Vandalism, thefts captured thieves keep RCMP busy

February 3

  • Feb. 15, 2011 4:00 p.m.

February 3

Columbia Valley detachment received a report of vandalism to the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall on Hwy 93/95 in Windermere. A sign and three sets of lights were damaged. A broom and shovels were also taken from the property.

February 3 1700 hrs

Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of a break-and-enter and theft in the 500 block of Upper Lake View Rd. This happened over the last two weeks. A red container was stolen from the garage. Nothing else noted to be missing.

February 3 1730 hrs

The detachment received a report of theft of marine fuel from the 1700 block, Victoria Ave. in Windermere.

February 3 1800 hrs

Due to the nature of a complaint of strange email messages from a citizen, and the response provided by the person being investigated, a 53-year-old male from Invermere was arrested under the provisions of the Mental Health Act and escorted to the hospital to be examined by a doctor.

February 3 2200 hrs

Columbia Valley RCMP members responded to a domestic assault complaint in the 8000 block of Grainger Rd. in Canal Flats. On arrival the police located a female victim who had locked herself in her car for protection.

As a result of observations of the victim and investigation, a 39-year-old male was charged with assault and breach and held for court in Cranbrook for February 7.

February 4 1050 hrs

Columbia Valley detachment attended to a two vehicle accident on Hwy. 93/95 on Hot Springs Rd. in Fairmont.

A 2008 Chevrolet driven by a female from Cranbrook attempted to turn right onto Hot Springs Rd. However, she slid into a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by a female from Fairmont Hot Springs. No injuries to the drivers.

The female who made the right turn was charged with driving too fast for road conditions.

February 5 1420 hrs

While doing a routine road check on Hwy. 93/95 a grey Dodge Dakota was observed to be travelling at a high rate of speed and passed a vehicle in a dangerous manner, causing the oncoming vehicle to pull over to the right to avoid an accident. Police caught up with the vehicle near the top of Radium hill. The investigation revealed that the driver had been drinking, was a prohibited driver and the police noted three people in the vehicle and eight snowboards in the back of the truck. Police were aware of thefts of snowboards from the ski hill.

Investigation resulted in the arrest of all three males. The following charges have been laid:The driver a 29-year-old male from Edgewater was charged with impaired driving, driving while prohibited and possession of stolen property. A 24-year-old passenger was charged with possession of stolen property. Another 24-year-old passenger was charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. Inquiries were made with the ski hill and the snowboards were all identified as stolen.