Law enforcement relies on the public to provide information to help them solve crimes. This may be especially true in more rural areas where frequent police patrol is not always possible. However, while it is beneficial when citizens play a role in preventing criminal activity and bringing offenders to justice, those accused of crimes should know that eyewitness accounts and descriptions are not always reliable in a court of criminal law.

Police are thanking an Alberta rancher who contacted authorities after seeing suspicious activity at nearby industrial sites. After receiving the tip, RCMP located two men, ages 39 and 27, who were allegedly in possession of a large quantity of copper wire. Investigators determined the wire was stolen from the industrial sites near the ranch.

The two now face a string of charges, including indictable offences such as possessing stolen property over $5,000 and breach of recognizance. Media reports do not reveal if the RCMP arrested the men at the scene or in another location in Alberta. However, it is possible that the investigation included a search since the men face charges related to the possession of break-in tools and controlled substances.

When facing such serious charges, those who stand accused may have reasonable concerns. It may be easy to feel the evidence piling up and wonder what is the best course of action. Conviction for these types of offences may mean many years in prison as well as other penalties. Fortunately, those accused of crimes have the right to legal representation from a criminal law professional who will examine and challenge the evidence and fight for the best possible outcome.