Antics of visitors keeps RCMP busy

Columbia Valley RCMP staff-sergeant Marko Shehovac's RCMP report for the week of June 15.

June 2

From 0900 to 1900 hrs, two intoxicated males from Cranbrook kept  the detachment members busy with their antics.

First call came in around 0900 hrs of a theft of iPhones from a residence in the 1400 block of 7th Ave.  It was later determined that two youths associated to a residence near the first complaint were involved in entering the house and were suspected to have taken the iPhones.  While investigating this incident, a neighbour approached the police and advised that a family member met up with two males from Cranbrook and had invited them to the house. The males, ages 19 and 24, attended to the complainants residence and, due to their behavior, were no longer welcomed in the home.  During this investigation a complaint of threats were made as well as damage to the house, done by the two males who were described as being highly intoxicated.  The males were causing disturbances and picking fights.  Males were not in the immediate area when police attended.

Later in the day, at approximately 1700 hrs, a further complaint of disturbance came in and the males were observed to be walking over to Kinsmen Beach.  The two males decided to leave the area and head back to Cranbrook.  The only problem here was their mode of transportation was via a stolen canoe that was on the beach.  A number of people representing the Voyageurs of the past and retracing the route happened to be on the beach and gave chase with their canoes.  Given the condition of the two intoxicated males and the excellent shape of the pursuers  it was not a fair contest.  Both males were taken into custody by the voyageurs and escorted back to shore into the waiting arms of the law.

Our thanks to those that went out in their canoes to bring the canoe and the males back.

Both males were arrested and removed from the crowd who were voicing their displeasure. While on the beach the males became unco-operative towards the lone police officer at the time.   Our thanks to all but one person for assisting both Cst. Steffler and myself on the beach.

The 24-year-old male has been charged with an additional count of mischief after damaging property at the detachment.

The male was charged with threats and two counts of mischief.  Police are still investigating the theft of the canoe and are attempting to contact the owner who is an American citizen.

June 3

The detachment received a complaint of theft of a large business sign that belonged to Mei Mei’s Asian Market in the 100 block of 7th Ave.  The sign was located abandoned nearby.

Detachment received a complaint of theft from a shed in the 4900 block of Wills Rd. in Fairmont. A Stihl weed wacker, model FS55R, and power cord were stolen.

June 4

Two plate glass windows were found smashed at Toby’s Theatre.

June 5

Columbia Valley detachment members responded to a male found passed out near the medical clinic on 7th Ave.  The 35-year-old male from Langdon, Alberta, was arrested and lodged in cells for being drunk in public.  He was released to friends later with a violation ticket for being drunk in public.