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Watch group helps Pincher Creek RCMP recover stolen property

March 22, 2023  By Laurie Tritschler, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Mar. 22, 2023, Pincher Creek, Alta. – Pincher Creek RCMP are crediting a new citizens watch group with aiding a police investigation into a March 5 break and enter in the Beaver Mines area.

An RCMP press release shared by the Southwest Alberta Rural Crime Watch drummed up valuable information about suspects Mounties believe were involved in the Beaver Mines burglary as well as thefts in Claresholm and the Lethbridge area, according to Sgt. Ryan Hodge.

Surveillance photos of the break and enter, shared by SARCW, show suspects using a stolen truck and trailer to haul a Kawasaki dirt bike, an ATV and expensive tools stolen from the victim’s property. Police have since recovered the truck and trailer, which were stolen near Lethbridge.

The flood of tips also led to searches by Mounties and Lethbridge police that turned up stolen tools and other items.

No charges have been laid in the Mounties’ ongoing investigation. The suspects are believed to be from Claresholm and Lethbridge.

“We’re putting together the strongest case we can before we press charges,” Hodge said.

Pincher Creek RCMP remain on the lookout for the stolen chainsaws, dirt bike and ATV.

– Shootin’ the Breeze

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