Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Columbia Valley RCMP
This past week, October 28th through November 3rd, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 71 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to.
• On Monday, October 28th Columbia Valley RCMP received 14 reports of thefts from vehicles, two thefts of vehicles and a theft of a cargo trailer. The thefts occurred in the Invermere and Windermere area. The suspects targeted unlocked vehicles and vehicles with keys left in them. Stolen from Pinetree Place in Invermere was an orange Dodge Journey which was recovered in Radium Hot Springs. Stolen from Swansea Road in Windermere was a Nissan Titan pickup which was recovered in Canmore, Alberta. Five wallets were among items stolen from the vehicles. Columbia Valley Detachment is working with their Alberta counterparts to investigate reported use of the stolen credit cards in Calgary. Police would like to thank the residents who have turned over video footage which captured a 2012-2015 four door Honda Civic in the vicinity of the thefts. Police are requesting residents review their video footage from Sunday and Monday to determine if they captured any suspicious activities. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Residents are reminded of simple measures they can take to prevent thefts:
Lock your vehicles. The majority of thefts of or from vehicles are crimes of opportunity. The criminals spend very little time at each vehicle. If your vehicle is locked they will typically carry on to the next vehicle until they find one that is unlocked.
Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Never leave wallets, passports or electronics in your vehicle. Even loose change can make your vehicle a target;
Never leave your vehicle running. As the temperatures drop, drivers are often tempted to leave their vehicles running unattended. This not only makes your vehicle an easy target for criminals but it is also an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Do not leave your garage door opener inside your vehicle. Even if your vehicle is broken into while you’re away from your residence there are typically documents in your vehicle with your home address.
• On Monday, October 28th at 10:20 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop with a Pontiac G6 on Columbia Avenue in Invermere. Upon speaking to the driver, the officer requested breath samples which the driver complied with. The driver provided two breath samples which both resulted in “fails”. As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and the driver’s vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
• On Tuesday, October 29th at about 8:15 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Panorama Drive. The driver and lone occupant of a brown Nissan Pathfinder lost control of her vehicle and went off the road and rolled into Toby Creek. The driver was not injured. The driver was served a violation ticket for failing to keep right.
• On Tuesday, October 29th, a resident on Copper Horn Drive in Radium Hot Springs reported a grey 2015 Chevy Trax with BC license plate PN048D was stolen from her residence sometime overnight. The vehicle has not yet been located.
• On Saturday, November 2nd at 11 p.m., the driver of a Dodge Durango came through a police road check that was being conducted in Fairmont Hot Springs. The driver confirmed he had consumed a few drinks prior to driving. A roadside breath test was administered which resulted in two “warns”. As a result, the driver was issued a 3-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition.
• On Sunday, November 3rd at 1 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a grey Pontiac Sunfire near the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce in Invermere. The driver was not able to produce a valid driver’s license or vehicle registration. The driver was discovered to be prohibited from driving. As a result, the driver was arrested for prohibited driving. During the traffic stop the officer also noticed a box full of stripped copper wire in the vehicle. The investigation into the source of the copper wire is ongoing. In addition to the prohibited driving offence, the driver was also issued a violation ticket for driving without insurance and no driver’s license.