Another week of the daily triumphs and tribulations of police work on the North coast, with a review of some of the various calls for assistance for the Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP.
The week of July 12 - July 18, 2010 Prince Rupert RCMP received 231 calls for service.
A male in the community has been fabricating fake credit cards with real credit card numbers on them. The card cannot be swiped, but can be manually punched in and will be approved. The male has mostly been purchasing gas and lottery tickets with the fake credit cards. Cashiers: check credit card security features, signature, ask for a second piece of ID and be very leery if the card cannot be swiped. The Auxiliary RCMP is available do to training for businesses on counterfeit and credit/debit security and scams. Contact Cst. Erin Stevenson at 250-627-0700 to set up an appointment.
A surveillance system and two wireless cameras were stolen from a local store. The store did not have any surveillance of its own. Hopefully they do now.
A male was walking in the middle of 2nd Avenue West near the bars and giving a passing police car the finger. When the male was approached by police he started to swear and then bumped chests with the officer. The male was swiftly arrested for assaulting a police officer. The police officer detected a strong odor of liquor and also believed the male may have been under the influence of cocaine by his behavior and other physical indicators. The male had no history of violence and was placed in a cell until he was sober and released without charges.
A rental vehicle was stolen this week and recovered the following day abandoned at a rest stop 48 km from Prince Rupert on Hwy. 16. The vehicle and contents left inside were examined for prints by the IDENT unit.
Police attended after a female called in to say her boyfriend was yelling at her and getting jealous because she was sitting beside another female in the bar. The female went on to say they were at the bar to buy some crack. Smoking crack can lead to twitching, chest pain, high blood and heart rates, aggression, paranoia, depression and irritability. The high from smoking crack only lasts 5-10 minutes, but its detrimental effects can last a lifetime! The two individuals were arrested for being drunk in a public place and spent the night in jail; another real life side effect of drug abuse.
The 200 block of Crestview had three of its homes vandalized by green paint balls on Thursday. There is a paint ball park just outside of town and a lot of wilderness areas where it would be safe to play paint ball games, but residential areas are never good places to be shooting any type of gun.
A concerned and quick thinking resident called in and requested an Ambulance after she saw an extremely intoxicated male walking down the street who then fell down and hit his head on a metal vehicle bumper. The Ambulance and fire attended and transported male to the hospital.
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 www.bccrimestoppers.com.
Past reports can be found here.