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Police recover $100,000 in stolen property near Balzac

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By: Dawn Smith

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 05:18 pm

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Police recovered $100,000 worth of stolen goods, including copper wire, firearms and vehicles, from a property located in the Balzac area, Oct. 2.

Police raided the property after a two-month investigation that began in August and involved 80 officers and civilian members from a variety of Calgary Police Service units, districts and external partners.

During the execution of the warrant, Rocco Amoruso, 56, of Rocky View County, was arrested without incident for an outstanding warrant.

Police seized about 200 pounds of copper wire, believed to be stolen from a telecommunications provider, a large quantity of ammunition, a cross bow, a long bow, a stolen knife and three rifles, one of which has been confirmed stolen from a Calgary residence.

Police also recovered a stolen ATV, two motorcycles, two stolen trucks, various pieces of machinery and electronics, a stolen 24-foot utility trailer containing various items of stolen property, two trucks with replaced vehicle identification numbers and a large quantity of stripped telecommunications cable casing.

The investigation, which was the direct result of ongoing efforts to combat copper wire theft, continues.

Further charges are pending.

Fire ban

Thanks to the recent cooler temperatures and precipitation, the City of Airdrie lifted its Level II Fire Ban at 4 p.m. on Oct. 9.

The ban was called due to dry, windy conditions on Sept. 20 after a grass fire in the City’s southwest, just off of 24th Street and Yankee Valley Boulevard.

“There is a positive change in forecast for the weather going through this week,” said Deputy Fire Chief Ken Hubbard. “We are supposed to have approximately two to four centimetres of snow… that moisture should help.”

A similar ban, called in Rocky View County on Sept. 19, was also lifted Oct. 9, at around 2 p.m.

Hubbard said since Airdrie Fire Department is responsible for Airdrie’s newly annexed areas, it is important for the City and the County to work together.

“The annexed area is a big piece that adds to the fire ban,” said Hubbard. “We have to be cognizant of what our County counterparts are doing for the rural areas… so we need to be a part of that ban process as well.

Under the ban, residents were not allowed to use incinerators, regulated burners, solid fuel barbecues and recreational campfires.

All burning permits were also suspended.

The City of Airdrie is asking that all fire pits and burnable debris conform to Airdrie’s Fire Bylaw and that no fires are left unattended.

“There is still a potential for dried-out conditions,” said Hubbard. “Although the ban has been lifted, there is still some significant risk in the area.”

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Gas line incident

All three stations of the Airdrie Fire Department attended a gas line break on Gateway Dr. around 9:30 a.m., Oct. 5.

An excavator struck a four-inch line, sending gas into the air.

Thirteen firefighters and four pieces of apparatus attended the scene, securing the area and assisting ATCO Gas as they clamped the damaged line.

No excavation was required and there were no injuries in the incident.

If you have information on any crime, contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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