RCMP investigating theft at post office


Airdrie RCMP is investigating a break and enter and theft from the main Canada Post office on Kingsview Boulevard Jan. 16.

According to Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin, the break- in occurred between 2:05 and 2:12 a.m. Members responded after a commercial alarm was triggered. When they arrived, the front door was unlocked and the gate separating the retail and the mailbox areas had been pried open.

“The suspects entered and virtually broke open a number of mailboxes. We’re still trying to determine what all was stolen,” he said. “We’re hoping that somebody recognizes the suspects. We think they might be linked to the theft of some other mail from mailboxes within Airdrie and surrounding areas.”

RCMP describes the first suspect as Caucasian, approximately 5’10” with short brown hair. He was wearing prescription glasses and had on a white hoodie with blue jeans.

The second suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 5’10”. He was wearing a black hat, black jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Nicholas Wyczynski at the Airdrie RCMP Detachment.

An Alberta man has been charged with possession of break-in instruments and failing to comply with an undertaking after Airdrie RCMP made a routine traffic stop Jan. 16 at approximately 12:30 a.m., according to Martin.

“The suspect drove through a red light on Yankee Valley Boulevard and was stopped by RCMP. He didn’t have the appropriate documents – he didn’t have a driver’s license on his person and provided a registration certificate and insurance documents but not in his name nor were they for that vehicle he was driving,” Martin said.

Tod James Purvis, 50, of no fixed address, was arrested and taken into custody. A search of the vehicle turned up a number of break-in tools including crowbars, pliers, screwdrivers, masks, gloves and pick axes. Purvis was also breaching a condition from a previous arrest, which required him to adhere to a curfew.

He appeared in Calgary Provincial Court Jan. 18 and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, less two days pre-trial custody – but given credit for five days – for breach of condition undertaking.

RCMP is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Const. Dylon Barber at the Airdrie RCMP Detachment.

RCMP is looking for the rightful owners of a number of items found during a search at an Airdrie residence Dec. 17, 2017. According to Martin, a significant number of items were recovered during the search of an apartment on Kingsland Road, which was undertaken after RCMP responded to a number of complaints regarding a disturbance at the apartment complex.

According to Martin, a large quantity of stolen items were recovered from the home. Approximately half have been returned to their owners.

The owners of three particular items of historic and sentimental value are being sought by RCMP. The first is an album of black and white photos dating back 120 years and believed to be of a family with the surname Anderson. The second is a work of art depicting The Last Supper and the third is a military trunk belonging to E.R. Hall.

If you believe one of these items to be yours, contact Const. Marrla Boxall of the Airdrie RCMP via email at marrla.boxall@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

You will be required to answer specific questions relating to the items to prove ownership.

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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