Mounties kept busy with grass fires and multiple thefts

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
October 12, 2017 - 4:17pm Updated: October 13, 2017 - 5:40am

Drayton Valley RCMP were kepty busy this past week with two grass fires erupting and multiple thefts.

The first grass fire occured during the afternoon of October 5, after a downed tree fell on a power line on Range Road 81 just off Township Road 492. Some nearby residents were forced to evacuate and traffic was diverted for a short period. Fire crews arrived and extinguished the blaze and no major damage was caused. 

Another grass fire broke out behind IGA on October 9 and was extinguished quickly by fire crews. Police say the fire was set deliberately with the culprits later being tracked down and spoken to. Due to their ages, no charges will be pursued.

Mounties also are investigating multiple thefts in the Drayton Valley area, including a total of four firearms being taken in two cases.

On the morning of October 5 police were called the Tomahawk Fire Hall after it was broken into overnight. The buildings shop was entered with a truck being stolen from the site along with a lever action .22 rifle. The vehicle was located a short distance away and police say they have no suspects at this time. 

Three firearms were stolen out of a storage unit on Industrial Road on October 6, with the owner estimating the theft occured sometime the week before.

A few days later on October 9 a black 2002 Ford F-250 was stolen from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express and police say it has yet to be recovered. 

Lastly on the morning of October 10, 300 litres of diesel fuel was syphoned out of a tidy tank on a rural property on Range Road 81, and police have no suspects in the case. 

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