Thursday, July 01, 2010

From the Files of the Prince Rupert Detachment June 28, 2010

Another week of number crunching as the local detachment outlines the day to day travels of the week past for the constabulary.

 The week of June 21 to June 27, 2010 Prince Rupert RCMP received 184 calls for service.

There were three reports of fires deliberately set this week. One occurred in the back yard of a residence and damaged an aluminum skiff and outboard motor. There was several jerry cans with gasoline in them around this scene. The second occurred down at the Metlakatla docks in a vehicle with the third taking place at the Petro-Can on Hays Cove Circle. Video was provided for the third incident which shows a group of youth starting fires in the garbage receptors. There is a reason why we are told not to mix gasoline and fire, because it can go very badly very quickly. Please call in if you have information or have witnessed these events or if you see someone walking around with singed eyebrows.

Based on ICBC stats from 2004-2008, 3rd Ave and McBride had the highest concentration of motor vehicle accidents followed by 5th Ave and McBride, 7th Ave E and McBride and in 4th place was the intersection at Fulton and 3rd Ave W. Take extra precautions around these areas.

A 31-year-old male slashed the neck of a stranger who happened to be walking down the street with friends. The victim and the suspect did not know each other and the attack was unprovoked. The suspect was drinking alcohol as well as taking several types of drugs that evening. The 31-year-old was arrested for assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

You never know who is watching. A call came in after someone witnessed a vehicle hit another vehicle and leave the scene. The offender was located and stated he knew he had hit the vehicle but had to leave the scene, because he had stuff to do. I hope that stuff was worth more than the $196 ticket he received for failing to stop after a collision with unattended vehicle.

 Bicycles are vehicles and have the same rights and duties as motor vehicle drivers. Riding by the same set of rules as motorist makes you predictable and reduces the risk of accidents. Make sure you are checking over your bike before you hop on and that your helmet fits properly. Under the Motor Vehicle Act riders must wear a helmet, ride on the right side of the road and cycle with care.

Make sure to lock up your bike, we have received 18 calls for thefts of bikes since May and most of them have not been locked. Prince Rupert RCMP will be training four members and one Auxiliary member for Bike Patrol at the start of July. The officers will be working alone or in pairs and concentrating most of their patrols in the downtown core.

A 17-year-old female was walking home during the wee hours of the morning on Conrad Street between Prince Rupert Blvd. and 11th Avenue East. A male grabbed the female’s arm as he past her and pushed her to the ground, and then got on top of her. The female hit the male and fled the area. The male was described as a First Nations male in his 30’s wearing a navy blue hoody with a thin mustache and pock marked face with long hair pulled back in a pony tail. See the attached sketch.

Please contact Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-624-2136 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you have any information on any crime. You can now also send an anonymous tip online at

Past reports can be found here

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