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Live video feed alerts Didsbury RCMP to oilfield theft

Clearwater County, Rocky Mountain House residents face charges

DIDSBURY - A 38-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman are facing numerous charges after police were alerted to a theft underway at an oilfield lease site about five kilometres west of town on March 23.

Property representatives alerted police to the incident after viewing suspects on a live video feed, Didsbury RCMP Staff Sgt. Chad Fournier said Thursday.

Two suspects were arrested at the scene.

“Oil companies have been installing sophisticated security systems which was instrumental in the apprehension of these suspects,” said Fournier.

Mac Ronald Smith, 38, of Clearwater County, has been charged with break, enter and theft, theft of copper wire over $5,000, possession of break-in instruments, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and failure to comply with release conditions. 

April Dawn Sanford, 36, of Rocky Mountain House, has been charged with break, enter and theft, theft of copper wire over $5,000, possession of break-in instruments, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), failure to comply with release conditions, and two counts of failure to comply with a probation order. 

Both Sanford and Smith have been released and are scheduled to be in Didsbury provincial court on April 26. 

  

 



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