Red Deer RCMP seeking assistance to identify heritage plaque thief

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are seeking information regarding the theft of bronze heritage plaques that have been stolen from various locations throughout the community.

Red Deer RCMP were first alerted on Oct. 5 of a missing bronze heritage plaque at the downtown train station. Since that time, multiple locations throughout the community, including from the Golden Circle, Michael O’Brian Wetland and Sacred Heart Church have also reported thefts.

Surveillance footage captured a suspect vehicle described as an early 2000s light coloured Chevy pick-up truck with a Harley Davidson sticker. The suspect also has a noticeable limp in the surveillance footage. RCMP believe that this theft is related to a similar theft of eight historic plaques in the town of Olds, which occurred between the evening of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20.

Plaque
Plaque
Suspect and truck
Suspect and truck

Red Deer RCMP are notifying local scrap dealers of these thefts to limit resale opportunities, and are working with the affected organizations to explore CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) options to make future thefts more difficult.

“We are asking our community to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviours or activity in their neighbourhood,” says Cpl. Mike Evans, Red Deer RCMP. “Many of these stolen plaques have been in public community spaces, and by staying vigilant, we all can limit this individual’s opportunities for theft.”

The RCMP are continuing their investigation into these incidents. If you have information about the thefts or witnessed suspicious activity, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or your local police department. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), on line at www.p3tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play store.

Red Deer RCMP

File: (Red Deer) 20211496870



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