Hanna RCMP hands full with break-in in­ves­ti­ga­tions

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL CRIME - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Hanna RCMP are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two re­cent break and en­ters. Po­lice are seek­ing the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing the per­sons re­spon­si­ble for a break and en­ter that oc­curred on Jan­uary 18, 2017. Some­time be­tween the hours of 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Jan­uary 18, sus­pects broke into a build­ing in the Hanna district. Once inside, they took four 7.62 x 39 cal­i­bre SKS semi-au­to­matic ri­fles, a Hi­point 40 cal­i­bre semi-au­to­matic ri­fle, a Benelli Su­per Sport 20 gauge shot­gun, a 308 cal­i­bre Nor­inco M14 semi-au­to­matic ri­fle, a 22 cal­i­bre STG Sch­meisser semi-au­to­matic ri­fle, a green “Stack-On” gun cabi­net and as­sorted am­mu­ni­tion and liquor.

Se­cu­rity cam­eras cap­tured im­ages of the sus­pects and the ve­hi­cle they were driv­ing. One sus­pect is be­lieved to be fe­male with a slight build, short (ap­prox­i­mately 5’) wear­ing black cloth­ing and face­mask. This sus­pect was wear­ing very dis­tinct black and red gloves.

The se­cond sus­pect is be­lieved to be male, ap­prox­i­mately 6’ tall with a medium to heavy build. He was wear­ing dark cloth­ing and face­mask and dis­tinct black and red gloves.

The ve­hi­cle used in the of­fence was an older model ex­tended cab Dodge Ram (2002 to 2008). The truck has pin­strip­ing or dam­age on the right side. It also has a box cover (ton­neau cover).

Two days later, po­lice opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a break-in at the Waste Man­age­ment Fa­cil­ity north of Hanna dur­ing the evening of Jan­uary 20, 2017.

Sus­pects cut the lock on the ac­cess gate, en­tered the com- pound and stole 30-60 used au­to­mo­tive bat­ter­ies. When the sus­pect(s) left, they left be­hind a green plas­tic tub with var­i­ous hoses in it and a black milk crate with tools in it. Be­tween Satur­day, Jan­uary 21 and the morn­ing of Mon­day, Jan­uary 23, the sus­pect(s) re­turned and re­trieved the plas­tic tub and milk crate.

An em­ployee was able to take pho­tographs of the plas­tic tub and milk crate prior to the sus­pect(s) re­turn­ing for them.

“We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to us as soon as pos­si­ble,” Says Cpl. Trent Sper­lie, Hanna RCMP. “If you are able to note a li­cence plate or get a photo of a ve­hi­cle and get that to us, it can be a big help to our in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on this crime is asked to call the Hanna RCMP at 403-854-3391. Should you wish 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 on how to do it). You do not have to re­veal your iden­tity to Crime Stop­pers, and if you pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to Crime Stop­pers that leads to an ar­rest(s), the re­cov­ery of stolen prop­erty, and/or a seizure of il­licit drugs, you may be el­i­gi­ble for a cash re­ward.

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