By Urban Anomie
A 43-year-old Vulcan man has been arrested in a rural Alberta town on suspicion of spying for the Romulan Star Empire, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has said.
The man, who goes by the name of T’Steve, told police he had photographed starships and other military-related buildings along along Highway 23 in the town of Vulcan—across the street from the Petro Canada station—for three people he believed were Romulan nationals. They paid him two bars of gold-pressed latinum (approx. value: CAD $62,500.)
The RCMP suspect the individuals worked for the Tal Shiar, the not-so top secret elite intelligence agency of the Romulan Star Empire, according to one high-ranking RCMP official who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding that “investigations were ongoing.”
T’Steve has been living in the town of Vulcan for the past four years and had been taking photos of military targets for at least three, police said.
He was arrested on Wednesday and will appear before a prosecutor to face espionage charges next week.
A Vulcan foreign ministry spokesman said the embassy in Calgary was aware of the case and was trying to contact the man. The Romulan embassy was not immediately available for comment.
Police said they had found in the man’s possession several cameras, laptops, a phaser, a cloaked ship, maps and glasses with an embedded camera, and emails he had sent last week to an unidentified recipient with details on Vulcan starships stationed in the town.
The email also mentioned a widely reported incident in early 2012 in which a Vulcan man was found dead. The RCMP has declined to comment on that particular incident, but says the case may be re-opened to see if there’s a Romulan connection.
The closely related species’ have a history of enmity. Since the Romulan–Vulcan war ended several hundred years ago, the two races have come to the brink of war on several occasions, most recently in 1992 after a Romulan Warbird opened fire on a Vulcan Science Vessel near Saskatoon, Sask.