Ed­son RCMP seek in­for­ma­tion on oil­field equip­ment thefts

The McLeod River Post - - News - Spe­cial to the Post

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/.

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