Cochrane RCMP lay charges after fictitious calls for service received stating person was in danger, hiding in a closet

Cochrane, Alberta – On April 9, 2021, Cochrane RCMP received a call from the Calgary Police Service reporting that someone had made several calls to police stating that they were in danger and hiding in a closet at a residence in Calgary.

Police arrived and after searching the home determined no one was in danger and the complainant was not there. Calgary City Police asked the RCMP to follow up. Cochrane RCMP located the likely complainant in the Sunset Subdivision in Cochrane and determined that they were not in danger.

(File Photo) 911 Call Centre
(File Photo) 911 Call Centre

The investigation by the RCMP indicates that the incident was allegedly a fabricated fictitious call. On April 19, 2021, RCMP attended the accused’s residence to effect an arrest. After obtaining a judicial authorization to enter the home, the RCMP located the accused hiding inside.

The Cochrane RCMP have charged Cherry Lee Dietrich age 38 of Cochrane with one count of Public Mischief contrary to section 140(2) of the Criminal Code.

“Making false reports to the police is a serious offence,” says Cpl. Troy Savinkoff of the Cochrane RCMP,” Fictitious calls not only take our officers from other very important tasks, it also presents unnecessary risk to the police and public as officers try to help those who they believe are in danger.”

Dietrich remains in custody until her next court appearance on April 27, 2021.

Cochrane RCMP

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