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By Morinville News Staff

Legal Liquor heist

RCMP are looking for information that would lead to the arrest of those involved with a break and enter to the Legal Liquor Warehouse in the early morning hours of Aug. 12.

Morinville RCMP Constable Yelena Avoine said the Morinville Detachment received a call around 3 a.m. Monday morning advising there had been an intrusion at the Main Street liquor store. “Our members were dispatched immediately and on arrival they observed the back door of the business was damaged and entry was gained,” Avoine said, adding a significant quantity of alcohol was taken from the premises. “It is unknown at this time [what] the exact amount value of the liquor that was taken.”

Witnesses told police they saw one vehicle behind the liquor store and that five individuals were observed at the location loading liquor into the truck. Avoine said witness reports indicate all five believed to have been involved wore balaclavas and gloves. They are said to have been at the business for six to 10 minutes.

The suspect vehicle is described as possibly being a late 1990s red or burgundy Chevrolet Siera 1500 pickup truck. One of the suspects is described as wearing a grayish coloured hoodie with a Team Canada logo on the front.

Vehicle vandalism, break-ins and thefts in Morinville

Police received a few complaints of vehicle vandalism and break-ins over the weekend in Morinville.

On Aug. 9 police received a report occurring in the area of 98 Street and 105 Avenue. In that instance the driver’s side mirror of a Ford 150 was vandalized. The same day police received a report from the 101 Street and 101 Avenue area that an unlocked Dodge Ram had several tools valued at approximately $800 stolen from the vehicle. On Aug. 11 police received a report from the area of 98 Street and 104 Avenue that a 2008 Konker KPX50 was stolen from a resident’s yard. The dirt bike is believed to have been stolen either on the evening of Aug. 10 or in the early morning hours of Aug. 11.

Police have no witnesses in any of the vehicle incidents and RCMP believe there may have been other incidences over the weekend that have not yet been reported.

Lock your vehicles

Morinville RCMP are once again cautioning residents to remove their valuables and lock their vehicles. “Thefts from vehicles is a crime of opportunity,” Constable Avoine said. “It is important to remind everyone in the community to lock their vehicles and not leave any valuable items. If there’s items in the vehicle, they can see it and they’re going to make sure they can gain access to the vehicle and obtain those items.”

Avoine said past incidents have seen the removal of wallets, GPS units, computers, and expensive jewelry from vehicles in town. RCMP say the crime can easily be prevented by simply removing items and locking car and truck doors.

Morinville RCMP are asking the public for help in solving these crimes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4520 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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