Whitecourt RCMP are appealing to the public for information after recovering a stolen cattle trailer and livestock west of Whitecourt this week.
At 12:40 am on October 19th, Whitecourt RCMP located an abandoned pick-up truck with an empty cattle trailer attached on Highway 43 near Windfall.
Further investigation revealed that the trailer had been stolen from the Barrhead area. Later that morning, at 10:15 am, Whitecourt RCMP received a complaint from a motorist that five cattle were loose near the bush on the side of Highway 43 north of Whitecourt.
Police confirmed that the cattle were also stolen earlier that morning from the Barrhead area and a search of the area resulted in another stolen trailer being located nearby and recovered.
The owner of the cattle attended the location and with the assistance of a number of volunteers, the cattle were safely rounded up into a trailer. None of the cattle were injured as a result of this incident.
“We would like to thank one of our local cattle ranchers for attending to provide the RCMP with his assistance, expertise, and equipment so that the livestock could be safely rounded up and returned to the owner,” says Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer, Detachment Commander of the Whitecourt RCMP. “Livestock on a highway can present a danger to passing motorists and with the help of all the volunteers this situation was resolved quickly and without any injuries to the public or the livestock.”
Whitecourt RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to identifying those responsible. Please contact Whitecourt RCMP at 780-778-2238, or your local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).