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NEWS RELEASE · 5th March 2014
Kitimat RCMP
Kitimat Detachment responded to 67 calls for service during this period. Some of which are as follows:

On February 24, an employee of a local restaurant called to report that two males had left the restaurant taking two full beers with them. Complainant stated that the males were followed and told to return them. Males started yelling and swearing at Complainant and walked away. Complainant provided a description of both males. Police were tied up with another matter and could not respond immediately. Once able to respond, Officers patrolled the area but did not locate anyone matching the descriptions. Complainant advised. Concluded.

On February 24, Complainant contacted Kitimat RCMP from their place of work to report that several days prior a male came into the store to pay for gas but while paying, he videotaped complainant on his cellphone. The video surveillance had just been located by store manager to support complainantís report. Complainant informed dispatch that the male had been reported previously to Police by complainant for doing the same thing. Police attended and observed video surveillance and observed clearly that the males cell phone was showing live video of complainant. Video surveillance provided to Officers to review further in an attempt to identify the male. Police believe the actions by the male may meet the criteria of Criminal Harassment - Sect 264(2)(c). Still under Investigation.

On February 25, Kitimat RCMP received a Theft under $5000.00 complaint that occurred at a local business. The complainant reported that an employee was observed on a surveillance camera stealing money from the Petty Cash fund. Police attended scene and spoke with Complainant, who stated many of the employees suspected someone to be taking money from desks, purses and the Petty Cash after having a meeting. Complainant reported that approximately $500.00 has not been accounted for by receipts from Petty Cash. Complainant set up a hidden camera in office which filmed Suspect enter 4 times and rummage through Complainantís personal belongings and use Complaiantís keys to open the safe. Suspect was observed taking approximately $25-30 from a change cash box. Suspect was released from employment this day and did not comment on the theft accusation. Still under investigation.

On February 25, Kitimat RCMP were dispatched to assist ambulance with an individual who was reportedly high on PCP and hiding under a bed in a residence. Police attended and observed a highly intoxicated subject who stated they had only consumed vodka that evening and not any drugs/pills. Ambulance attended and attempted to evaluate subject who did not want to be assessed by them. Ambulance attendants did not believe subject to be on any hallucinogenic drugs such as PCP, nor were any symptoms displayed which would indicate so. Subject in obvious state of intoxication and unable to care for self. Officers observed subject to have odour of liquor on breath, extremely unstable on feet, slurred words, and glossy eyes. Officers arrested subject for Mischief Under $5000 as there were preventing homeowner from enjoying his residence. Subject stated they did not even know what PCP was, and had only consumed vodka that evening. Subject transported to Kitimat Detachment where they were lodged until sober, and released without charges. Police checks negative. File Concluded.

On February 26, Kitimat RCMP received an alarm call at a local restaurant with 3 hits to the front door. Police attended and found all secure. Property representative was called but was unavailable. As Officers were leaving the scene dispatch advised that the alarm company wished to have the call cancelled. Concluded.

On February 26, Kitimat RCMP received a request to assist BC Ambulance with a report of an intoxicated subject requesting medical attention at the Nechako Centre. Report indicated that subject appeared to have been beaten up, and was last seen entering a local restaurant. Police attended and found subject sitting in the establishment with a cut cheek. Subject could not tell police what had happened and stated that they only wanted to go home once pizza was received. Medical attention was refused from BC Ambulance. Subject was showing signs of liquor consumption such as slurred speech, red/glassy eyes, and swaying balance. Subject was not deemed to be a threat to self and was transported to their residence with the instruction to remain inside to avoid a sleep in the drunk tank. Occupant at same residence advised that he did not know where subject had gone or how injury was received. No further action required, concluded here.

On February 27, Kitimat RCMP received a report of a disturbance at an apartment. Complainant reported that a male was inside apartment, drunk and causing problems. The call taker reported having issues understanding complainant as all parties sounded intoxicated. Polices attended and spoke to complainant who was outside the building and somewhat intoxicated. Complainant reported that subject male had left on foot in an unknown direction after letting himself into the building and showing up at complainantís apartment. No damage or injuries to anyone. Patrols for subject of complaint in area and out to City Center Mall were negative. Complainant advised to call police if subject of complaint returns. File Concluded.

On February 27, Complainant reported damage to a vehicle while it had been parked at the City Centre shopping area. Police attended and met with Complainant who showed Officers a broken rear passenger window. Damage appears to have been made from contact with another vehicle (upper rear corner of glass showed contact). Complainant noticed the break when the driver door was closed when leaving. No suspects and no witnesses. File number provided for insurance purposes. File concluded here.

On February 28, Kitimat RCMP received a report from elderly complainant for unspecified assistance. Police attended location and found that complainant wanted help re-attaching a tent garage at the peak to the frame. Officers advised that it was not really a police matter; however, Officers would try and assist. Unfortunately, complainant did not have a ladder to reach the peak; however, member suggested either a neighbour assist or a local roofing company to which complainant readily agreed. Officers noted that complainantís walkway was not completely cleared, making it difficult to pass through the snow/ice covered portion. Complainant indicated that they have been spending a few moments over the past few days trying to clear it but they get too tired and sore and have to go inside. Officers cleared the remaining snow covered portion before leaving. Complainant was appreciative and thanked Officers. Concluded here.

On March 1, Kitimat RCMP was alerted to a dumpster fire at a local Motel. Upon Police arrival to the front of the establishment an open topped construction dumpster was found to have the contents fully engulfed in flames. The dumpster was found to be sitting approximately 4 feet from the front of the building. Several guests were evacuated from the premise. Guests could not provide police with any information to assist in determining the origin of the fire. Kitimat Fire Department attended and extinguished the flames. Several scrap pieces of construction material were noted to be strewn about the perimeter of the dumpster. Management of the building could not be contacted. Dayshift Officers requested to contact a building representative to provide them with a police file number for insurance purposes. The only noticeable damage is smoke damage to the exterior of the building. Concluded.

On March 1, Kitimat RCMP received a call from complainant who reports that partner stole complainantís bank card and took out money this evening. Police spoke with complainant on the phone who was upset stating that they may have broken up this evening. Complainant advised bank card PIN had previously been given to subject of complaint to perform things like grocery shopping. Complainant was upset because of the "trust issues". Complainant contacted appropriate bank and was advised by them to call the RCMP to report this incident as per their policy. Complainant and subject of complaint live together and share the card therefore this incident becomes more of a civil issue than anything. The card has been cancelled and it is a lesson learned by complainant as to sharing personal information. Conclude here.

On March 2, Police were dispatched to a suspicious occurrence at a residence. The complainant said that the residence had an insecure front door, and a loud beeping noise, which complainant believed to be an alarm. Complainant also stated that the home had been vacant since October 2013. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with complainant who stated the front door and alarm going off were noted just before calling the police. Complainant stated nobody had been seen around the house and that when the door had been noted to be open about a month ago, complainant went to check on the home and no one was inside. Police entered the residence, no one was inside, and there was no sign of forced entry or of someone being in there recently. The alarm going off was a smoke detector in an empty bedroom. The alarm was turned off and the front door of the home was secured. It is unknown who owns the residence and no property representative on site. While police were on scene high winds were present, which could account for the door becoming ajar. No further action required. Concluded here.

On March 2, Kitimat RCMP received an abandoned 911 from a Cell phone. Dispatch attempted to return call 4x but were unable to get an answer. Police were able to determine the registered owner of the cellphone. Officers attended the residence of the cellphone owner but were unable to get an answer. Officers did not find anything suspicious while on scene. Officers called and spoke with owner, who was at work. Owner came home and it was determined that their son was not home. Owner informed Officers that son is with friends at all times of day and his location is usually unknown. Officers made patrols throughout Kitimat to ensure that son was not requiring emergency services while in the extreme cold (-15 Degrees Celsius windchill). Officers were updated by owner that son returned home. No emergency. No further action required. File concluded.

If you have information about these or any other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award.