Submitted by  Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Detachment Commander
Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, Apr. 4 through Apr. 10, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 73 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

• On Tuesday, Apr. 5, two pairs of hockey skates and a hockey stick were turned into the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment. The hockey equipment had been found in the Invermere area sometime over the winter. The owner can contact the Columbia Valley RCMP to claim the equipment.

• On Friday, Apr. 8, Columbia Valley RCMP received a number of vandalism complaints. Sometime overnight, six vehicles in Radium Hot Springs had their windows smashed. This appears to be a senseless act of vandalism and theft did not appear to be a motive. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.

• On Saturday, Apr. 9, an officer was conducting patrols in Radium Hot Springs and observed a suspicious black VW Rabbit. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the license plate had been stolen out of Calgary. The driver was issued a violation ticket for no insurance and the vehicle was impounded. The investigation into the stolen license plate is ongoing.

• On Saturday, Apr. 9, a number of mailboxes were broken into in Fairmont Hot Springs,Windermere and Invermere. 

• On Sunday, Apr. 10, police were alerted to three individuals associated to a black Mitsubishi SUV trying to break into a mailbox in Spillimacheen. The suspect vehicle departed northbound on Highway 95 and was located shortly afterward by Golden RCMP. The Mitsubishi was confirmed to be stolen out of Calgary and evidence of mail theft was located inside the car. Two adult males and an adult female were arrested for possession of stolen property. The investigation is ongoing.