It's becoming a regular thing in rural Alberta: thieves from the big city travel to small towns and villages looking for anything they can steal, and the residents of Carbon have had enough.
"We're tired of all the people coming to town and creating havoc and stealing things, and we're going to put a stop to it," said Judy Quintin-Arvidson, who hosted a meeting last week to gauge local interest in forming a local Citizens on Patrol chapter.
"They see a small town like ours that seems like a sitting duck and they just come in and clean house," she complained. "We're tired of it and before we decide to get vigilante about it, we'd better do it the right way and get sanctioned."
About ten people showed up for the information meeting, enough to prompt Quintin-Arvidson to go ahead with trying to form a local chapter. She added they would work under the auspices of the Linden Citizens on Patrol until they're ready to operate on their own.
"We'll get insured and we'll get sanctioned by the RCMP: we have to get criminal record checks for our volunteers," she pointed out. "We're hoping to be kind of up and running probably within a month to a month and a half."
The Carbon Grocery Store was hit by break-in artists for the second time in less than a month on Sunday night, September 24.