Wednesday, May 12, 2010

From the files of the Prince Rupert Detachment-- May 10, 2010

The weekly review of crimes and misdemeanours around the city as recorded by the city's RCMP detachment. During the week of May 3 to May 9, 2010 Prince Rupert RCMP received 199 calls for service.

RCMP attended two house fires this week. An occupant from the fire on 10th Avenue was seen leaving his unit with blood dripping down his face and smoking pot. This male then made his way down to a parking area and located a vehicle with the keys in it and started it up. I think most people’s first response to a fire in their home would be to call the fire department, not to go boost a car. The police dog and handler located the male in the parking area and he was swiftly arrested. Meanwhile, a nearby neighbor heard a window break and saw smoke come out of the residence and started knocking on people’s doors to alert them, a more appropriate response. It appears the fire started on the couch in the living room and spread from there. The other fire appears to have started from a stove being left on.

Saul Inocente Nelson-Hunter did not live up to his name when he was found guilty on one count of sexual assault that occurred in June 2009. He will be sentenced later this summer.

An army green coloured Polaris ATV with a hitch and winch was stolen from a backyard deck this week. Please call police if you see an ATV matching this description. GI Joe has been ruled out as a suspect. There was also one vehicle and one attempt vehicle theft this week. One of the vehicles was recovered in a remote area near Burns Lake. A grey Pontiac may be involved with the vehicle thefts.

A 12-year-old girl was walking through a yard and was attacked by a large mixed breed dog. The girl had to be taken to the hospital and received 17 stitches to her arm. The owner felt that the child should not be trespassing on his property. Trespassing through someone’s property is never appreciated by the owner(s), but 17 stitches are a very harsh way to learn that lesson. Posting a sign that alerts people that a guard dog is on duty may help to deter some people looking for a short cut.

You commit fraud when you put an empty envelope into the bank machine and then withdraw fictitious funds. If the fraud involves funds less than $5,000, the maximum penalty is two years in jail. If convicted, you now have a record, have a hard time traveling, have to tick of the box where it asks if you have been convicted of a criminal code offense, can’t coach the soccer team, because your criminal record isn’t clean, etc. Was it really worth getting that extra $200 out on a Friday night that was just thrown away on beer and greasy appetizers?

Ronald McKay was arrested at the Carnival for breaching his conditions by being drunk in public and in possession of marijuana. He remains in custody and will make his first appearance on May 11. Prince Rupert RCMP is strongly recommending that McKay not be released from custody on these new charges.

The Community Policing Access Centre located below City Hall will be open on Saturdays 12 to four p.m. starting June 5 and be open throughout the summer. The CPAC office will be staffed with Auxiliary members who are available to provide the public with information on business and home security, counterfeiting, personal safety, drugs and RCMP recruitment to name a few. Please stop by and check it out. 

Please contact RCMP at 250-624-2136 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you have any information on any crime.

Past reports can be found here

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