RCMP are praising the keen eye of neighbors after tips lead to an arrest in Strathcona County ...
On December 4th, Strathcona County RCMP responded after a keen eyed citizen called police to report that grain was being removed from a neighbors’ property and did not believe it was authorized.
Police attended the rural location near Josephburg and determined that a grain company had made arrangements to buy the grain.
Further investigation by RCMP revealed that a company had been contacted by a male purporting to be the seller.
Through online and text communication with this male, the grain company arranged to buy over $50,000 worth of grain and had begun the process of removing the grain from the bins on the rural property.
The neighbor was aware that the actual owner was away from the property and police determined that the male did not have permission to sell the grain.
As a result of the police investigation, a male was identified and charges were laid.
Bryce Allan Smith of Fort Saskatchewan was charged with one count of trafficking stolen property over $5000.
He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on January 15th.
Constable Allison Gyonyor says this is a great example of why the RCMP want the public to report things that seem out of the ordinary in their area.