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With holiday season around the corner, St. Albert RCMP are reminding residents to plan ahead if they may have a few drinks while they’re out.

Following two incidents last Sunday it’s clear not everyone is making those plans, police said in a news release. On Nov. 22, police got two complaints about impaired drivers.

Around 1 p.m., RCMP officers stopped a vehicle for failing to signal, and found the driver was impaired.

That evening around 9 p.m., a community member reported that a vehicle was swerving all over the road and had run a red light, although police could not find the vehicle at the time.

Both matters are still under investigation.

Const. Jennifer Fraser said taking the time to plan your evening, including a safe ride home if you plan to drink, is crucial.

“If you are attending a function this holiday season where there may be a chance of alcohol being served, then pre-plan a safe ride home,” she said.

Impaired-driving charges carry a minimum fine of $1,000 and a one-year licence suspension for a first offence.

Although it is not yet December, holiday-shopping thefts are already being reported in the St. Albert area.

The RCMP is warning residents that crime opportunities go hand-in-hand with the holiday season, and they should never leave their valuables unattended following two incidents in the city last week.

On Nov. 21 around 7:45 a.m., a community member found a purse in the North Ridge area, which was then returned to the resident.

On Nov. 20 around lunchtime, a woman shopping at the local Superstore had her purse stolen from her shopping cart. Police are investigating, but say the matters are unrelated.

Police are asking for the public’s help in solving three break-and-enters in St. Albert last weekend.

On Nov. 22, RCMP received a report of a break-and-enter at a business yard on Riel Drive where school buses are parked. Someone got into a bus and into the office, and stole some spray paint.

Some time overnight on Nov. 19-20, someone pried open a window to the St. Albert Minor Baseball Association clubhouse; nothing appears to have been stolen.

During that same time period, someone broke into a construction site on Bellerose Drive. They got into the office through a window, and stole two laptops, a tablet device, and a cordless circular saw.

Last Tuesday morning, emergency crews were able to contain a gas-line leak in southwestern St. Albert.

Police received a call of a possible ruptured line at Riel Drive around 9:15 a.m., and assisted St. Albert Fire in forming a safety perimeter. By 9:35 a.m., crews had restricted access points to the location. The gas line was crimped by 10 a.m. and the area was declared safe.

Anyone with information about any crimes in St. Albert is asked to phone the RCMP at 780-458-7700, or they can anonymously phone Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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