ski and the rear wheel was replaced with a track for use in snow.
Police are asking anyone who may have any information in relation to these cases to contact the Okotoks RCMP at 403-938-4202 and anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).