Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are looking for suspects who opened nine fire hydrants in the southeast area of Red Deer on August 30.
RCMP received three separate reports of mischief to fire hydrants on August 30. The first report came in at 2 am when Red Deer firefighters discovered and closed three fire hydrants that had been opened and were releasing water in the area of Hunting Hills High School. A second report came in to RCMP shortly after 6 am the same morning that a fire hydrant had been opened in the area of Notre Dame School and had released significant water into the parking lot before it was discovered. Red Deer Fire staff attended and closed that hydrant, as well. At 9:30 pm the same day, RCMP received a third report that another hydrant had been opened on Living Stone Drive. In total, Red Deer Fire staff dealt with nine opened fire hydrants on August 30.
“We are reviewing surveillance from the neighbourhoods and looking for witnesses to these crimes,” says Corporal Karyn Kay of the Red Deer RCMP. “This isn’t a prank – it’s a Criminal Code offence, and those responsible may face criminal charges as well as being held responsible for water damage to any properties. Criminal behaviour like this is a waste of police and fire resources and a waste of our water resources.”
Water pressure in Red Deer was affected in the early morning of August 30 but had returned to normal by 9 am that day.
If you have information about this incident, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403.343.5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online.
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP