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RCMP seeks assistance with fraud investigation

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Airdrie RCMP is hoping the public can help identify a suspect wanted in connection with a number of recent purchases made with a stolen credit card at a store in New Horizon Mall.

According to Airdrie Media Relations Officer Cpl. Gina Slaney, the male suspect visited the “Perfume Store” at the Balzac-area mall on three occasions in January – Jan. 9, 16 and 18. He made three separate purchases of perfume and watches for an approximate total of $2,800, which was charged to a stolen credit card.

“I’m not going to say how they went about this, but the stolen card was used to make the purchases and we are now trying to identify the person responsible,” Slaney said.

Anyone with information about the incident or who can identify the man in the picture is asked to contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200.

“Our citizens are so important with regards to our investigations,” she said. “It’s amazing how many crimes we solve based on the help of local citizens identifying pictures or checking their surveillance when something happens in their neighbourhood. It’s critical that they call us – we depend on citizens to help us out.”

Aggravated assault

RCMP is also investigating an aggravated assault involving two groups of males, which occurred at approximately 3:40 a.m. Jan. 29 at the corner of 8 Street and 1 Avenue.

“There was a group of three and a group of two,” Slaney said. “They met on the street and the incident happened.”

The altercation between the men resulted in one male being assaulted with a weapon, but Slaney would not disclose at this time what type of weapon was used in the attack. The victim was transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, she added.

“The investigation is ongoing,” she said. “There is one witness that we will be interviewing, but no arrests have been made.”

Commercial fire

Two employees at a commercial building on Kingsview Boulevard S.E. sustained burns during a fire Jan. 25 at approximately 3:15 p.m.

According to Deputy Chief Garth Rabel, the fire occurred in the end bay of a multi-bay industrial/commercial facility and was already extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system by the time the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) responded to the alarm.

“On arrival, fire crews were met by two workers with burn injuries to their upper extremities,” Rabel stated in a press release. “Before being transported to hospital, both men were initially assessed and treated by firefighters and Alberta Health Services paramedics on scene.”

All adjacent businesses were checked by fire crews for fire extension and possible smoke damage, Rabel added, and the Fire Prevention Bureau and RCMP are now assisting Occupational Health and Safety with an investigation.

Kitchen fire

An Airdrie family has been displaced from their home following a structure fire Jan. 28.

At 12:30 a.m., AFD responded to a residence on Kingsland Place S.E. to find “heavy smoke conditions” on the main level of the two-storey home, according to Rabel.

“A family of four, home at the time of the incident, heard their smoke alarms ringing and safely evacuated to the street prior to the fire department arriving,” he stated in a press release. “The family’s pet cat was found inside the home and was safely rescued by firefighters unharmed.”

After originating in the kitchen area, the fire melted a domestic water line, which Rabel said assisted in keeping the blaze in check. Once the fire had been extinguished, firefighters isolated the water supply to the home and used thermal imaging to ensure the fire hadn’t extended beyond the residence. The air quality was also monitored for carbon monoxide levels, he added.

“Residents will be temporarily displaced…due to significant damage from heat, smoke and water,” Rabel said. “The cause of the fire remains under investigation.”

If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at tipsubmit.com



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