Commander’s Corner: Crime Stoppers — Still Anonymous

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if you see something, say something. Anonymous. This is the premise of the pan-Canadian Crime Stoppers program. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit charitable organization that allows people to anonymously provide advice to help solve and stop crime.

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When you dial 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), your call will be answered by one of Crime Stoppers’ trained tip takers. You will not be asked for your name, address or any other information. And rest assured that call takers have no call display and will never be able to trace the call back to you.

You can also submit a tip online. Just go to p3tips.com and fill out the form.

Crime Stoppers also has an app. Search “P3 Tips” in the Apple App Store or Android Market (Google Play) Store. Access to Crime Stoppers will be at your fingertips.

Whichever method you use, you will receive a unique tipster number. This number should be kept secret and recorded as this is how you can track your tip to add additional information or check if there was a reward.

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And the rewards are double. When you tip, you play an active role in keeping our community safe. Any information leading to an arrest is eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

The program continues to be a success. According to the Crime Stoppers website, in 2022 to date, the Edmonton and Northern Alberta branch has received 3,452 anonymous tips, resulting in the arrest of 148 people. $486,385 in property was recovered, $564,414 in drugs were seized, and $86,575 in cash recovered. Authorized rewards for Crime Stoppers tips, which resulted in arrests, totaled $22,950.

Crime Stoppers is a community-funded program, grateful to individuals and businesses who donate. For more information about Crime Stoppers, or to see how you or your business can get involved, visit their website at crimestoppers.ab.ca/edmonton.

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Several of the following cases are currently under investigation. If anyone has information regarding any of these incidents or if you see suspicious activity, please contact Devon RCMP at 780-987-3413. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

October 25

A resident reported a scam via text message. The first text claimed to offer a refund from Telus Mobility, and a second of the same issue, offered a refund from the Canada Revenue Agency. The resident knew not to click on the links and knew it was a fraud. Devon RCMP encourage everyone to be cautious when opening text messages and emails from unknown parties. If in doubt, find the company’s number and call to confirm details of a possible refund.

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October 26

A scooter was found and brought to Devon RCMP. Call and identify yourself to claim.

Lost Alberta driver’s license on Devon River Valley trails. If found please contact Devon RCMP.

October 27

Devon RCMP carried out a traffic stop in the South Port Common parking lot. The motorist was issued a ticket for having uninsured motor vehicle on the highway, with a mandatory court summons. The vehicle was impounded and towed away.

An abandoned vehicle was found in the service road adjacent to Highway 60 at Derrick Drive. RCMP attended the scene and found identification and personal effects. Devon RCMP investigated the whereabouts of the operator. The matter was later resolved and the vehicle and operator left the scene.

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Devon RCMP are investigating a hit and run in the parking lot of the Circle K gas station on Miquelon Avenue. A vehicle backs up, hits an open passenger door, injuring a motorist who was putting children in the back seat. Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon RCMP. Failure to remain at the scene of an accident may result in charges.

A child’s bicycle was recovered and turned over to Devon RCMP. The bike does not match any previously reported losses. Call Devon RCMP to identify and claim.

While investigating another case, Devon RCMP located a lost Alberta license plate. RCMP have located the owner of the plaque.

Alberta license plate R71149 was reported lost somewhere in Devon. If found, contact Devon RCMP.

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Devon RCMP are investigating a hit and run witnessed in the parking lot of the Key West Inn on Superior Street. A vehicle was backing into a stall, when it struck the vehicle parked in the stall next to it, causing extensive damage. The case is ongoing.

October 28

Devon RCMP encourage residents to be aware of ongoing fraud. A resident reported a new fraud, involving a caller requesting the purchase of $5,000 in gift cards to claim a cash prize from Lottery 649. The resident knew it was a scam and did not purchased no gift card.

Devon RCMP are investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred in the northbound lane on Highway 60 near Athabasca Avenue. One vehicle was damaged when a second vehicle merged dangerously. The case is ongoing.

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Devon RCMP responded to an abandoned 911 call on Pipestone Crescent. The resident has been located and found to be safe. The RCMP advised against calling 911 for non-emergencies.

October 29

A motorist reported a hit and run near the Circle K gas station on Miquelon Avenue. Another driver hit the rear bumper and then left the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon RCMP. It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information and may result in fines.

A British Columbia-registered Ford 150 truck parked along Derrick Drive was impounded and towed away, when it was found without valid insurance.

October 30

Devon RCMP responded to a 911 call for a security alarm at a house in Les Ravines. Officers secured the residence and the alarm was found to be false.

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Devon RCMP responded to a 911 call to a fight in the living room of the Key West Inn. The group dispersed without further incident. No injuries reported.

Devon RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Columbia Avenue West and administered a request for MAS (Mandatory Alcohol Screening). The novice driver blew a warning and received immediate road penalties with a $200 fine, 30-day license suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure.

October 31

Devon RCMP are investigating a collision between two vehicles on Miquelon Avenue at the entrance to South Port Common. Both vehicles sustained damage. No injuries were reported.

A concerned motorist reported a large piece of metal debris on Highway 60 at Saskatchewan Avenue. City of Devon Community Peace Officers assisted Devon RCMP in clearing the roadway hazard.

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Devon RCMP are investigating vandalism in the industrial park. Some businesses were the target of graffiti, causing significant damage. CCTV has been secured to further the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Devon RCMP or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.

Road checks and fines

Devon RCMP carried out numerous traffic stops this week across Devon and on Hwy 60 and 19. Here is a summary of tickets issued to motorists under the Road Safety Act.

Five motorists were ticketed for operating a motor vehicle/trailer without a valid registration certificate, with a fine of $324; A motorist was given a ticket for operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, along with a fine of $324; and a motorist was ticketed for providing an invalid insurance financial responsibility card, with a $324 fine.

A motorist was ticketed for displaying an incorrectly issued or unauthorized license plate on a motor vehicle or trailer, with a $324 fine; A motorist was given a ticket for driving a vehicle on the highway while holding, looking at, or handling a handheld or wireless electronic device, subject to a $300 fine; A motorist was given a ticket for exceeding the maximum speed limit for a highway under construction or repair, along with a $226 fine; and a motorist was ticketed for exceeding the established or prescribed maximum speed limit for the road, with a fine of $243.

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