One MD of Bonnyville Peace Officer was able to stop a break-in while it was still in progress this past Thursday.
While conducting a regular rural patrol, Peace Officer Skinner was flagged down by a family member of a homeowner near Ernestina Lake. The family member had been contacted by his brother to go and check on the residence as the home alarm system had been activated.
The Peace Officer found two people on the rural property, who appeared to be intoxicated. When the Peace Officer approached them, she could hear the alarm going off at the residence.
The two individuals were turned over to the Cold Lake RCMP for further investigation. It is suspected these individuals had been squatting nearby, in a derelict, abandoned camper on Crown land at Ernestina Lake.
“Our Peace Officers are very cognizant of rural property crime in the M.D.,” said Chris Garner, Director of Public Safety. “We make every effort, within the scope of our duties, to help our community and deter rural property crime.”