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High value instrument taken from lease site

Athabasca RCMP do not believe break-in was a random act
A Hamdon Model M echometer, costing approximately $10,000 was stolen from a lease site south of Athabasca Dec. 10. Police do not believe it was a random act.

ATHABASCA – Athabasca RCMP continue to investigate a high value theft from a local oil and gas site. 

Police responded to a report of a break and enter at a lease site near Highway 827 and Township Road 632 in the Perryvale/Rochester area on the morning of Dec. 10.

“Through initial investigation, RCMP officers determined that the site was last accessed by employees on Dec. 9, 2022, around 9:00 p.m., and that the break and entered occurred sometime overnight. Several items of high value were stolen from the property,” said Const. Kyle Hotchkiss in a Dec. 20 media release. 

One of those items was a Hamdon Model M echometer, costing approximately $10,000. An echometer is a device used along with an acoustic gas gun to determine the distance to the liquid level in the casing annulus or tubing of a well, according to the Hamdon website. 

“Police do not believe this to be a random act,” said Hotchkiss. 

Athabasca RCMP are asking the public's assistance for any information in relation to this incident (or identifying those responsible). Please contact Athabasca RCMP at 780-675-5122 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.