Copper wire targeted in Alder Flats break-in

On Saturday, December 31st, 2016 a gas plant located west of Alder Flats had its entrance gates damaged and copper wire...

  • Jan. 12, 2017 11:00 a.m.
Copper pipe is an attractive target because it has high scrap value.

Copper pipe is an attractive target because it has high scrap value.

Submitted by Thorsby/Breton RCMP

On Saturday, December 31st, 2016 a gas plant located west of Alder Flats had its entrance gates damaged and copper wire stolen from within the compound.

The chain link fenced gates were hauled open and lengths of copper wire were cut and loaded into the back of a Dodge dually pickup truck. The truck will have front-end damage.

Anybody with information regarding this or other crimes in the area is asked to please call RCMP 780-696-3520 or Crime stoppers. Remember, rewards are available for information leading to arrests or convictions.

Editor’s note: The public may wonder why thieves would go through the trouble of stealing copper wire or pipe. Copper has a relatively high commodity value and has in the past been sold to scrap yards. As copper wire and pipe has no distinguishing marks or serial numbers, it’s very difficult to trace.

Also, copper wire and pipe may be stored in remote rural areas where the thieves feel they are less likely to get caught.

Serious charges laid in child’s death

On November 26, 2016 at 8 p.m. the Thorsby/Breton RCMP, Brazeau County Fire Services and EMS responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 39 and Range Road 52 near Breton.

A late model Ford pick-up lost control and rolled into a guard rail. An 8 year old child, who was a passenger in the vehicle, succumbed to her injuries as a result of the collision.

On January 6, after a thorough investigation into the incident, the Thorsby/Breton RCMP and RCMP Traffic Services Unit arrested the 40 year old female driver from Edmonton.

She has been charged with Impaired Driving over .08 Causing Death, Impaired Driving Causing Death and Criminal Negligence Causing Death.

The female was taken before a Justice of the Peace and released on bail. She is to appear at the Breton Provincial Court on February 8.

The success of this investigation is attributed to multiple units of the RCMP along with numerous civilian witnesses who provided key evidence. The RCMP would like to thank everyone who assisted with this investigation.