Brooks and area RCMP report

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SANDRA M STANWAY
Brooks Bulletin

Extortion, animal cruelty
Charges have been laid against a 66-year-old male and a 60-year-old female from Brooks who police allege refused to turn an injured animal over to its rightful owner unless they received $1,000.
On July 17 Brooks RCMP received a call that a dog which had been missing for a couple of days had been found and was at a home in the Frazer Avenue area.
Police say the owner went to pick up the dog but was told by the couple she would not get it back unless she returned with $1,000.
The dog appeared to have an injured leg and required veterinary attention.
Police attended and offered to take the injured animal to BAPS to obtain medical services and to allow time to prove ownership.
The couple refused to give the dog to police unless they received $1,000 from the owner.
With no medical attention obtained, police say the dog died as a result of its injuries.
The investigation is continuing, however, the couple has ben charged with extortion without a firearm and causing damage or injury to animals.
They are scheduled to appear in Brooks Provincial Court on Sept. 1.
Workplace fatality
A 66-year-old Brooks man is dead following an industrial incident that occurred on Friday at about 1:30 p.m. near the city.
Brooks RCMP report the victim had been in a hopper bin when they arrived on scene.
The unconscious man, who was receiving CPR by two co-workers, was extricated by workers and the RCMP.
Lifesaving efforts were continued by First Responders.
“Due to his injures he was declared deceased at the scene,” said Brooks RCMP Cpl. Josh Argue.
Alberta OHS and RCMP are continuing the investigation.
Local man victim of
romance fraud
A Brooks resident is out between $2,000 and $3,000 believing the woman who he was speaking to online was in love with him and needed money.
On July 21 RCMP received a call from a man who was told that a woman he had met online three to four months earlier contacted him to tell her she was stranded in Calgary after having boarded a bus in Toronto the previous day.
The actual trip by bus is over 56 hours so police said it would be physically impossible to make the trip in one day.
Further inquires by police found that the victim had sent the woman iTune cards.
“At this time this file is deemed to be a fraud however the location of the suspect is unknown,” said Brooks RCMP Cpl. Josh Argue.
RCMP remind citizens to ensure they know the person they are sending money to online.
Do not send any form of money including gift cards, bitcoin, etc. to any unknown individual whoever they may claim to be.
If you believe you are a victim of a fraud immediately stop sending money and notify the RCMP.
For further information on current frauds or scams please check out www.antifraudcentre.ca.
BB gun used to shoot holes in window
A woman contacted RCMP on July 19 to report that there were several holes in her Dr. Anderson Park bedroom window that appeared to from a BB gun.
Police confirmed the window looked like it had been shot from the street in front of the home.
Later that day the victim reported another series of shots targeting her kitchen window from the back alley.
BBs were located at the scene.
There are no suspects.
If you have any information regarding this or any other crime, please contact the Brooks RCMP at 403-794-4400 or anonymously at 403-794-4484 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or text the keyword tttTIPS and your information to 274637.