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Police Notebook: RCMP Traffic Services pancake breakfast a success

On the morning of July 12, the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Services held the inaugural pancake breakfast at the Airdrie detachment for all community partners.
Order up – Airdrie RCMP officer Cst. Eric Morin serves up breakfast to Cpl. Darrin Turnbull, who is in charge of the Airdrie Traffic Unit, while former Alberta Highway
Order up – Airdrie RCMP officer Cst. Eric Morin serves up breakfast to Cpl. Darrin Turnbull, who is in charge of the Airdrie Traffic Unit, while former Alberta Highway Services foreman Rick Hays finishes his pancakes during the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Services inaugural pancake breakfast on July12.

On the morning of July 12, the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Services held the inaugural pancake breakfast at the Airdrie detachment for all community partners.

The breakfast, served up by local RCMP Traffic Service members and Alberta Sheriffs, was enjoyed by employees of local tow companies, Alberta Highway Services, local detachment members, Airdrie Municipal Enforcement and Airdrie Emergency Services.

Airdrie Integrated Traffic Services would like to thank everyone for attending and making the breakfast a huge success.

On the morning of July 12, the Airdrie RCMP was advised of several thefts that occurred in Coopers Crossing.

At about 1:30 a.m., a witness saw a male youth dressed in a light coloured hoodie approach a parked vehicle on Coopers Circle. The witness watched the youth leave the area. He returned moments later with another boy.

Together the youths approached the vehicle, setting off the alarm system. Both fled from the scene on foot.

“It is believed that prior to setting off the alarm, the suspects gained entry into a different unlocked parked vehicle, removing valuables, including a wallet and a cell phone case,” said Airdrie RCMP Cst. Francine Hennelly.

“As the suspects fled from the alarm, the contents of the wallet was strewn about the neighbourhood with a trail leading up to a third scene - a residence on Coopers Circle, where more contents of the wallet were located. At this residence, a blue Toyota Matrix was stolen from the driveway.”

Hennelly said, in a separate but possibly related incident, a home on Coopers Close was entered while the homeowners were sleeping.

It is believed that access to the home was gained through the garage door, which allowed suspects to get into the home. A laptop computer was stolen from the property.

“Police would like to remind residents to ensure that all valuables are removed from unattended parked motor vehicles and to ensure that all garage doors are secured,” said Hennelly.

“De-activate automatic garage doors overnight and always keep the door leading from the garage to the home locked.”

On July 10 at about 4:25 a.m., Chestermere RCMP officers stopped a white Ford F-250 truck near Chestermere Town Hall.

The truck was displaying a stolen licence plate that did not match the vehicle.

The driver, and only occupant, was arrested without incident for possession of stolen property.

The subsequent investigation revealed the truck had been stolen from a company in Airdrie.

A large number of power tools were found inside the vehicle.

“The driver has no links to Chestermere and claims to be living in Calgary,” said Chestermere RCMP S/Sgt. Glenn Henry.

“He admitted to having a substance abuse problem.”

Kenneth Stewart Hunt, 39, is facing two charges of possession of property obtained by crime, one count of possession of a master key, one charge of possession of a controlled substance and driving while unauthorized.

A Judicial Interim Release hearing was conducted and the accused is being held in custody until he can appear before a judge.

“Chestermere RCMP have added early morning enhanced patrols to detect and reduce theft of motor vehicles and other property crimes,” said Henry.

“This incident is an example of the effectiveness of this program and the dedication of the Chestermere RCMP members.”

On July 12, the Airdrie RCMP was advised of a break and enter at a residence located on Canoe Circle.

Sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., while the residents of the home were sleeping, suspects entered the property through the locked garage door, gaining access from the garage into the home.

Suspects went through the home, stealing personal items, including wallets, a laptop computer and keys to several vehicles.

The culprits then moved a truck parked in the driveway, which allowed them to remove a 2006 Black Mustang GT Convertible that was parked inside the garage.

The stolen vehicle, with Alberta license plate DLJ809, was used to flee the scene. The value of the loss is estimated to be more than $5,000.

A fugitive who has been on the run since September was apprehended on July 6.

Members of the Integrated Fugitive Apprehension Unit located and arrested Darren James Fagan, who left a Calgary correctional facility on Sept. 5 where he was serving a sentence for several break and enter charges.

Fagan had Calgary warrants for being unlawfully at large and failing to comply. He has three RCMP warrants out of Airdrie for thefts.

The Integrated Fugitive Apprehension Unit located Fagan in Calgary; he was taken into custody without incident.

Sometime between July 2 at 6 p.m. and July 3 at 11 a.m., unknown persons attended Fraserway RV Rentals at 536 Kingsview Way, causing damage to three trailers and stealing televisions from six trailers.

The loss is estimated to be more than $5,000.

If you have information about any unsolved crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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