Drumheller RCMP have been busy catching criminals this year. The good news is at least they're on a first name basis.
"We're seeing a lot of property crime and we're solving a lot of the property crime, but the problem is that these people are getting out on various forms of release and then continuing to offend," explained Constable Rachel Pergunas.

"This is what they know, this is what they deem themselves to be good at; they just keep doing it over and over again," she continued. "We're finding that when we are laying property offense or drug related charges, it is the same people over and over again."

Recent cases that made the news include a Drumheller woman caught up in an ATM theft at Hussar and three people in Nacmine who were arrested on more than 50 charges combined.

"It's frustrating for the officers, it's frustrating for the public, but we'll just keep doing it; that's our job, right?," Pergunas noted. "Once it goes to the justice system, the decisions they make, we don't have a whole lot of say in, so we just keep putting them before the courts and the courts can make the decision what happens to them."

Pergunas hopes now that summer is winding down and most of the tourists are headed home, things won't be so busy and they'll be able to focus more of their efforts on keeping habitual criminals off the street.

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