It's a problem that appears to be more and more common in rural Alberta: criminals from outside the area travelling through and stealing anything they can get their hands on.
"Around 3:00 a.m. on the 26th of August (Saturday) the RCMP received an alarm call at the Carbon Grocery Store," reported Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles, who heads up the Drumheller detachment. "Members attended and determined that an entry had been forced and some merchandise was stolen. Police are continuing the investigation and ask the public if they have any knowledge on this or any other crime to please contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers."
"Based on our investigation we don't believe it was locals, we believe it was out of towners who were responsible," continued Charles, who added it seems to be a sign of the times.
"We've spoken about this before, how our mentality as small town inhabitants has to change," argued Charles. "We have to make sure that things are locked up and kept out of sight because it seems these criminals are travelling further and further and taking advantage of the small town mentality of trust and honesty."
If you can help solved the Carbon Grocery Store break-in or any other crime in the area, call the Drumheller ARCMP at 403-823-7590 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).