Sometime over the weekend of June 19 and 20, unknown suspects spray painted the new skateboard park located near the Chinook Winds Sports Complex.
Culprits used grey and black spray paint to vandalize the skatepark, leaving the tags “W.S.K.” and “Slacker.”
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The Airdrie RCMP are investigating a serious of complaints dealing with a group of criminals targeting local businesses, attempting to scam money from employees in the process of making small purchases.
The “short change scam” is used by suspects to gracefully mislead a cashier by simultaneously carrying out several activities at the same time. While presenting money to make a purchase, the con will ask the cashier for change, and through small talk, the culprit will attempt to distract and confuse the cashier in efforts to collect the original payment plus the change, essentially walking away with more money.
“The RCMP would like to encourage employees handling cash transactions to conduct one transaction at a time in efforts to prevent from being a victim to this crime,” said Airdrie RCMP Cst. Francine Hennelly.
“If a customer asks for change at the time of a purchase, complete the original transaction and treat the request for change as a separate transaction. Business owners should train clerks accordingly to prevent being targeted by these cons.”
On June 26 at about 2:30 a.m., the Airdrie RCMP was dispatched to an alarm at the East Lake IDA Pharmacy, located at 1861 Meadowbrook Drive.
Upon arriving at the business, officers noticed the deadbolt was removed from the front door and merchandize was disturbed inside the store. Police cleared the building, however, the suspect had left the building before police arrived. Security video revealed a lone man dressed in a hoodie and gloves inside the store.
A small amount of prescription medication was taken from a locked cabinet in the pharmacy, the value of which is unknown at this time.
On June 26 at about 4:30 a.m., the Airdrie Rural RCMP came across an attempted break and enter to the IDA Pharmacy, located 2106 Railway Avenue in Crossfield.
While conducting patrols through the area, police noticed the deadbolt was removed from the door of the pharmacy. It is believed that the suspects may have been frightened off prior to entering the property as nothing was stolen from the business. Police feel that this incident may be related to a break and enter, which occurred several hours earlier at the East Lake IDA Pharmacy in Airdrie.
The Airdrie RCMP are investigating a break, enter and theft at a residence on Ravenswood Drive.
Sometime between 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on June 28, suspects kicked in the front door to gain entry into the residence. Once inside, the culprits went through the home and stole a number of personal items including jewelry, money and a laptop computer. The value of the loss is estimated to be more than $5,000.
If you have information on any unsolved crime, phone Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).