Red Deer RCMP is seeking information regarding the theft of bronze heritage plaques that have been stolen from various locations throughout the community.
On Oct. 5, police were alerted of a missing bronze heritage plaque at the downtown train station. Since then, multiple locations throughout the community, including from the Golden Circle, Michael O’Brian Wetland and Sacred Heart Church, have also reported thefts.
Surveillance footage captured a suspect vehicle described as an early 2000s light coloured Chevy pick-up truck with a Harley Davidson sticker. The suspect has a noticeable limp in the surveillance footage, said police.
RCMP believe that this theft is related to a similar theft of eight historic plaques in the Town of Olds, which occurred between the evening of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20.
Red Deer RCMP are notifying local scrap dealers of these thefts to limit resale opportunities, and are working with the affected organizations to explore CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) options to make future thefts more difficult.
“We are asking our community to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviours or activity in their neighbourhood,” said Red Deer RCMP Cpl. Mike Evans.
“Many of these stolen plaques have been in public community spaces, and by staying vigilant, we all can limit this individual’s opportunities for theft.”
Police are continuing their investigation into these incidents.
Anyone with information about the thefts or who has witnessed suspicious activity is asked to contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or their local police department. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, on line at www.p3tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play store.