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UPDATE: Beiseker RCMP Request Public Assistance in Locating Stolen Tractor

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Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Team – Arrest made in theft of tractor, truck from Beiseker

Beiseker, Alberta – Investigators have made an arrest and recovered a tractor and picker truck that were stolen from the Irricana area and Acme earlier this month.

On March 11, Beiseker RCMP received a report of a tractor stolen from a farm near Irricana. Information was received that the tractor may have been transported to Saskatchewan. Beiseker Detachment, Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Team (SACRT) and Southern Alberta Auto Theft combined resources to investigate this matter.

On March 19, a picker truck was taken from an Acme concrete business. Investigators received tips from the public that indicated the same individuals who stole the tractor were also responsible for the theft of this truck. Throughout the next two days, the investigative team progressed the investigation and identified a man from Linden as a suspect.

On March 20, SACRT members located the suspect and recovered the stolen pick up truck in Rosetown Saskatchewan. The stolen tractor was then recovered later that night near the community of Alsask with the cooperation of the suspect.

Both the stolen tractor and truck are being returned to the rightful owners. Charges are pending against a 19-year-old Linden man who has been released on a Promise to appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on May 3. SACRT are also proceeding with charges against a second suspect identified in the case and a warrant for his arrest is expected in the coming days.

“This is a good example of how we can bring investigative support to rural detachments for investigations such as these” Says Brad White, Sergeant in charge of SACRT. “Rural property crimes are tough to solve but sometimes, with the right support from the community and a great team of investigators results like these are possible.”

Rockyview County, Alberta –

 

Beiseker RCMP are asking for tips from the public after a tractor was stolen from a farm near Irricanna over the weekend.

On 2018-03-11, Beiseker RCMP responded to a complaint of a stolen tractor. Between March 3, 2018 and March 10, 2018, unknown persons stole a 2011 T7-235 New Holland Tractor by loading it onto a flat deck trailer and hauling it away. At the time of the theft, the tractor was outfitted with a 860 TI loader.

Here is a photo of a similar tractor.

Beieseker RCMP are asking anyone with information on this crime to contact the Beiseker RCMP at 403-947-3420.

If you if you want 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).  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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Protecting the right to vote for Canadian citizens: Minister McIver

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Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver issued the following statement in response to Calgary City Council’s vote to extend the right to vote to permanent residents:

“Yesterday, Calgary city council passed a motion advocating for permanent residents to be extended the right to vote in civic elections. Alberta’s government has been clear since the beginning: only Canadian citizens are able to vote in civic elections. That will not be changing.

“The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms affirms the right of every Canadian citizen to vote and to run as a candidate. This right extends to voters in municipal, provincial and federal elections.

“Protecting our democracy is of the utmost importance. Our provincial election legislation, like the Local Authorities Elections Act, has also been clear since its inception that voting is a right of Canadian citizens.

“Alberta’s government is also ensuring that voting is accessible for more Albertans. The Municipal Affairs Statutes Amendment Act proposes to enable special ballot access for any voter who requests it, without having to provide any specific reason such as physical disability, absence from the municipality or working for the municipal election. The ministries of Seniors, Community and Social Services and Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction are also making it easier for individuals to obtain the identification Albertans need for a variety of services, including the ability to cast a ballot.

“Our government will continue to protect the integrity of our elections and make sure voting is accessible for all Albertans who are Canadian citizens.”

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Three Calgary massage parlours linked to human trafficking investigation

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News release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

ALERT’s Human Trafficking unit has searched and closed three Calgary massage parlours. A year-long investigation has linked the businesses and its owner to suspected human trafficking.

ALERT arrested Hai (Anna) Yan Ye on April 16, 2024 and charged the 48-year-old with advertising sexual services, drug offences and firearms offences. The investigation remains ongoing and further charges are being contemplated.

Ye was linked to three commercial properties and two homes that were allegedly being used for illegal sexual activities and services. The massage parlours were closed following search warrant executions carried out by ALERT, the Calgary Police Service, and the RCMP:

  • Seagull Massage at 1034 8 Avenue SW;
  • 128 Massage at 1935 37 Street SW; and
  • The One Massage Centre at 1919 31 Street SE.
  • 1100-block of Hidden Valley Drive; and
  • 3100-block of 12 Avenue SW.

As result of the search warrants, ALERT also seized:

  • $15,000 in suspected proceeds of crime;
  • Shotgun with ammunition; and
  • Various amounts of drugs.

“We believe that these were immigrants being exploited into the sex trade. This has been a common trend that takes advantage of their unfamiliarity and vulnerability,” said Staff Sergeant Gord MacDonald, ALERT Human Trafficking.

Four suspected victims were identified and provided resources by ALERT’s Safety Network Coordinators.

ALERT’s investigation dates back to February 2023 when a tip was received about suspicious activity taking place at the since-closed Moonlight Massage. That location was closed during the investigation, in December 2023, when the landlord identified illegal suites on the premises.

The investigation involved the close cooperation with City of Calgary Emergency Management and Community Safety, Alberta’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) team, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and the RCMP.

Ye was released from custody on a number of court-imposed conditions.

Anyone with information about this investigation, or any case involving suspected human trafficking offences, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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