Flooding closes municipal policing building

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The Airdrie Municipal Policing Building was closed temporarily Jan. 3 after a water main break Jan. 1 caused flooding and damage to the building’s foyer.

Members and administrative staff are still able to access the building.

“The front foyer area had two to three inches of water from a burst pipe. We’ve since learned there was a few pipes that burst,” said Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin. “They quickly got the water shut off and they’re now in there trying to rectify the situation – dry out the floors and walls – which will take two to three days, they think, or possibly more.”

Martin said the burst pipes were due to a drastic change in the weather in the last few days as Airdrie went from -31 C Dec. 31, 2017 to -1 C on New Year’s Day.

According to Martin, a temporary community station has been set up within City Hall. Police and bylaw complaints, criminal record checks and motor vehicle collision reports can be handled at this temporary office. The office will be open Jan. 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Jan. 6 and 7.

Emergencies can be reported by calling 911 and non-emergencies reported by calling 403-945-7267. The administrative phone line remains open at 403-945-7200.

According to Martin, an update on when the building might reopen is expected Jan. 5.

Two men are wanted in connection with the attempted theft of an ATM machine from the ATB Financial branch in Kingsview Market Dec. 27, 2017, according to Martin.

“Just before 3 a.m., two males, we believe, pulled up to the ATB branch in the King’s Heights area. We think they were driving a light-coloured pickup truck – the make, model and plate unknown at this point,” he said. “We’re still gathering video evidence from some of the neighbouring businesses.

He said it appears the culprits used a crowbar to attempt to gain access to the ATM but the alarm sounded and they fled.

“They just basically caused significant damage to the ATM inside,” Martin said.

He added, both suspects were covered up, wearing dark coats with their hoods up over their heads. They both had black ski masks covering their faces and were wearing ball caps. They were also wearing brown leather gloves.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7267 and ask for Constable Nick Wycyznski.

Airdrie and Cochrane RCMP responding to a motor vehicle collision Dec. 24, 2017, arrested two men on multiple charges, according to Cochrane RCMP Cpl. Troy Savinkoff. The collision, between a truck and an SUV, took place on Bearspaw Road and Burma Road at approximately 11:15 a.m.

According to Savinkoff, the two men exited truck, which had crashed into a ditch and attempted to steal another vehicle by dragging the female driver out of the driver’s seat. The female driver was able to get away unhurt. The two men then attempted to flee the scene but were apprehended.

Graham Ferguson, 39, from Regina, Sask., has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, failure to remain at the scene of a collision, mischief over $5,000 and break and entering in to a residence.

John Fordham, 34, from Kindersley, Sask., faces the same charges and additionally has been charged with robbery and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

According to Savinkoff, Ferguson and Fordham are known to police and were seen trying to break into a number of residences in the area prior to the collision. The truck they were driving was also stolen.

The two men were remanded into custody. Fordham appeared Dec. 28, 2017 in Cochrane Provincial Court. The outcome of that appearance was not known by press time. Ferguson is set to appear, also in Cochrane Provincial Court, Jan. 9.

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

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