Man charged in theft of Airdrie youth's insulin pump
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 06:00 am
Airdrie RCMP has charged a 51-year-old Alberta man in relation to the theft of an Airdrie youth’s insulin pump that was stolen from the Rob Ebbesen Arena locker room March 2.
The suspect in the theft, later identified as Kevin Roggeveen, 51, was recognized by an off-duty Calgary Police Service (CPS) member at the Stew Hendry Arena in Northeast Calgary just after midnight March 11.
The pump, which is valued at approximately $5,000, is an essential part of insulin pump therapy that Rosalind Davies said her 12-year-old son Joshua used to manage his Type 1 diabetes.
The family is thankful for the immense community support throughout the situation, she said, as well as the opportunity to talk publicly about Type 1 diabetes and its possible complications.
Ultimately, Davies said she is happy there was some resolution.
“I just wanted him caught,” she said. “He took something from my son that we waited a long time for.”
The CPS member also believed Roggeveen to be a suspect involved in similar thefts from arenas in Calgary, according to Airdrie RCMP Const. Jennifer Weedmark.
On top of the theft over $5,000 for the insulin pump, she said he was subsequently charged with two counts of theft under $5,000 from a motor vehicle and one count of theft under $5,000.
“It helped that (the CPS member) had some knowledge that this is also a person of interest in (other thefts),” Weedmark said.
As of publication, RCMP had not recovered the pump.
Airdrie man missing
Airdrie RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating a 61-year-old man who was reported missing.
According to an Airdrie RCMP press release, Francis Stanley Kopp was last seen at his home in Airdrie on the morning of March 10.
He is described as more than five feet tall, weighs approximately 287 pounds and has blue eyes and short gray and white hair. He also wears glasses and has a scar on his right temple.
Kopp was last seen wearing a black jacket with a baseball hat and is believed to be driving a black 2017 Ford Escape.
Weedmark said police do not have reason to believe Kopp is in danger.
“He’s just missing as of right now,” Weedmark said March 13.
The RCMP is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly robbed the CIBC Bank on Main Street in Airdrie March 11.
At approximately 12:35 p.m., RCMP reported a lone white male, approximately 40 to 50 years of age, entered the bank. Pulling a balaclava over his face, the suspect approached the teller and, though he did not produce one, informed the teller that he had a firearm.
With an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled, though RCMP is unsure if it was on foot or in a vehicle.
No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery and no physical injuries were sustained.
The suspect is described as standing approximately 5-7, weighing 170 to 180 pounds with a think build and salt and pepper moustache. He was wearing a blue hooded sweater with a black puffy vest and heavy pants.
If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP Detachment at (403) 945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at tipsubmit.com.