Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Columbia Valley RCMP
This past week, January 28th through February 3rd, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 65 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to.
• On Monday, January 28th, officers were alerted to a possible stolen vehicle parked near a liquor store in Radium Hot Springs. Officers located the parked vehicle with two occupants in it. When officers compared the VIN on the vehicle registration to the VIN on the vehicle they confirmed the truck was stolen. Both occupants were arrested for possession of stolen property. During the search of the vehicle officers also located a quantity of controlled substances. Both occupants were released on conditions to appear in court at a later date to face charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
• On Wednesday, January 30th at about 8:45 a.m., officers received a report of a suspicious vehicle on Pontoon Road in Invermere. Officers located a maroon Ford F250 running with two occupants in the truck. The driver was determined to be a prohibited driver and the licence plate attached to the truck was discovered to be stolen. The driver was arrested for prohibited driving, possession of stolen property and failing to comply with a probation order.
• On Saturday, February 2nd at about 7 a.m., police received a report of a vehicle fire at the north end of Kootenay National Park. Banff Fire Department, Parks Canada and RCMP responded. The vehicle was identified as a 2004 Infinity FX35 stolen out of Calgary. The vehicle was unoccupied and no suspects were located in the vicinity.
• On Saturday, February 2nd at 2:40 p.m., a single vehicle rollover was reported on Highway 95 at the Edgewater Approach Road. The driver reported hitting a patch of ice in a curve and rolling his vehicle into the ditch. While police were at the scene, a second vehicle lost control in the same area and slid into the ditch. No injuries were sustained in either incident.
• On the afternoon of Saturday, February 2nd, the owner of a grey Subaru Impreza returned to her car which she had parked at Numa Falls in Kootenay National Park for the day, only to discover someone had smashed her driver’s side window and stolen a number of items including jewelry, a garage door opener and her friend’s wallet. The owner of the wallet learned his credit card had been used in Banff on the same afternoon. Police continue to investigate.