By Sgt. Ed deJong

Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, October 9 to 16, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 88 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to:

On October 9 a member was conducting patrols for an unrelated file when they observed a white pickup truck with Alberta plates parked in a driveway. The truck was confirmed stolen out of Calgary and a male was arrested on outstanding warrants. The man was held in custody for court and the charges will be forwarded to Crown in relation to the stolen vehicle.

The Columbia Valley RCMP have received several reports of community mailboxes being broken into over the past week. It is likely the suspects are looking for government cheques. An investigation revealed a white, four- door hatchback may be related to the thefts. If anyone has information regarding these thefts, please contact the Columbia Valley RCMP at 250-342-9292.

There has been an increase in fraud/scammer complaints where victims are being convinced to purchase gift cards for various reasons. 

If anyone calls you and attempts to get you to purchase (and send) gift cards or any other item online, hang up and report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at