RCMP looking for suspects after over one million dollars in damages at lease site

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
July 27, 2017 - 3:58pm Updated: August 1, 2017 - 8:52am

Drayton Valley RCMP are looking for the suspects behind a break in at a lease site in Brazeau County resulting in over one million dollars in damages. 

Mounties say on July 17 at approximately 3:30 a.m. two suspects were seen on camera breaking into an Obsidian Energy site northeast of Cynthia.

The suspects proceeded to break into several buildings stealing approximately $200,000 dollars in copper wire and causing damage that's estimated at over one million dollars.

Police say the suspect vehicle is a two tone dark colour older model Dodge Dakota or Chevrolet, and released a photo of the vehicle and two suspects in hopes the public can help identify them. 

Sgt. Erin Matthews of the Drayton Valley RCMP says the theft and resulting damage caused has resulted in Obsidian Energy closing the site, which in turn has affected the people who worked there.

"Thefts in the oil field are a serious problem which creates a financial burden to companies who are already struggling in these financial times," she added.

Thieves also struck on July 20, hitting an Obsidian lease site in Brazeau County and stealing gas testers, a laptop as well as security cameras worth a total of $10,000. It is unknown if the two cases are connected. 

Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Drayton Valley RCMP at 780-542-4457 or call Crime Stoppers. 


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