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Pincher Creek RCMP arrest pair for copper thefts

Mounties in Pincher Creek have laid charges against two men believed to be linked to a string of recent copper thefts.

46-year-old Johannes Jorgensen from Lundbreck and Daniel Price, 57, of Pincher Creek were arrested Monday night after a call to police of two individuals stripping wire from a wind turbine.

RCMP contend the thefts have resulted in several hundred thousand dollars in damage and have impacted drinking-water supplies.

Charges against the pair include break and enter, theft over $5,000, possession of break-in instruments and two offences under the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act.

Jorgensen and Price are scheduled to appear in the Alberta Court of Justice in Pincher Creek on Nov. 30.

 

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Copper wire theft knocks out power to Cottonwood Campground

Pincher Creek RCMP are asking the public to stay out of the Cottonwood Campground for the next three days, following a copper wire theft that knocked out power to the entire site. 

Alberta Parks, which operates the campground near the Oldman River Dam, reported the theft Thursday, May 4, according to Const. Rachel Welsh. 

Dave Hagedorn, Alberta Parks chief ranger for southwestern Alberta, said Thursday afternoon that crews will be on-site through the weekend to determine the extent of the damage. 

It remains to be seen if the damage will significantly impact the site’s availability this season, he said.

Welsh said copper wire thefts are common in the area, adding that thieves recently targeted wind turbines at a wind farm near Pincher Station. 

The campground theft damaged several electrical panels on-site, all of which have to be replaced, she said.  

Mounties are actively investigating both wire thefts. 

Welsh said the campground theft happened sometime after the campground closed last September. 

The campground’s main entrance was then closed to vehicle traffic, but Welsh said Alberta Parks kept another gate open so that parents could access a children’s play area on the campground’s east side. The campground is popular among young families and dog walkers and is easily accessible on foot, she continued. 

Anyone who thinks they’ve spotted suspicious activity at or around the campground is asked to phone Pincher Creek RCMP’s non-emergency line at 403-627-6010.

Alberta Crime Stoppers welcomes anonymous tips at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at p3tips.com, or through the P3 Tips app, which is available for download through the Apple Store and Google Play.