Edson RCMP seek information on oilfield equipment thefts
Edson RCMP are seeking information from the public in relation to a number of crimes committed at oil field lease sites across Yellowhead County.
In the previous 30 days, Edson RCMP have received reports of approximately 30 separate sites that have been broken in to or had equipment stolen from in the Edson Detachment area. The offences committed typically include theft and mischief but break and enters have also been reported. Property including 12 volt batteries, copper wire and site glasses are commonly targeted to steal from these sites.
Police are working with companies to deter oil field crime. Property is now being stamped with the company name and serial numbers are being recorded for identification. Copper wire is also being replaced with products such as Copper Hide, which is a bimetallic wire that has little to no scrap value.
“These crimes net very little of value, yet cost the companies upwards of $2,000 per occurrence,” states Constable Elissa Reule, the Oil field crime liaison officer at Edson Detachment. “We are seeking the public’s assistance with any information that may identify the culprits or lead to the recovery of property in these crimes.”
Edson RCMP are continuing to investigate these crimes and are requesting anyone with knowledge that may be of value to these investigations to contact Edson RCMP at (780) 723-8800 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or online at http://www.crimestoppers.ab.ca/ edmonton/.