RCMP investigating looting after fire

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One of the homeowners impacted by the Oct. 17 fire in the Sharp Hill neighbourhood south of Airdrie, which destroyed one home and damaged two others, was re-victimized Oct. 18 when a boat was stolen from the property, according to Alberta RCMP Media Spokesman Cpl. Curtis Peters.

“We have two criminal code investigations underway. We’re investigating looting…because it was a theft from a property that had been evacuated,” he said.

The second investigation is looking into the cause of the fire itself.

“The fire investigator did determine (the fire) was (caused by) a smoking cigarette butt. We’ll determine if there’s any criminality behind that and, if so, who’s responsible,” Peters said.

Peters did not know the value of the boat that was stolen. It was taken from one of the properties damaged during the fire.

Airdrie RCMP is looking to speak to the owner of an urn found Oct. 16 in a garbage can at an Airdrie car wash. The urn was subsequently turned in to the Airdrie Detachment.

“We still have not returned it. We would like to do that, though, and we hope someone comes forward and claims it,” Peters said. “It has somebody’s ashes in it. It’s sad.”

Peters said RCMP in Didsbury was investigating the theft of an urn but he was able to confirm the two incidences are not related.

The urn is a small, light-coloured wooden box with the word “Emmitt” engraved on a small black plate, which is attached to the top.

Anyone wishing to claim the urn should contact Const. Samantha Hennessy at the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200.

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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