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RCMP campaign finds Red Deer drivers perform dismally … Are you inviting thieves to take your vehicle?

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  • From Red Deer RCMP

    Red Deer RCMP and Citizens on Patrol Lock it or Lose It campaign reminds drivers to secure their items 

    On March 15, Red Deer RCMP Members, Community Police Officers, and Red Deer Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers from Red Deer and Ponoka conducted Lock it or Lose It inspections at two locations in Red Deer.

    During the campaign, vehicles at Westerner Park and Carnival Cinemas were inspected. Volunteers did not try doors or touch vehicles, other than to leave a report card at the vehicle, flagging temptations that might encourage a thief to break into the vehicle or try to steal it. Results from the day were not encouraging.

    At Westerner Park, 194 vehicles were inspected and only 9.3 per cent of vehicles received a thumbs up.  Volunteers found personal documents, mail, retail items and garage door openers in plain sight. Further, three trucks had tools, tool boxes or valuable items in the box of the truck.

    At Carnival Cinemas, 105 vehicles were inspected with 35 per cent of vehicles receiving a thumbs up.  Again, volunteers found many items in plain sight, including cell phones, keys, bags and purses, work identification and garage door openers.

    RCMP flag visible garage door openers as a temptation because thieves will smash vehicle windows in order to steal garage door openers, which they can then use to access the garage – and the residence itself, if a connecting door is left unlocked.

    “We run the Lock it or Lose It campaign multiple times a year and we continue to see the same results, which is disappointing,” said Constable Sean Morris with the Red Deer RCMP. “Many smash and grab crimes are preventable, and we’re asking citizens to protect themselves by taking the extra few seconds to secure their valuables so as to not tempt would-be thieves.”

    Volunteers also attended the Red Deer Rebels game on March 15 to speak to citizens about auto theft awareness. Drivers were given “All Valuables Removed” window makers, with the purpose of notifying potential criminals that the owner has removed anything of value from the vehicle, in hope to deter auto theft.

    During Lock it or Lose it checks, vehicle owners also get reminders about expired or soon-to-expire registration, and volunteers flag issues such as cracked windshields or a note that the vehicle appeared to have been left unlocked.

    The Lock it or Lose it campaign is part of ongoing crime reduction work by Red Deer RCMP and local crime prevention agencies to educate Red Deerians.


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    Attempted murder suspect with notable facial tattoos wanted by police. Do not approach!

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  • From RCMP Serious Crimes Branch North

    RCMP Serious Crimes Branch seek public assistance to locate wanted person

    RCMP Serious Crimes Branch North is seeking information to locate a male suspect wanted for attempted murder.

    On March 13, 2019, Tofield RCMP responded to a complaint of a male suffering from a gunshot wound in a rural area near Highway 626. The adult male victim was treated for his injuries. As a result of the investigation, RCMP and Edmonton Police Service were able to locate two of the three suspects.

    Tony Marie Boyd-Watt (20) of Edmonton has been charged with pointing a firearm and property related offences and was released by a Justice on conditions. Rylie David Jason Homeniuk (21) of Edmonton was charged with attempted murder, along with persons, property, and firearms related offences and was remanded into custody.

    Cody Cameron Nicholls (19) of Edmonton is wanted for attempted murder and is currently at large.

    Nicholls is described as follows:

    –          White male

    –          5’4” tall, 170 lbs.

    –          Brown hair, blue eyes

    –          Cross tattoo between eye brows, star tattoo below right eye, ‘99’ tattoo below left eye

    If you see Nicholls do not approach. Call 9-1-1 immediately. If you have information on the whereabouts of Cody Cameron Nicholls please contact the Tofield RCMP at 780-662-3352 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.EE


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    Crime Beat Podcast episode 4 – Shannon Madill’s Last Audition

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  • From Curiouscast

    Curiouscast is a new podcast network from Corus Entertainment and home to The Ongoing History of New Music, Nighttime, Dark Poutine, This is Why, as well as news and talk radio shows from all across Corus Radio. All of our podcasts are completely free and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Tune In or wherever you find your favourite podcasts. New shows are launching all the time so make sure to check back often and enjoy Curiouscast.

    People know their hometowns by streets, a favorite restaurant or the local mall. Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt knows hers by the crime scenes she’s been to.

    Journey deep inside some of Canada’s most high-profile criminal cases. Each episode will take you inside the story to give you details you didn’t hear on the news.

    Nancy Hixt – host of Crime Beat Podcast

    The podcast is hosted by Nancy Hixt, a former RDTV reporter in Red Deer, and for the past 2 decades, crime reporter with Global TV Calgary.

    In the fourth episode of the Global News podcast  Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells a story of an aspiring actress who mysteriously disappeared from Calgary in November 2014.

    In Shannon Madill’s Last Audition a murderer’s confession during a police interview is made public for the first time.

    If you enjoy Crime Beat, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and share the show with your friends.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca


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