Submitted by  Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Detachment Commander
Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, Oct. 4 through Oct. 10, 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 Monday, Oct. 4, a gas station in Radium Hot Springs reported a delivery truck struck the canopy above the fuel pumps then departed on Highway 93. Surveillance video showed the driver strike the canopy, reverse, and then driveway. A Highway Patrol officer located the suspect vehicle and had the driver return to the scene. The driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to stop when in an accident resulting in damage to property. 

• On Tuesday, Oct. 5, a large gas powered rail drill was reported stolen from the back of a pickup truck sometime overnight while parked at a hotel on Highway 93/95 in Invermere. The drill was a TrackStar, model GCAFK with a Honda engine. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.  

• On Tuesday, Oct. 5, at about 10:30 p.m., a Radium Hot Springs resident reported two suspicious individuals walking down an alley. The individuals were dressed all in black and walking a dog. An officer conducted patrols and located a mountain bike and a fat bike stashed in the area. The owner of the bicycles reported them stolen on Oct. 8, and they have since been returned to the lawful owner. 

• On Wednesday, Oct. 6, a golf course near Brisco reported a theft of gasoline. Video surveillance was reviewed, and a suspect has been identified. The investigation is ongoing. 

• On Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:50 a.m., emergency crews responded to a commercial transport truck collision on Highway 95 near Edgewater. The driver of the southbound truck drifted off the right side of the highway into a ditch then came to rest in a field on its side. The driver was not injured, but a fence and a gate were damaged.