Busted to bethrothed

By Geoff Lee

September 6, 2016 9:25 AM

SHE SAID YES In a clever ruse, Adrian Leach enlisted the help of Lloydminster RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger to help propose to his long time love, Kim Strong. The whole episode was caught on video by a neighbour.

Lloydminster RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger helped a love struck man pull off the wedding sting of the year.
The caper—caught on video—went down at the house of Kim Strong Wednesday afternoon and continues to generate a lot of views and chuckles.
The video posted on What’s Happening in Lloydminster, shows Kirzinger leading Strong from her front door to his cruiser parked out front.
There, the visibly confused Strong is told by Kirzinger her fiance, Adrian Leach, is in serious trouble as he emerges from the back seat apparently in handcuffs.
The plot quickly unwinds though as Leach falls to his knees on Strong’s lawn to enact a successful marriage proposal.
“The look on her face once she realized what was going on was priceless,” said Kirzinger who helped Leach plan the caper.
“Any time we’ve been involved with things like that out in the community it’s a positive experience and something that we enjoy being able to do when time allows.”
Kirzinger said he picked up Leach at the Canadian Tire parking lot, a block from Strong’s house, and discussed the plan about what they might say and do and went from there.
“It was something that was definitely worth it and we were thankful to be able to help out time,” said Kirzinger.
Leach got the idea during his 28 days working in the oil patch near Wabasca and called Kirzinger about it about two weeks before the stunt happened.
“He thought it was pretty funny and a good idea and he did some thinking and got it done for me,” said Leach.
The key to pulling it off was Strong’s belief that Adrian was not due home until about 2 a.m. the next morning.
Everybody but her—her mom, her sister, Leach’s mom, his brothers and a couple of his friends and the neighbours who videotaped it—knew what was gong down.
Strong runs a day home and her fiance had arranged for a friend to drop by that day and mind her own kids when Kirzinger came to her door.
“We were sitting here chatting and I saw the cop car pulled up to my house, so I said ‘What the heck is going on,’ so I said can you watch the kids, I’m just going to see what’s happening here,” said Strong.
Strong said she was surprised, when stepping away from the house, to hear Kirzinger tell her: “I have an Adrian Leach in custody; I would like you to come to the car so we can talk more about this.”
“I’m thinking, ‘Oh my goodness what is going on,’” said Strong, who noted she kept asking “What’s going on” over and over again.
Once Leach was pulled out the cruiser, Kirzinger’s next words hit her hard.
“He said ‘We’ve been running an active investigation for the past seven years on Adrian and it appears to us he’s got some stolen property,’ and my heart just sunk,” said Strong.
When the “stolen” ring came out and Leach proposed, she quickly said yes with a smile.
“We’ve been together for seven years,” she said.
The couple said they plan to get married within the next two years, but Leach said he has no plans to up the ante when they exchange vows.
“I don’t know if I can top that,” he said.

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