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Thieves steal empty ATM with U-haul

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Strathmore RCMP seeking assistance identifying suspects in ATM theft in Lyalta, Alta.

On Feb. 17, 2020, at 9 a.m., Strathmore RCMP received a call of an ATM theft that had occurred sometime overnight at the Mercantile at Muirfield located in Lyalta, Alta.

Preliminary investigation indicates a Ford pick-up truck was used to back into the storefront of the business to steal the ATM. It is noteworthy that the ATM did not have any cash inside due to business practices. As the business was closed at the time of this break-in, no one was injured; however, the break-in caused extensive damages in excess of $15,000.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a Ford pick-up truck and would have sustained damage to the rear of the vehicle and both side mirrors were broken off.

Surveillance photos of the suspects and the suspect vehicle are attached.

Strathmore RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to identify those responsible. If you have information about this incident, please contact the Strathmore RCMP at 403-934-3968 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.

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Man charged with second-degree murder after body found in Red Deer home: RCMP

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RED DEER, Alta. — RCMP in central Alberta say they have arrested and charged a man after a 66-year-old was found dead inside a home.

Mounties in Red Deer, Alta., say officers responded to a report of a homicide Wednesday, when they found the deceased person.

Investigators did not name the victim and did not say whether the 66-year-old was a man or woman.

Police say they have charged a 27-year-old man from Red Deer with second-degree murder.

RCMP say the accused and the victim knew each other.

They say the accused was remanded into custody with his next court appearance scheduled for Tuesday in Red Deer Provincial Court.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 31, 2021.

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More than $4M in illegal drugs seized during EDGE investigation

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News release from Edmonton Police Service

A nine month EPS investigation has culminated with the arrest of four males and the seizure of an estimated $4.3M in drugs and buffing agents.

“This investigation and the corresponding results are the culmination of nine months of commitment by our members to keep a significant amount of illegal drugs off Edmonton streets,” said Staff Sgt. David Paton, of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE). “The continued reduction of harm to our community is our number-one objective.”

Responding to intelligence received in the spring of 2021, the EPS Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE) began investigating several individuals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade throughout the city.

Working in conjunction with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), EDGE members successfully arranged several undercover drug buys with four suspects over the last six months.

In October, investigators identified two addresses of interest; the first being the residence of the primary suspect, David Vidal, 31, near 208 Street and 61 Avenue with the second being an alleged drug stash pad on Secord Boulevard.

Police seized significant amounts of drugs and weapons at the culmination of this investigation including:

  • Methamphetamine – 5,784.5 g (est. street value of more than $206,000)
  • Cocaine – 11,374 g(est. street value of more than $607,000)
  • Other drugs – 4,591 tablets (cocaine or Fentanyl-based); 25.7 g Ketamine (est. street value $1,028)
  • Buffering agent – 897.85 kg (est. street value $3,500,000.00)
  • Firearms & ammunition – 12 gauge shotgun, .300 win mag rifle, 800 rounds of ammo
  • Other weapons: 2 tasers, brass knuckles, 2 butterfly knives, 2 sets of brass knuckles
  • Cash: Approximately $21,000
  • Vehicle: 2018 Kia Sorrento

Investigators have since arrested and charged:

David Vidal, 31, of Edmonton: 19 offences including drug trafficking and possession, firearms and weapon-related offences, child endangerment, proceeds of crime and resisting arrest.

Nathaniel Cloney, 39, of Edmonton: 6 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime.

Matthew Lunty, 33, of Edmonton: 6 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime.

Abraham Chavez, 37, of El Salvador: 4 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime; a warrant for his arrest has also been issued.

Anyone with any information about this or any other crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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