Submitted by  Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Detachment Commander
Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, May 10 through May 16, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 66 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

•On Tuesday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m., an officer was conducting patrols in Radium Hot Springs when he observed a male he knew to have an outstanding warrant in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested the passenger for the warrant. The adult male was released later in the day by a Judge to attend court on a future date.

•On Thursday, May 13, an officer was conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 93/95 near Windermere when he observed a Ford F150 that was known to be operated by prohibited drivers. The officer conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver, who was not able to produce a driver’s license or vehicle registration. The driver was determined to be a prohibited driver and the attached license plate did not match the vehicle. The driver complied with a roadside breath demand and blew a “warn”. The driver was released on an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date, a 3-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and a violation ticket for no driver’s license, no insurance and wrong number plate. The vehicle was impounded for seven days. 

•On Friday, May 14, a 2010 GMC Canyon pickup was stolen sometime overnight from the Castlerock neighbourhood in Invermere. The abandoned GMC pickup was recovered in Calgary on May 16. 

•On Friday, May 14, several thefts from vehicles were also reported in Invermere. Sometime overnight, a wallet was stolen from an unlocked truck on Westside Park View, a purse was stolen from an unlocked van on Black Forest Trail, and an unlocked car in Castlerock was rummaged through. It was discovered that bankcards from the stolen wallet were used in Calgary earlier the same morning. Residents are once again reminded to remove the keys from their vehicles, lock their doors and remove any valuables.