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REPORTING · 22nd April 2015
Kitimat RCMP
Kitimat Detachment responded to 79 calls for service during this period. Some of which are as follows:

On Monday April 13th 2015 at 8:35am, the Kitimat RCMP received a complaint of some vandalism/mischief to a vehicle. The complainant stated that the tires of their vehicle had been slashed. The registered owner felt that this may have been in retaliation for an incident from earlier in the week, however no information surfaced that could have proved this.

On Monday April 13th 2015 at 11:23am a report of an abandoned vehicle left approximately 11kms north of Kitimat on Highway 37 was received. Through investigation it was learned that the vehicle had been sold for parts the previous day, and had broken down on its new owner. The public is reminded that when they sell a vehicle to remove their plates from it immediately, to avoid possibly facing fines and responsibility for vehicles they no longer own.

On Tuesday April 14th at 11:40am the Kitimat RCMP Detachment received a driving complaint from a member of the public who stated that a vehicle cut him off on Haisla Bvld, stopped in the intersection, and the young male driver gave the complainant a rude gesture with his hand. The offender’s vehicle was noted have a green “N” displayed on the back. The identity of the offender is being determined, and he will be spoken to by the RCMP about his driving habits, and how to be a polite member of society.

On Tuesday April 14th 2015 at approximately 7:09pm the Kitimat RCMP Detachment received a file from a complainant that their adult daughter was missing and had been for over 1 day. The RCMP made patrols with the information given by the complainant, and the woman was located and found to be intoxicated by alcohol and admitted to drug consumption. The missing woman was brought back to her residence where she was then denied residence by the initial complainant. After much discussion the woman was transported to a safe residence for the evening.

On Wednesday April 15th at 4:55pm a complaint was received of the passing of a counterfeit Canadian $100 bill by a local business. The counterfeit bill was not located until much later, however the merchant who took it feels that they know who passed the bill. Kitimat RCMP Detachment are advising businesses to be wary of taking bills that they feel are counterfeit. Should a counterfeit bill be suspected, please contact the RCMP, or deny taking the bill and have the passer attend a bank to confirm its validity.

On Wednesday April 15th at 3:13pm a complaint was received of two persons who had gone 4x4’ing in a pickup truck and had gotten it stuck in the Onion lake ski trails / Saunders Rd area. The people had left their vehicle, got lost/disorientated after 2 hours of walking and were now getting cold. Kitimat members attended the area by 4x4 and patrols were made using the Detachment ATV’s. The missing persons had since found the highway and were picked up by a passing motorist. The vehicle owner called the RCMP a few days later unable to locate their vehicle, and felt it may now have been stolen. Later information revealed the exact location of the vehicle, and this was passed on to the owner to retrieve their vehicle. Kitimat RCMP are advising people who travel in the back country exploring/4x4’ing to carry weather appropriate supplies in case of similar circumstances.

On Friday April 17th at 1:21pm the Kitimat RCMP Detachment members were sent to a priority call reported as a male with an axe at the Giant spruce campground area. The investigation revealed that a male had gotten into an argument with his wife, and taken an axe to their camper damaging it, and had struck her in the hand causing an injury. The male was arrested and lodged in Kitimat RCMP Detachment cells, held for a remand hearing with a Justice of the Peace, and later released on conditions. The female was not cooperative with the investigation.

On Saturday April 18th at 1250am the Kitimat RCMP Detachment received a complaint of a disturbance in the area behind the Nalabilia Townhouse complex. Through investigation it was determined that a fight between two well-known individuals had taken place. One person was currently on a curfew and found to be in breach, they were held in custody. New charges were sworn and they consented to a remand in custody at the Kitimat RCMP Detachment until being dealt with by court in Terrace BC on Monday April 20th 2015.

On Saturday April 18th at 5:06am BC Ambulance requested the Kitimat RCMP attendance at a possible drug overdosed male at the Giant Spruce Campground area. This male was transported to the Kitimat General Hospital by BC Ambulance. At 840am another request for a drug overdosed male at The Giant Spruce campground was received, and it was determined that it was the same male from several hours prior. The complainant stated that they observed the male with a drug needle in his arm and he had just departed in a vehicle. Kitimat RCMP members located the male in a parked vehicle nearby, and roused him awake. A small quantity of drugs and paraphernalia was located beside him. It was later determined that the male was on court conditions to abstain from the possession of controlled substances, and was subsequently arrested for Breaching his conditions and released once able to care for himself.

On Sunday April 19th 2015 at midnight Kitimat RCMP members were making patrols of a local bar when they encountered a highly intoxicated woman. This person mistook the RCMP vehicle for a taxi cab and tried to get into it. The attending member attempted to drive the person to their residence where a sober person could care for them, without success. The woman was then lodged at the Kitimat RCMP Detachment for the evening and released once sober on Sunday morning without charges.

On Sunday April 19th at 0100hrs the Kitimat RCMP Detachment received a complaint of a vehicle in the ditch off Highway 37 north of Oolican Ave. Kitimat RCMP members arrived on scene and identified the driver. The driver admitted to the consumption of liquor on this evening, and that the vehicle belonged to a local business. An impaired investigation was conducted and the driver provided two samples reading “FAIL”. The driver was issued a 90 day prohibition from driving, and the vehicle was impounded for 30 day.

With the warmer weather The Kitimat RCMP are reminding the public to be Bear Aware in the Kitimat area this summer. Grizzly bears have been spotted 1st hand by Kitimat RCMP Detachment members within the township of Kitimat already this year, and in the rural areas.

The Kitimat Bear Aware program suggests reducing odours or attractants that bears will be lured to. The public is reminded that feeding bears (even unintentionally), is against the law in British Columbia (See Dangerous Wildlife Protection Act Sec 88.1)

If anyone has knowledge of this crime or any other or who is responsible, please contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit their web site at www.crimestoppers.ca. They are open 24/7. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. You do not have to give your name, address or telephone number and you do not need to testify in court. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award of up to $2000.00