Cochrane RCMP officers are investigating an early-morning break-in of a residence in Rivercrest that took place over the weekend, which resulted in the theft of personal property, including two vehicles and a police officer's identification.
According to a press release from RCMP, the break-in occurred Nov. 27 at approximately 4:15 a.m., when four suspects entered a residence along Rivercrest Blvd.
Door bell surveillance footage captured a male approaching the front door of the residence, and gaining entry to the main floor of the home. As per the RCMP's press release, the suspect left with a family bag, keys to the victims' two vehicles, personal effects in a bag, and RCMP Police Identification.
A second surveillance camera that focuses on the driveway captured two additional suspects coming from a waiting SUV down the street. According to the release, the three suspects entered the victims' vehicles in the driveway and fled.
"Upon police arrival, it was determined that the residence had been entered unlawfully," RCMP stated.
The first suspect is described as a male, standing anywhere from 5'6" to 5'10" tall and weighing 170 to 185 pounds. He had a fair skin complexion, and was wearing a Gucci hoodie, a watch with a large circular face on it, dark thick-framed glasses, and a black bandana that covered the lower part of his face. He also had on white running shoes with black laces and blue jeans, and was holding a small flash light in his left hand.
"This suspect entered the front door of the residence, then fled driving the victims' Dodge Ram truck," the RCMP's release stated.
Suspect two is also male, with a similar height as the first suspect. He is believed to weigh between 160 and 175 pounds, and was wearing a windbreaker coat with the hood up over a baseball cap. He draped a shoulder pack over his chest and also had on a backpack. He fled the scene in the victims' Kia Telluride SUV.
The third suspect is also male, stands 5'8" to 5'10" and weighs 160 to 175 pounds. He wore a black sweater with a hood and a face mask. He left in the passenger side of the Dodge Ram truck alongside the first suspect.
"Police are seeking the public's assistance in recovering and identifying the suspects involved in this theft," RCMP stated.
The victims' vehicles are described as a Black 2019 Dodge Ram, Alberta license plate BCJ3641, a Grey 2022 Kia Telluride, Alberta license plate BXZ5040, and a gold-plated RCMP crested badge with employee identification.
"Cochrane RCMP have no reason to believe this was a targeted event or that the thieves knew a police identification and badge would be in the victims' personal effects," the release stated. "RCMP are aware that with this identification in the hands of criminals it could be used to impersonate a RCMP officer. Citizens are reminded that they can request identification from anyone identifying themselves as a police officer and can also call the police non-emergency number to confirm an officer's identity."
Anyone with information regarding this break-and-enter, or who can identify the suspects, is asked to contact Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000, or their local police. If they wish to remain anonymous, they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.