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 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

BODY  FOUND OF  MISSING WOMAN

Coroner says nopt5hing suspicious

CPL SASCHA BANKS

n January 13th, 2019 at 2:25 pm the Squamish RCMP received a call from a family member of Lorraine Prebushewski in Lions Bay.  Ms. Prebushewski was last seen at 10:00 am on Sunday and left on foot from the home she was staying at on Kelvin Grove Way, and she had not not been seen since.  Squamish RCMP, Lions Bay Search and Rescue, Coast Guard, and RCM SAR had conducted a large scale operation yesterday and throughout the day today.

At approximately 2:00 pm Squamish RCMP received a call from an off duty RCMP police officer regarding body he had located at Kelvin Grove Beach in Lions Bay.  RCMP attended and were able to recover the body of a woman with the assistance of Lions Bay SAR. All initial indicators point to the body belonging to Ms. Prebushewski but a final identification by the BC Coroner's Service is pending. There does not appear to be anything suspicious at this stage but the Squamish RCMP will be assisting the Coroner's Service over the next few days to determine any investigative avenues.

"The Squamish RCMP would like to thank all those involved is the search for Ms. Prebushewski over the last number of days, particularly Lions Bay SAR, the Coast Guard, and RCM SAR" stated Corporal Sascha Banks. "Also a thank you to the media for getting the information out about Ms. Prebushewski so quickly.  Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Ms. Prebushewski." 

 

 

 

 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018

 

INVEMERE RCMP

AVALANCHE  KILLS  FATHER, SON  MISSING

Snowmobile group of 9 caught in Columbia Valley

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

 

UPDATE: The body of a 24-year-old man who was believed to have been caught in an avalanche and been swept into the lake near Mount Brewer has been located and his body recovered.

he Columbia Valley RCMP and Columbia Valley Search and Rescue team attended to a fatal avalanche on Mount Brewer near Invermere this past weekend. Two men from a group of nine snowmobilers were swept away by the avalanche on Saturday. One male was recovered deceased and the other is missing presumed deceased.

On Saturday January 12, 2019 at approximately 2:50 pm (MST), the Columbia Valley RCMP was notified by the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre of an emergency beacon message regarding snowmobilers being caught in an avalanche on the East face of Mount Brewer, just southeast of Invermere.

A group of nine snowmobilers from Alberta (Calgary) were snowmobiling together. The avalanche was reportedly triggered after one of the snowmobilers was high marking. Columbia Valley RCMP requested the assistance of the local Search & Rescue team, who attended the location and recovered a 51-year-old male from Calgary. CPR was initiated and the male was flown to the Invermere and District Hospital where he was confirmed deceased.

A 24-year-old male from Calgary is still missing and believed to have been swept into a lake. The missing 24-year-old male is the son of the deceased 51-year-old male. The RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team attended on January 13th and search efforts will resume Monday morning.

No injuries were reported to the other seven snowmobilers.

 

 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

PERVERT  ON  THE  LOOSE

10-year-old girl grabbed

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an on-going investigation of an indecent act which involved an assault on a 10-year-old in the 6200-block of 144 Street, near Sullivan Heights Secondary School.

On January 10, 2019, shortly before 4 pm, Surrey RCMP received a report that a female child was walking behind the secondary school when an unknown male grabbed her hoodie from behind, tossed her to the ground, and then exposed his genitalia. The victim screamed and the suspect fled. The incident occurred at approximately 3 pm.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, possibly a teenager or in his early 20s, approximately 5’2” to 5’5”, with a normal build. He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up over his head and black pants. The suspect was last seen running westbound through the school’s parking lot towards 144 Street.

The Surrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit currently has conduct of the investigation with assistance from the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit.

Surrey RCMP are providing tips to the community regarding personal safety precautions:

• Don’t take short cuts. Use main routes, avoid lanes, forested or secluded areas.
• Walk with friends.
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
• Phone home when leaving a friend’s house and say when you will be home.
• Don’t assist strangers
• Trust your instincts and your feelings.
• Phone if you are going to be delayed, or if your plans change.

Anyone with information about this incident or may have dash-cam video is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018

 

IIOBC RCMP

TRUCK  CRASH  KILLS TWO  AFTER RCMP ATTEMPTED  TO  PULL  IT  OVER

Police looking for witnesses, dash cam footage

IIO BC

 

CMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which resulted in two people dying in a head on collision early this morning.

On January 14, just before 1 a.m., a Nanaimo RCMP officer observed a white, GMC pick-up truck leaving a residence in the Harewood Area near 10 Street. When the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop with the pick-up, the driver allegedly failed to stop and continued to the Trans Canada Highway.

 

The vehicle was last seen heading southbound in the northbound lane of the Trans Canada Highway. A two vehicle head-on collision, between the same GMC pick-up and another vehicle was located in the northbound lane.

The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. Their identities have not yet been confirmed.

The Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit with assistance from the RCMP Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services (ICARS) is conducting a concurrent investigation into the collision and are asking anyone with information to contact the Nanaimo RCMP.

The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the drivers’ deaths. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

 

 

 THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

Drugs and Bulletproof Vest Found in Bust

Two arrested, facing charges

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

t approximately 8:30 am on January 6, 2019, officers attended a business in the 2300-block of 160th Street in Surrey. The business was reporting that a man was attempting to use a credit card which did not bear his name.

 

Upon arrival investigator’s located the suspect, a male in his 30s from Langley, seated on the passenger side of a vehicle parked outside and arrested him for breaching his court ordered conditions.

 

During a search of the man, officers found him in possession of drug paraphernalia. and also located suspected illegal drugs in the vehicle.

 

A short time later a second man, in his 40s from Surrey, returned to the vehicle and was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

 

The investigation included a further search of the vehicle and as a result, police located and seized several items including a black tactical vest with a “Police” patch and a bag of suspected methamphetamine which estimated to be 548 doses.

 

“Particularly on the frontline of policing, there are no routine calls,” says Inspector Kevin Beson, Surrey RCMP ‘C’ Watch Duty Officer. “Our officers encounter challenges and situations on a regular basis, that present an opportunity to make the city a safer place, like in this instance where the officers were able to remove potentially illicit drugs from the street.”

 

The man who is alleged to have breached his conditions was held in custody, the second man was released as the investigation continues.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 

 THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

Man shot

Suspect caught later

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

n January 9, 2019 at approximately 11:15 pm, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers responded to a report of a shooting at a townhouse complex in the 9500 block of Prince Charles Boulevard. Police received information that a 17 year old male had been shot and transported to the hospital.

Once on scene, investigators located evidence consistent with shots being fired as well as a motor vehicle collision.

 

Investigator’s believe a light coloured Jeep Wrangler drove into a grey Toyota Sienna and then the driver of the Jeep fired a gun into the Sienna. Both vehicles then quickly left the area.

 

The Sienna attended Surrey Memorial Hospital as a passenger, a 17-year-old male, had serious but non-life threatening injuries from the shooting.

 

Shortly after the shooting, officers from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police located the suspect vehicle and took the driver into custody.

 

Both vehicles have been seized as part of the investigation.

 

Investigator’s believe this to be a targeted and isolated incident. Early indications are that this incident is not related to gang conflict or drug trafficking.  

 

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit now has conduct of the investigation, the driver remains in-custody and the investigation continues.

 

Anyone with information, witnessed this occurrence or have dash-cam video is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

TWO  GANG  MEMBERS ARRESTED

One released pending court, one remains in custody

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) has arrested two males in connection with an incident of failing to stop for police which occurred in the fall of 2018.

On October 25, 2018, SGET officers were strategically targeting individuals known to police with associations to the Lower Mainland gang conflict and attempted to stop a vehicle they suspected was involved in drug trafficking. The vehicle failed to stop and fled from police.

SGET members continued to investigate the incident and, on January 7, 2019, charges were approved and arrest warrants issued for two men who are alleged to be the occupants of the vehicle which fled from police on October 25th.

Both males, who are from Surrey, have been arrested on the following charges:

• Gurmeet MATHROO, 19, is charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and one count of obstructing a police officer;

• Anhad VIRK, 21, is charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and one count of obstructing a police officer.

VIRK is a current Provincial Tactical Enforcement Priority (PTEP) target, which is a multi-agency law enforcement information-sharing strategy that coordinates intelligence as it relates to gang and organized crime targets.

MATHROO has since been released and VIRK remains in-custody.

“This investigation is an example of Surrey RCMP’s diligence and dedication in investigating and interdicting individuals involved in the gang lifestyle in the Lower Mainland,” says Superintendent Shawn Gill, Community Services Officer. “Public safety remains the Surrey RCMP’s number one priority, our investigations do not simply end when a vehicle drives away."

 

 

 TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018

 

HARRISON/AGASSIZ RCMP

WOMAN TRAPPED IN PICKUP ON HARRISON FOREST SERVICE ROAD

Accident could have been worse with three children and man

VOICE STAFF

 

search was initiated after a missing alert Sunday afternoon . The truck was found at around 10pm. Reports were that a pickup truck went over a 30m embankment on Harrison East Forest Service Road. Luckily the truck didn't roll and a man and three kids self-rescued, however a woman's foot was trapped in the dash and slipping in and out of consciousness.

 

They were finally located just before 10 pm.
 

The terrain consisted of slippery rocks which made rescue difficult. Firefighters and SAR worked in unison to freeing the woman and brining her to safety.

Harrison engine 1-1, Rescue 1-4 responding. Agassiz 1-6. Kent SAR.


BCAS paramedics took her to the hospital with unknown injuries.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

COWBOY TRIES TO OUTRUN THE COPS

Spike belt used to stop the car on  Highway 1

SGT CHAD GREIG

 

n January 3, 2019, at approximately 8 pm, the Surrey RCMP received a report of a possible assault in progress in a vehicle.

 

The suspect’s vehicle was reported as a white BMW sedan and further investigation indicated it may have been en route to Chilliwack.

 

The BMW was located by a Lower Mainland Police Dog Service (LMD PDS) officer in the Chilliwack area.  As the officer pulled his police vehicle in behind the suspect’s vehicle, the driver quickly reversed and crashed into the police vehicle and fled the area.

 

A police pursuit ensued along Highway 1 from Chilliwack through Abbotsford and into Langley, involving police officers from those jurisdictions.  Believing the victim of the reported assault was still in the vehicle and to ensure their safety, a spike belt was deployed out of an abundance of caution.  The BMW came to a stop on Highway 1 near 232 Street where the alleged assault suspect was arrested. A passenger was located safe in the vehicle.

 

The investigation continues with the suspect in-custody to appear in court today.

 

“Thanks to the seamless collaboration between multiple jurisdictions, the suspect was successfully apprehended and the victim nor the public were put at further risk,” says Surrey RCMP Sgt. Chad Greig.  

 

Anyone who may have been in the area at that time or may have information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

Woman Grabbed

Victim fought back by biting suspect's hand, cops seek tips

SGT CHAD GREIG

 

n January 3, 2019 at approximately 5:30 am, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers responded to a report of an assault that occurred in the 12500-block of 72 Avenue.

 

The female victim, who is in her in 20s, was walking along 72 Avenue when she was grabbed from behind and “bear hugged”.  The victim screamed when the suspect covered her mouth with his hand.  The victim bit the suspect on the hand and freed herself from the suspect’s grip and ran away.

 

The suspect was described as a male with a beard, approximately 5 feet tall and had a medium build.

 

Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit is leading this investigation and are appealing to the public for any information that may lead to the suspect being identified.
 

Surrey RCMP are providing tips about personal safety precautions:

• Don’t take short cuts. Use main routes, avoid lanes, forested or secluded areas
• Walk in well lit areas
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
• Don’t assist strangers
• Trust your instincts and your feelings 

Anyone who may have been in the area at that time or may have information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

CHARGES LAID IN DRIVE-BY

Pair arrested

SGT CHAD GREIG

even criminal charges have now been laid against two individuals in connection to the shots fired that occurred in Guildford on January 2, 2018.

At approximately 6:40 pm, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers responded to multiple 911 calls of shots being fired in the 14000-block of 115A Avenue. Three individuals were arrested that evening. One individual was released without charge while two men from Surrey have been formally charged (previous release).

Christopher BOUCHER, 30 years-old, has been charged with one count of Unlawfully discharging a prohibited or restricted firearm, one count of Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, one count of Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm without being the holder of an authorization or license and one count of Occupying a vehicle knowing there was a prohibited or restricted firearm in the vehicle.

Jamie TIMBS, 42 years-old, has been charged with one count of Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, one count of Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm without being the holder of an authorization or license and one count of Occupying a vehicle knowing there was a prohibited or restricted firearm in the vehicle.

“Thanks to the detailed information provided by witnesses and quick response by our Frontline officers, we were able to apprehend the suspects quickly,” says Superintendent Elija Rain, Investigative Services Officer. “Members of our General Investigation Unit believe that this was a targeted incident related to a personal dispute. We do not believe it was related to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.”

 

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

This marks Surrey’s first shots fired investigation in 2019. The City experienced 38 shots fired incidents in 2018, a 36% decrease from 2017 and a 57% reduction since 2015.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

MOTHER  AND  TWO  CHILDREN  BARELY  SURVIVE CARBON  MONOXIDE  POISONING

One child remains in hospital

SGT JUDY BIRD

n December 26, 2018 at 8:23pm, Abbotsford Emergency Services attended the 33700-block of Clayburn Rd in response to a report of a motorist and passengers in medical distress.  

Upon arrival, a mother and her two children aged 3 and 5, were located unresponsive in a Toyota Corolla.  All three were transported to hospital in critical condition.  

Initially this appeared to be a single vehicle collision.  Abbotsford Police Detectives have determined that the vehicle came to rest against a guard rail after the driver pulled over to the side the road. All three occupants were overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning prior to being discovered by two citizens passing by.

Assistant Fire Chief Craig Bird of the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service notes:

“Carbon monoxide, or ‘CO’, is an odorless, colorless gas found in fumes produced by burning fuel.  CO poisoning symptoms are often described as “flu-like”, and include headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.  Prolonged exposure can lead to death.

Vehicular CO poisoning is most frequently caused by a vehicle being left running in an enclosed area.  In these circumstances, CO can build rapidly to toxic levels.  Never leave a motorized vehicle running in a garage or other confined space. Less common, but equally dangerous, is CO poisoning caused by exhaust fumes leaking into the passenger compartment of a vehicle.  If you suspect your vehicle has an exhaust leak, please take it to a certified mechanic for inspection and repair.”

Fortunately, the prognosis for all victims is positive.  Today, the mother and her 5 year old child were released from hospital.  The 3-year-old remains in hospital in stable condition, and is expected to be released early next week.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018

 

KELOWNA RCMP

SENIOR DIES AFTER FIGHT AT CARE HOME

Police are investigating

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

he Kelowna RCMP and the BC Coroners Services are continuing their investigation into the recent death of a senior citizen, following an altercation with another care home resident.  

The Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit and the BC Coroners Services, are investigating the sudden death of a ninety year-old female that occurred on December 19, 2018. The woman had previously received medical treatment following an altercation with another resident of a care facility which had occurred on December 18, 2018.

 

The woman passed away shortly after her release from hospital care.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018

 

SICAMOUS RCMP

WANTED: MICHAEL TROSKY

Cops clamp down on wrong suspect

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

 

heavy police presence in the Kappel Street, Sicamous area on January 2, 2019 was a result of the Sicamous and Salmon Arm RCMP’s joint investigation into locating Michael Trosky, wanted on a number of outstanding warrants. Police are seeking public assistance in locating the man, as Trosky was not located.

 

On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, the Sicamous RCMP attempted to execute a warrant for the arrest of 28-year-old Michael Trosky, who was believed to be at a Kappel Street residence in Sicamous. A heavy police presence was seen throughout the operation, with resources from the Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT), Southeast District Traffic Services, Salmon Arm GIS, GD and Sicamous GD and Police Dog Services (PDS).

 

As officers conducted surveillance and secured the area, they observed a male believed to be Trosky depart the residence in a vehicle with a female.

 

An ERT member blocked the vehicle's path with his truck while a North Okanagan PDS member boxed in the driver side of the vehicle causing heavy damage to the vehicle and light damage PDS vehicle, in order to ensure that the driver could not flee.
 

Both were arrested and the driver was confirmed not to be Trosky, however, the man was arrested for prohibited driving and later released with a court date.

 

The vehicle was impounded for 7 days under the MVA due to the Prohibited Driving Charge. The female was released by police without charges.

 

Officers at the scene then ordered the occupants inside the residence to exit at which time a female tenant complied. ERT members safely cleared the residence, however TROSKY was not located.

 

Michael Trosky is wanted for 3 Unendorsed Warrants for charges including Evading Police, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failing to Comply, Breach, Theft of Mail, Theft Under. He is wanted by police jurisdictions including Salmon Arm & Dawson Creek detachments on warrants for two separate flight from police incidents, Stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

 

 

 THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

SHOTS FIRED

Mounties look for clues, three suspects held

CPL ELENORE STURKO

t approximately 6:40 P.M. on January 2nd, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 14000-block of 115A Ave., Surrey, B.C. Evidence was located confirming that shots had been fired. 

Initial reports indicated that a Dark Coloured S.U.V. was observed driving away from the area with its headlights off.  A similar vehicle was located, and 3 persons have been detained.
 

Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information. The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that this is a targeted incident. 

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed this indent, observed a dark coloured S.U.V. fleeing from the area, or in the area are asked to call the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers in reference to Surrey File # 2019-000878.


 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2018

 

WILLIAMS LAKE RCMP

DRUG RODEO

Six Arrests Linked to Cocaine

INSP. JEFF PELLEY

he Williams Lake RCMP have effectively disrupted and charged multiple individuals believed to be responsible for a multiple layered drug trafficking operation within the City of Williams Lake. Project EPelargic had commenced for multiple months throughout 2018. A comprehensive investigation was led by the Williams Lake General Investigation while being supported by the Cariboo Chilcotin Crime Reduction Unit, Police Dog Services, General Duty Uniform Section and Traffic Services. This investigation resulted in multiple arrests, multiple search warrants and a substantial seizure of cocaine and cash.

The following individuals have been charged with the identified offences under the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substance Act:

• Janine Emma Alphonse with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance identified as cocaine;
• Nolan Basil Harford with one count of trafficking a controlled substance identified as cocaine;
• Justin Kyle Williams with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance identified as cocaine;
• Tye Christopher Jeff with three counts of trafficking a controlled substance and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance, all identified as cocaine;
• Brian Mathew Dorsey with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance identified as cocaine; • Brandon Kyle Wijma with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance identified as cocaine;
• Jeremy William Squires, of Port Coquitlam, with one count of possession of Canadian currency in excess of $5000 knowing the property was obtained as proceeds of crime.

Community safety being enhanced through targeting offenders actively involved in the drug trafficking trade in Williams Lake and its surrounding communities continue to be a priority of the Williams Lake R.C.M.P. This investigation is a testament to the all the officers involved and their dedication focusing on community safety while targeting those believed to responsible from multiple communities.

 

 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

WANTED: GEORGE GETTINGS

Police looking for tips on whereabouts

SGT TYLER WICKWARE

urrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 
George Gettings, who is wanted on an outstanding warrant. 

George Gettings, of no fixed address, is currently wanted on a warrant for uttering threats. 
Police believe he may currently be in the downtown Vancouver area. 

Gettings is described as a 55-year-old, Caucasian male, 5'11, 190lbs, with light brown hair and blue eyes. 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of George Gettings 
is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, quoting file number 2018-192125. 
If you see this individual, please do not approach him and call 911. 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

BAIT CHRISTMAS PACKAGES

Three arrests vs seven Good Samaritans

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

n the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) conducted a “bait package” project in two local malls with somewhat surprising results.

PCTT investigators placed packages containing name brand electronics and jewelry boxes in bags from local merchants in areas around the shopping mall such as the food court and seating areas.  Plainclothes investigators conducted surveillance on the packages to see if any thieves would take advantage of the situation.

 

During the five day project, three male suspects ranging in age from 32 to 35 were arrested for theft of a “bait package”.  

 

All subjects had a history of property crime or related criminal code offences. They have all since been released to appear in court on later dates while the investigations continue.

 

Investigators were pleasantly surprised by the number of Good Samaritans who observed the unattended package and turned it in to a customer service booth or security guard, or simply watched over the package in hopes of the owner returning.  In all, these simple acts of kindness occurred seven times throughout the operation.

 

“This is the first time our PCTT

 

 

 has done a bait package project in Surrey,” says Staff Sergeant Mike Hall, Acting Pro-Active Enforcement Officer. “Only having three subjects steal the package compared to the seven individuals who did the right thing was quite refreshing, especially around the holiday season.”

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2018

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

CHRISTMAS DAY SHOOTING

Police reach out to the community for tips

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n December 25, at 8:12 pm, North Vancouver RCMP responded to reports of a shooting in a parkade at the 600-block of Seylynn Crescent.  Police and paramedics arrived and found 25-year-old Rock Habib-Joumaa of North Vancouver, with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at scene. Mr. Habib-Joumaa’s name is being released to assist in the investigation.

 

Mr. Habib-Joumaa is known to police, but does not have a Criminal Record. The investigation is at its earliest stages but information thus far indicates this was a targeted shooting. IHIT detectives are looking for two persons who were in and around that area and may be connected to the shooting.

 

IHIT is currently on scene and investigating with the assistance of the North Vancouver RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, and the BC Coroners Service. 

 

IHIT detectives continue to gather forensic evidence, while canvassing for additional witnesses and video surveillance. 

 

“This shooting violated the tranquility of the holidays. There are people out there who knew of Mr. Habib-Joumaa’s activities or have seen the two persons of interest” says Corporal David Lee of IHIT. “We ask anyone with information, or video in the area of 600 block of Seylynn Crescent, to contact IHIT immediately.”

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2018

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

BODY FOUND

Police say doesn't appear to be foul play

SGT JUDY BIRD

esterday afternoon at approximately 1:19 pm, Abbotsford Police Patrol officer were called to rural property in the 29700-block of Maclure Road. Police were directed to a pond where they located a deceased man.

Abbotsford Police Patrol officers, Forensic Identification members, Major Crime detectives and BC Coroner Services attended the scene. APD is in the earliest stages of this investigation; however, this does not appear to be a suspicious death at this time.

Additional information will be available as further forensic work is completed and the investigation progresses. Anyone with information about this incident should call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text APD at 222973 (abbypd), or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

 

KELOWNA RCMP

Cops Plug Drug "Conduit"

Plethora of illegal drugs and weapons confiscated

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

 

n December 19th, 2018, The Kelowna Drug Unit executed a search warrant in the 500-Block of Valley Rd.

This investigation targeted a 32-year-old male who is a member of the Independent Soldiers Gang, which uncovered a conduit of drugs being trafficked throughout the Okanagan Valley and directly to some of Kelowna’s most vulnerable persons associated to a support shelter.

The search warrant resulted in the seizure of a Conducted Energy Weapon, Canadian currency, what is believed to be fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, shatter, oxycontin, methamphetamine, over 1000 various pills, numerous stolen credit cards ID’s, passports, and drug paraphernalia.   

A 32-year-old male who is a member of the Independent Soldiers Gang, as well as a 44-year-old male associate may be facing numerous drug and weapon related charges.

“The result of this investigation and drugs seized by the Kelowna Drug Unit, will have a direct impact on the drug supply to not only the vulnerable persons and others in Downtown Kelowna, but also throughout the Okanagan Valley” stated Cpl Jeff Carroll of the Kelowna RCMP Drug Unit. 

 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

 

WEST KELOWNA RCMP

DEATH THREATS AIMED AT COPS

One man arrested at his home

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

he West Kelowna RCMP arrested a male suspect at his West Kelowna home Friday afternoon, after receiving reports that the man had allegedly made threats of violence towards police.

On Friday, mid-morning December 21, 2018, the West Kelowna RCMP received a report that 38-year-old West Kelowna man had allegedly uttered threats of violence against police. The man was believed to be in the Kelowna area and was eventually located at his home in the 3000-block of McMahon Rd in West Kelowna late Friday morning. 

Police believed that the man may have had access to firearms and took precautionary measures by containing the immediate area and seeking the support of the Southeast District Emergency Response Team. West Kelowna Fire Dept, gas utilities and city works staff were also notified after police confirmed that the man had damaged a natural gas line in the home. 

Shortly after 12:00 pm the male was taken into custody without incident and the gas leak was safely taken care of.  

The male was taken into police custody and transported to receive any required medical treatment and assessment required.

 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

 

100 MILE HOUSE RCMP

SUSPICIOUS DEATH

Cops throw resources at killing

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Wednesday December 19 2018, at 11:35 PM 100 Mile House RCMP were called to a residence on Wolfe Road in the Horse Lake area. Upon police arrival an adult male at the residence was deceased.

The death is suspicious in nature and as a result 100 Mile House RCMP called for assistance from North District Major Crime.

North District Major Crime has assumed conduct of the investigation and is being supported by the 100 Mile House Detachment and several other investigative support units.

To protect the integrity of the investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information on this is asked to call the 100 Mile House RCMP at 250 395-2456 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477

 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

 

RICHMOND RCMP

MALL SHOOTING

Mounties reach out to the community for tips

CPL JANELLE SHOILET

ichmond RCMP is seeking witnesses to an early morning shooting which occurred outside a local shopping centre.

Just after 7:30 a.m. this morning, December 21, 2018, Richmond RCMP were called to the 5300-block of No. 3 Road, to assist BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) paramedics who were responding to a possible shooting victim.

Upon arrival, police located a man suffering from gunshot injuries. He was transported to hospital in serious condition.

This investigation is the early stages and details surrounding the incident have not been determined at this time.

The parking lot at the shopping centre, starting at Home Sense and extending to the north of the mall is currently cordoned off, while the investigation is ongoing.

We are currently in the evidence gathering stage and do not have a timeline with respect to when the areas around the mall will be re-opened, states Sgt. Kyle Simpson of the Richmond RCMP. We appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience during the holiday season and ask for your continued patience as we investigate this significant incident.

Richmond RCMP are asking anyone who may have been a witness to this event and have not already spoken to police to call 604-278-1212 and cite file 2018-41056.

 

 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

 

KELOWNA RCMP

Suspicious Vehicle Fire

Police look to the community for leads

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

 

he Kelowna RCMP are currently investigating a structure fire which occurred Wednesday night on Royal Ave. Kelowna Fire Dept and police attended the scene where they found a pick-up truck parked in a carport engulfed in flames, which had then spread to the structure.  

On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, the Kelowna RCMP were requested by the Kelowna Fire Dept to assist with a vehicle and structure fire in the 400 block of Royal Avenue, in Kelowna.

Fire crews and police found a pick-up truck parked in a carport engulfed in flames, with the fire having spread to the structure. Investigators have confirmed that the fire originated in the pick-up truck box and has been deemed as suspicious. The Kelowna RCMP General Investigation Section continuing their scene examination on Thursday.

The Kelowna RCMP asks that anyone with information contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.    

 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

 

PENTICTON RCMP

Stolen Car Leads to Arrests

Man struggled to get free from cops

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

 

s a result of a resident reporting a suspicious vehicle in the White Lake Rd area on Wednesday, police attended and located a stolen vehicle and arrested the two occupants.

On Wednesday afternoon, December 19, 2018, the Penticton RCMP received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1600-block of White Lake Rd. Officers attended and located a Red Honda Civic bearing a stolen Alberta licence plate with ignition damage visible. Further investigation revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Surrey.

After a short struggle the male driver was taken into custody. The female passenger, was subsequently arrested as well. Multiple B&E tools were located in the vehicle.  The male matched the suspect description involved in a Keremeos break and enter into a business the night prior.

The investigation continues alleging that the pair were involved in multiple offences. Both have significant criminal records and are being held for a JP hearing.

 

 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

 

TERRACE

Man Killed in November Hit and Run

Family reaches out to the driver to "do the right thing" and come forward

CPL MIKE HASLOV, BC RCMP TRAFFIC SERVICES

 

n November 18, 2018 thirty-year-old Cameron Kerr was killed by a hit and run driver on Highway 16, just west of Terrace, BC.

Cameron’s family is once again pleading for the driver responsible to “do the right thing” and turn himself in to police. “A month has passed since Cameron’s death and our family continues to grieve his loss,” says Garrett Kerr. “We are asking the driver responsible to please come forward and admit what you have done. Anyone who has information about my brother’s death, please contact the police.
 

Cameron was a kind, caring human being who had a passion for hunting, the outdoors and sports and he was taken from us far too soon.”

“As the holidays near, police and members of Cameron’s family are very confident that people who know the driver have vital information about this case and hope that person’s conscience will prevail and he or she will come forward with information,” says Sgt. Shawn McLaughlin of West Pacific Region Traffic Services. “The scope of this case extends well beyond the local area and the people with information may be from the Lower Mainland, where investigators are ready to speak with you.”

Seasoned police officers with Traffic Services’ Criminal Collision Investigation Team are continuing to investigate this file utilizing all legal means available to bring the responsible driver to justice. “We are giving this file, which has all the complexities of a homicide investigation, our full attention,” says Staff Sergeant Raj Sidhu, Commander of North District Traffic Services. “We will not relent until the driver responsible is charged.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Sgt. Shawn McLaughlin with West Pacific Region Traffic Services at 250-638-7438 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
(TIPS), quoting file 2018-11029.

 

 

 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

CITIZEN ARRESTS THIEF

Police advise not to take the law into their own hands because someone may be seriously injured

CPL RICHARD DE JONG

resident of the Deep Cove area in North Vancouver was outside his residence at approximately 5:30 am on December 19, 2018 when he observed an unknown male person inside his car. The homeowner physically restrained the 25-year-old man until police arrived.

Ultimately, the man was arrested on charges of theft from auto. The person arrested, who is well-known to police, is believed to be involved in similar thefts from vehicles and other offences in North Vancouver. The person of interest, of no fixed address, will appear in court later today.

"The citizen who managed to restrain the suspect was not injured and his neighbours called 9-1-1 immediately," said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. "However, police do not encourage anyone to approach any suspect engaged in criminal activity."

Police would like to remind the public to always lock their vehicles and keep all valuables secure or hidden. By taking steps to lock vehicles and remove objects from view the risk of being a victim of this type of crime is greatly reduced. For more tips on how to protect your property go to BC.RCMP.CA.

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018

 

PRINCETON RCMP

USD  COUNTERFEITER  CAUGHT

Police arrest miscreant in trailer

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

 

he Princeton RCMP have arrested a male believed to be connected with a group who over the month of December was responsible for circulating counterfeit US bills.

On December 12, 2018 Princeton RCMP located a suspect vehicle in Coalmont, that was believed to be associated to the recent passing of Counterfeit US $50 bills. The vehicle fled from members into an isolated secluded mountainous area. Princeton members along with Merritt RCMP and Police Dog Service Team contained the area in an attempt to arrest the occupant.

The vehicle was located and the driver attempted to evade police, ramming a police vehicle before getting high centered. The driver fled the area on foot but was tracked down by the police dog team as he hiding along a river bank. The 49-year-old male was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer, and flight from police. A search warrant was prepared and executed for a travel trailer that belonged to the accused, further evidence to support Production of Counterfeiting and possession was obtained.

The accused is believed to one of four person involved and the group is from Vancouver Island.

The man appeared in court on December 14, 2018 and was released on a recognizance with several conditions.

 

 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP UFVRD

Vehicle Smash and Grab

Police arrest two prolific offenders

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

he investigation stemmed from a report received by RCMP on December 8, 2018 of a smash and grab theft from a vehicle parked in the 45000-block of Menholm Road.  Evidence gathered by the Chilliwack Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) quickly linked the theft to a local prolific offender who police arrested on December 11, 2018.  A porcelain tool was seized by officers during the arrest.   

 

“Thieves often employ a porcelain spark plug attached to a string to break windows out of vehicles,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD. “As CRU officers continued to pursue leads an address was identified.”

 

On December 12, 2018 CRU supported by the Chilliwack Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) executed a search warrant at an address in the 46000-block of Bole Avenue.  A 41- year- old- man was arrested and later released by police.

 

Property and identification associated to the theft from December 8th were seized by officers during the search.

 

Branden Paul Tanner, 20, of Chilliwack is charged with theft over $5000, four counts of fraud, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, two counts of possession of break-in instrument, possession of a forged document, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of and breach of undertaking. Mr. Tanner remains in custody pending a court date in December.

 

“RCMP investigators will be submitting all circumstances of the investigation in a report to Crown Counsel for their assessment of charges against the 41 year old man,” says Rail.

 

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

 MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP UFVRD

THE  SPIRITS  OF  CHRISTMAS

Operation Rednose a good to get home

CPL MIKE RAIL

CMP and local liquor stores are spreading the message school kids are sending to motorists over the Christmas Season – Don’t Drink and Drive.

Paper bags collected from four local Liquor Stores by a Chilliwack RCMP officer were offered to the students of six elementary schools for their artistic statements cautioning motorists not to drink and drive. With art completed the bags were returned to the stores for circulation to consumers.

“Our goal is to heighten awareness to the danger and the prevention of impaired driving in the community during the Holiday Season,” said Constable Zachary Leheniuk of the Chilliwack RCMP.

With December’s CounterAttack campaign underway the RCMP will also be doing their part to remove impaired drivers from roadways through enhanced traffic enforcement over the holiday season.

“We encourage motorists to listen to the kids and arrange ahead of time for a safe ride home if ‘spirits’ are part of plan,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

Plan a safe trip home:

• Arrange for a designated driver.
• Travel by public transit or taxi.
• Stay overnight.

Available Fridays and Saturdays after 9 p.m. during the month of December Operation Red Nose drivers can be contacted at 604-393-3000 to provide a means of getting home safely.

 

 

 MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

 

SIDNEY RCMP

THIEVES STEAL GOLD AND JEWELS IN BREAK-IN

Police look to the community for leads

CPL CHRIS MANSEAU

 

n December Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Detachment responded to a Break & Enter where several unique pieces of jewelry were stolen which could easily be identified. There was also a collection of gold coins, pocket watches, and a sum of gold Krugerrands.

 

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP are continuing to investigate several leads. These items are unconventional and exclusive and will immediately arouse suspicion should they materialize for sale or trade.

If you have been the victim of a similar crime, or with any information pertaining to this or any other crime, you are urged to contact the Sidney / North Saanich RCMP Detachment, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS

 

 

 MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

SURREY'S  LATEST  LAWLESSNESS

COps ask for help locating top ten nefarious miscreants

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s help to track down a number of people on our naughty list this holiday season. (See photo attached).

The following prolific offenders have outstanding warrants in Surrey and our officers would like to see them apprehended before the new year so that everyone can have a safe and happy holiday season.

1. Yannick LePage, 39-years-old
Wanted for: Failure to Comply with Probation x 2, Drive While Prohibited x 2

2. Brett Bessembinders, 29-years-old
Wanted for: Breach Undertaking, Obstruct Police Officer, Drive While Prohibited

3. Abbie Lee, 43-years-old
Wanted for: Break and Enter to Commit Offence

4. Daylen Pike, 20-years-old
Wanted for: Breach of Undertaking

5. Bryce Telford, 21-years-old
Wanted for: Breach of Undertaking, Dangerous Operation Motor Vehicle, Drive While Prohibited

6. Cyra Smith, 27-years-old
Wanted for: Drive While Prohibited

7. Derek Chapman, 34-years-old
Wanted for: Mischief, Breach of Undertaking

8. David Cline, 54-years-old
Wanted for: Deal with Identity Document, Identity Theft

9. Ante Dragusica, 43-years-old
Wanted for: Robbery, Theft of Motor Vehicle, Mischief x 2, Unlawful Possession of ID Document x2, Identity Theft, Unauthorised Use of Credit Card Data

10. Dillon Rawlinson, 26-years-old
Wanted for: Fail to Comply with Probation, Theft Under $5,000, Possess Firearm While Prohibited

“We are asking for the public’s help with any information on these persons’ whereabouts,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “We know that prolific offenders account for a high percentage of crimes in our community, and have a significant impact on public safety. To the individuals on this list, take this opportunity to make a fresh start for 2019, by turning yourselves in.”

Anyone with more information on these individual’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

 

CLEARWATER RCMP

SPIKE  BELT  STOPS  STOLEN  TRUCK

Two arrested in chase incident

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

wo Prince George men were taken into custody by the Clearwater RCMP, following an attempt to evade police through several jurisdictions in a stolen vehicle last Wednesday. Police are seeking witnesses and dash cam footage.

On Wednesday December 12, 2018 at approximately 2:06 PM, McBride RCMP members attempted to stop a White Ford F450 truck with Alberta licence BBY0780, which was towing a jet boat along Hwy 16 east near McBride. The Truck drove away at high speeds and failed to stop for police. Given the dangerous driving observed, the McBride RCMP did not pursue the vehicle any further and neighbouring RCMP detachments along Hwy 16 were advised of the situation.

The Valemount RCMP were unsuccessful in their attempts to assist near the junction of Hwy 16 and Hwy 5, as the vehicle exited onto Highway 5 towards the Clearwater area. A second vehicle stop was then attempted near Valemount, but the vehicle failed to stop and increased speeds again and the vehicle continued south on Hwy 5 towards Clearwater.

At approximately 2:56 PM patrolling officers located the boat and trailer left dumped in the middle of Hwy 5 just south of Valemount. It was also confirmed that the truck had been stolen from Calgary and e the boat stolen from Grand Prairie, Alberta.

Central Interior Traffic Services, RCMP Air Services, Kamloops and Prince George K-9 units, and the Clearwater RCMP converged and patrolled Hwy 5 northeast of Clearwater, and a short time later the suspect truck was spotted by police heading south on Hwy 5 past Blue River towards Clearwater.

The Clearwater RCMP utilized a spike belt, successfully disabling the suspect vehicle as it entered their jurisdiction. The stolen truck was slowed however the driver continued to drive on bare rims and was observed eventually coming to a stop on Hwy 5 at Hoirup Rd North in the Vavenby area.

The 2 male suspects fled on foot and police set a perimeter with several K-9 units converging to track the suspects. Highway 5 was closed for a short period during this time but was eventually reopened.

At 6:00 pm, a 29 year-old male suspect from Prince George was apprehended and taken to cells.

A total of 3 K-9 units and several Clearwater members continued to search for the other suspect until nightfall at which time the search was suspended.

The following day in on Thursday morning, a resident in the area called police to advise them of a prowler on their property, at which time the search resumed. A 32-year-old Prince George suspect was located shortly thereafter by Clearwater members with the assistance of a Kamloops K-9 unit. The man was located hiding up a tree after the dog had tracked to the tree trunk and began circling it. He was taken into custody without incident.

The investigation is ongoing and spans multiple jurisdictions, both suspects are facing a multitude of charges including possession of stolen property and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk

Given the speeds and erratic driving displayed by the suspects, in a stolen truck towing a stolen boat from the Alberta Border into B.C., this incident could have had a very different and potentially tragic outcome. As it was, due to a professional and measured response by all involved the outcome was instead a positive and successful one with some learning opportunities gained as well added Sgt Gord Simpson of the Clearwater RCMP.

The Clearwater RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance and ask that anyone having any information associated to this matter, or possibly having dash cam footage of the truck involved (White Ford F450 truck with Alberta licence BBY0780 is asked to contact the McBride RCMP 250-569-2255 or Clearwater RCMP 250-674-2237.

 

 

 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018

 

SALMON ARM RCMP

MANIAC  ARRESTED

Purse snatcher tried too overpower female taxi driver

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

 

n December 10, 2018, at approximately 6 PM the Salmon Arm RCMP attended to a complaint that a purse was stolen from Shuswap Lakes General Hospital. The male fled the hospital on foot toward McGuire Lake.

 

Police quickly attended to the area and located a male who had just assaulted a female taxi driver and was attempting to steal her car. The taxi operator was not injured. The male, a 25-year-old with no fixed address, was arrested for Robbery, Theft, Fraud and Obstruction of a Police Officer.

 

During the ensuing investigation it was learned that the male had been released to appear in court in another BC Town for property crime offences just a day before.

 

The Salmon Arm RCMP officers held the male in custody and he appeared in court where the judge kept him in custody and he is now safely off the streets awaiting trial.

 

The local investigation is continuing and further charges may be recommended.

 

 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

POLICE  TAKE  DOWN  HUGE  PILL  LAB

60,000 meth doses, 4.5 million cocaine doses

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is pleased to share with the public that a significant drug seizure was made in the Newton area of Surrey.  

On November 29, 2018, a search warrant was executed on two different units at a storage facility located in the 7200 block of 132 Street, as part of an on-going investigation.
 
As a result of the search, police located approximately 6 kilograms of suspected Methamphetamine, which is the equivalent of approximately 60,000 doses.
 
Police also seized 227 kilograms of phenacetin, a pain killer which is used by drug traffickers as a cutting agent to make cocaine more profitable. The quantity of phenacetin seized in this investigation was enough for traffickers to have produced approximately, 4.5 million doses of street level cocaine.
 
Phenacetin, also known as “Super Buff”, is very valuable in its present form and would be highly sought after by organized criminal groups.
 
A large industrial pill press and other tools and equipment associated to the clandestine manufacturing of pharmaceutical look-a-likes were also located. Including dies for more than 100 individual types of tablets. This equipment had the capacity, and police believe it has been used, to produce high quality counterfeit prescription pills.
 
Preliminary tests of residue found on the manufacturing equipment were positive for fentanyl.
 
Along with the pill manufacturing equipment, police also located approximately 20 kilograms of pill binding agent and other chemicals associated to clandestine pill production.
 
“Over the past few years we have seen the effects of illicit drugs in our community. Not only has it led to tragic over-dose deaths, but the illegal drug trade has also contributed to violent disputes involving gang members and associates,” said Superintendent Shawn Gill, Surrey RCMP Community Services Officer. “By making this seizure, we are reducing the potential for harm among our vulnerable people in the community and impacting the individuals who put the public at risk with their actions.” 
 
This was a sophisticated illegal operation which investigators have tied the Lower Mainland Gang conflict. With its size and scope, it is also believed that this operation supplied drugs beyond Surrey’s borders.

No charges have been laid at this time, as the investigation is continuing.  
Anyone with more information about this or other criminal activity is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018

 

WILLIAMS LAKE RCMP

SUSPICIOUS  DEATH

Police reach out to the community for tips and leads

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

n Tuesday December 11 2018 at 9:35 PM, Williams Lake RCMP were called to a residence on Mountain House Road.

Upon attendance police discovered an adult male was deceased. The death is suspicious in nature resulting in Williams Lake RCMP calling for assistance from North District Major Crime.

North District Major Crime has assumed conduct of the investigation and is being supported by the Williams Lake Detachment and several other investigative support units.

Anyone with information on this is asked to contact the Williams Lake RCMP at 250 392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477

To protect the integrity of the investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

 

 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018

 

CRESTON RCMP

SHOCKING  SEXUAL  ASSAULT

Woman bound and sexually assaulted in her own car

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

he Creston RCMP are currently investigating a violent incident which occurred Tuesday evening, involving a Creston woman being forced into her vehicle and sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance seeking witnesses or information.

On Tuesday December 11, 2018 at approximately 11:00 pm the East Kootenay Regional Hospital contacted the Creston RCMP to advise that they were treating a 47-year-old Creston woman who had reported being forcibly confined and sexually assaulted earlier that evening.

The victim stated to RCMP investigators that at approximately 7:00 pm she was transferring items from her vehicle to her house while parked in the alley behind the 1100 Block of Hillside Drive in Creston when she was accosted from behind by an unknown assailant who forced her into her vehicle. The suspect covered the woman’s head with what appeared to be bags, and bound her hands and feet with tape. The suspect then drove the woman’s vehicle, a 2008 Grey Pontiac Wave Hatchback away, with her in it.

The suspect drove the victim east out of Creston on Highway 3 and at one point on Highway 3 the suspect pulled over and sexually assaulted the victim. The suspect then continued east on Highway 3 and once near Cranbrook the suspect stopped the vehicle and fled on foot. The victim was able to free herself from the restraints and drove herself to Cranbrook where she received assistance.

The Creston RCMP is seeking any possible witnesses who may have seen something at the woman’s residence or along the route. Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Creston RCMP at 250-428-9313 or via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 Monday, DECEMBER 10, 2018

 

SICAMOUS RCMP

SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE

Victim could not be revived after rollover into

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

he Sicamous RCMP has confirmed that a snowmobiling incident resulted in the death of a Sicamous man, on Sunday December 9, 2018.

On Sunday December 9, 2018, at 2:55 pm, the Sicamous RCMP received a report of a possible fatal snowmobile accident in the Queest Mt Forest Service Road area north of Sicamous. Police were advised that the man had been guiding a group of 5 others snowmobilers when his snowmobile accidentally rolled into a creek bed and pinned him underneath. CPR was administered by the group however they were unable to revive the 51-year-old man.

The Shuswap Search and Rescue Team (SSAR) was activated by the Sicamous RCMP and were able to get to locate the group and confirmed the fatality. The SSAR technicians were able to get the other snowmobilers out of the area, however, the removal of the deceased was not possible at that time due to the terrain, darkness and weather conditions.

Police are providing support to the man’s next of kin.

The Sicamous RCMP continues to assist the BC Coroners Service with their investigation into the incident and the man’s death. Efforts to remove the deceased are to resume on Monday.

 

 Monday, DECEMBER 10, 2018

 

DAWSON CREEK RCMP

SUSPICIOUS DEATH IN DAWSON CREEK

Police seek tips

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Saturday December 8 at 7:48 AM, Dawson Creek RCMP were called to the parking lot of the Pouce Pub (Hart Hotel) for a man laying down. The adult male was unresponsive and taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. The death appears to be suspicious in nature and police are looking to the public for information. The police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk Anyone who was a patron at the Pouce Pub on Friday December 7 and into Saturday December 8, is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.

 

 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018

 

CHILLIWACK UFVRD RCMP

POLICE ARREST PROLIFIC OFFENDER

Miscreant trying to flog stolen items

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

ne person was arrested - alleged stolen property and a break-in tool were seized -during an RCMP investigation of a smash and grab theft from an automobile. 

 

On the afternoon of November 30, 2018 RCMP Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) officers conducting an investigation in the area of Gore Avenue and Nowell Street noted a cyclist pedalling property to a site behind a near-by business.

 

“The individual is identified by the Chilliwack RCMP as a prolific offender and known to our officers who turned their attention to his activity,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.   

 

POST investigators patrolled the area and quickly established a pickup truck parked at the corner of Young Road and Victoria Avenue was the subject of a smash and grab.  Evidence gathered at the scene pointed investigators back to the cyclist.

 

Within minutes the cyclist was found and quickly taken into custody by police.  Articles linking the suspect to property stolen from the pickup and other thefts reported to the Chilliwack RCMP were seized by officers during the arrest.

 

Branden Paul Tanner, 20, of Chilliwack is charged with possession of an instrument for the purpose of breaking into a motor vehicle and possession of property obtained by crime.  Mr. Tanner has been released from custody pending a court date in late December.

 

“RCMP plain clothes officers remaining alert and flexible during one investigation, shifted their focus to apprehend the suspect,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

 

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018

 

CHILLIWACK UFVRD RCMP

DON'T LET THIEVES STEAL YOUR CHRISTMAS

RCMP tips to a safer holiday season

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

s the holiday season approaches, and residents in the Upper Fraser Valley prepare to give at Christmas, the RCMP remind folks to protect your property from being stolen. The festive season presents thieves a greater opportunity to target holiday shoppers as they buy gifts for family and friends.

“Along with our officers patrolling during the season we encourage neighbours to watch out for neighbours and report suspicious activity to police,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD. “Community working together with police is a powerful means to keep our neighbourhoods safe.”

Some helpful tips to protect your property from theft:

• Always lock vehicle doors.
• Do not leave valuables in plain view inside of your vehicle.
• Remove valuables and remote garage door openers from your vehicle when parked for the night.
• Light up your home at night.

For those planning to travel over the Christmas Season:

• Have someone check your home daily.
• Do not let newspapers and flyers accumulate in front of your home.
• Have the mail picked up daily or have the Post Office hold your mail.

For more tips to protect your property from theft we invite everyone to visit us by clicking onto bcrcmp or, our friends at ICBC .

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact your local police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

WANTED: BAIT CAR MISCREANT

Police look to ID suspect

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

he image was shot on November 24, 2018 around 2:45 a.m. when a man triggered the surveillance camera and alarm of a police Bait car parked on Quarry Road. General Duty officers immediately conducted patrols of the area but a suspect was not located.

“RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the man in the photo,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

Police are reminding holiday shoppers to protect their purchases from theft by:

• Storing articles out of sight in parked vehicles.
• Lock vehicle doors.
• Remove property and remote garage door openers from vehicle when parking for the night.
• Park in open visible areas.

The Bait Car Program is coordinated by the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT). For more information about the Bait car program and how to protect yourself from auto crime visit IMPACT or bcrcmp on line.

Anyone with information to identify the individual is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
 

 

 

 

 MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018

 

NELSON RCMP

WANTED: ISHMANI BAKER

BC-WIDE WARRANTS ISSUED

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

 

he Nelson RCMP Detachment are asking the public's assistance in locating 21-yr-old Ishmani Baker of Fort St. John, BC, wanted on several BC wide arrest warrants.

Baker is described as:

• Caucasian male 21 yrs old
• Height 5'7"
• Weight 181 lbs,
• Hair blond
• Eyes blue

Baker has numerous outstanding unendorsed warrants for his arrest out of Fort St. John, BC, and is believed to be in the Nelson, BC, area.

The warrants included:

• Breach of Undertaking under Section 145(3) of the Criminal Code x 2
• Assault with a Weapon under Section 267 of the Criminal Code
• Uttering Threats under Section 264.1(1) of the Criminal Code
• Mischief under $5000.00 under Section 430 of the Criminal Code x 2
• Enter Dwelling with Intent to Commit under Section 349(1) of the Criminal Code
• Failing to Comply with a Probation Order under Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code

Baker recently managed to evade police on several occasions, most recently when police converged in the Beasley area Sunday evening in efforts to arrest Baker.

If seen please do not approach Baker and call 911 immediately. Anyone with information regarding his current whereabouts is asked to contact the Nelson RCMP at (250) 352-2156 or via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

 

 MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018

 

TRAFFIC SERVICES RCMP

CARNAGE ON THE ROADS

First weekend of December sees 6 deaths

CPL MIKE HASLOV

 

he first weekend of December has proved deadly on British Columbia highways, resulting in a number of fatalities.

#1 On Thursday, November 29, 2018 Chetwynd RCMP attended a single vehicle fatal collision on Highway 29 near Jackfish Lake Road. Upon arrival it was determined that a Ford F150 pickup with two male occupants had left the highway. The driver of the pickup was ejected and was found deceased at the scene. Alcohol has not been ruled out as a causal factor of this collision. The passenger sustained minor injuries. Chetwynd RCMP is continuing to investigate and no further information is available at this time.

#2 On Friday, November 30, 2018 at approximately 10:25 AM a two-vehicle collision was reported on Highway 1 at Main Street in Lytton. The lone female driver of a Ford Fusion pulled out onto the highway in front of a pickup truck with a lone male driver. The woman driving the Fusion succumbed to her injuries in hospital. It appears driver error was the cause of this collision. The driver of the pickup truck sustained minor injuries. Central Interior Traffic Services (Ashcroft) is investigating and no further information is available at this time.

#3 On Saturday, December 1, 2018 at approximately 6:35 PM a three-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 1 at Mountain Highway in North Vancouver. It was reported that a westbound vehicle on Highway 1 veered into the oncoming lanes and collided with an eastbound pickup truck and another car that had been following. The lone male driver of the westbound vehicle died as a result of his injuries. The occupants of the other vehicles sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Port Mann Traffic Services is continuing to investigate and there is no further information available at this time.

#4 On December 2, 2018 at approximately 11:50 AM a multi-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 99 near Chance Creek Forest Service Road, approximately 30 kilometres north of Squamish. Upon arrival it was determined that a northbound Subaru with a lone female driver crossed the centre line and collided with two southbound vehicles. The driver of the Subaru was deceased at the scene and the occupants in the other vehicles received minor, non-life-threatening injuries. Road and weather conditions at the time were reported as "good." The cause of this crash remains under investigation by Sea to Sky Traffic Services and no further information is available at this time.

#5 On Sunday, December 2, 2018 at approximately 4:10 PM a head-on collision occurred on Highway 1 approximately 15 kilometres west of Salmon Arm. Upon arrival it was determined that an eastbound Ford pickup truck crossed the centre line and collied head-on with a westbound Chevrolet pickup truck. Two other westbound vehicles were caught up in the collision. The lone male driver of the Ford pickup was deceased at the scene. Alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor to this collision. The occupants of the other vehicles involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Trans Canada East Traffic Services (Golden) is investigating and no further information is available at this time.

#6 On December 3, 2018 at approximately 01:00 AM a head-on collision occurred on Highway 97 near Buckhorn Lake Road, about 10 kilometres south of Prince George. Upon arrival it was determined that a northbound Ford F150 with three occupants crossed the centre line and collided head-on with a southbound semi-truck. The driver of the pickup truck was deceased at the scene, while the remaining occupants and the driver of the semi-truck were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation. North District Traffic Services (Prince George) is continuing to investigate and no further information is available at this time.

 

 

 MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018

 

SALMON RCMP

FAKE HOMEBUYERS THIEVES

Police seek couple steal jewelry while on tour of homes

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

couple who posed as potential homebuyers at several Salmon Arm showings of listed real estate, have been arrested following reports of jewelry being stolen during home viewings.

Between September 10, 2018, and October 11, 2018, the Salmon Arm RCMP received a total of seven different complaints from homeowners reporting thefts of jewellery and money from their residences, that were listed for sale in the Salmon Arm area.

The investigation thus far has revealed the suspects, a male and female couple, posed as potential buyers who would attend the residences ranging in listed values between $635,000.00 and $1,200,00.00. A large amount of men and women's jewelery was stolen during the home showings, some of which has since been recovered.

Much of the jewellery has significant sentimental value with estimated losses exceeding the tens of thousands in value. The male and female suspect of no fixed address have since been located, arrested and released to attend Salmon Arm Provincial Court in the new year stated SSgt Scott West of the Salmon Arm RCMP.

The Salmon Arm General Investigative Section is handling the investigation with numerous charges being contemplated under the Criminal Code including Theft Under $5000, Theft Over $5000 and Possession of Stolen Property.

 

 Friday, November 30, 2018

 

IHIT RCMP

WOMAN MURDERED

Man, 34, faces charges

CST KELLY BRETT

 

n November 29th, 2018, 31-year-old Jan Poepl was arrested and later charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of 34-year-old Nicole Hasselmann. Mr. Poepl will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on November 30, 2018.
 

This was an isolated incident and those involved were known to each other. There was no risk to public safety.

“IHIT detectives worked steadfastly to secure and compile the evidence for charge approval and today’s outcome would not have been possible without their tireless efforts,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. “IHIT recognizes that this is a very difficult time for Nicole’s family as they are grieving her death and we hope that we were able to provide them with some answers.”

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.solvecrime.ca 

 

 

 Friday, November 30, 2018

 

KELOWNA RCMP

SPIKE BELT STOPS STOLEN TRUCK

Alberta man jailed

CST KELLY BRETT

 

n November 30th, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP were advised of an unfolding police incident occurring on the Westside of Kelowna where an alleged stolen vehicle failed to stop for police.

 

A multi-member response was initiated as the Kelowna RCMP requested the assistance of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP after attempts to stop the vehicle using a spike belt failed and the vehicle continued to travel northbound towards Vernon.

 

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officers spotted the suspect vehicle, a white Chevrolet Silverado, northbound on Highway 97 where it again failed to stop for police. A spike belt was deployed, disabling the tires on the vehicle bringing it to a stop on Highway 97 just north of College Way.

 

Once police made contact with the vehicle, the male attempted to drive away on all four rims, however was unable to do so. Officers then extracted the driver from the vehicle and took him successfully him into custody without incident.

 

“As we know, crime is often cross-jurisdictional, however in this particular incident was cross-provincial”, says Cst. Kelly Brett. “All police forces involved in this case did an outstanding job of communicating and locating this particular offender to safely remove him from the streets”.

 

A 40-year-old, Alberta male, remains in police custody and is facing numerous charges including possession of stolen property, theft of credit card, fraud and flight from police.

 

 

 Friday, November 30, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

COP ASSAULTER ARRESTED

Violent man caught in traffic stop

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey Gang Enforcement Unit (SGET) arrested a known offender with Lower Mainland Gang associations Tuesday evening after he fled from a police traffic stop. The 24-year-old man, who has a history of violence, was located and apprehended in the Newton area of Surrey.

Shortly 6:00 pm on November 27, 2018 Surrey SGET attempted a traffic stop with a car driving in the 14400-block of 80th Avenue. The car, a 2005 Mazda 3, initially stopped before reversing into the police vehicle and fleeing. Police did not pursue the car, however other officers patrolling in the area were able to quickly locate the car in a nearby cul-du-sac, and observed two men running away.

One of the men was located and arrested in the 8300 block of 140th Street, the other man was not located. The man who was arrested is the alleged driver of the car.

During the investigation police also located a quantity of suspected illicit drugs, and other items consistent with drug trafficking.

Twenty-four-year-old Mathew Porter, of Vancouver, has been charged with 2 counts of Assaulting a Peace Officer, 1 count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and 1 count of failing to stop for police.

The investigation is on-going.

“Our Gang Enforcement Team continues to work against drug trafficking by intercepting and investigating criminals who operate in our City,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “A simple traffic stop can often be the first step in a larger investigation, and criminal charges.”

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or go to www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 Friday, November 30, 2018

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

POPPY BOX THIEF CAUGHT

51-year-old man arrested

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

three-week investigation into a poppy donation-box theft at a Coquitlam library has resulted in charges against a Port Coquitlam man.

A warrant has been issued for 51-year-old Victor Hansen on one count of theft under $5000. Hansen is well-known to police for similar offences.

Coquitlam RCMP gets a lot of calls when charitable donations are stolen and this charge shows how seriously we take these files, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. With the holiday fundraising season in full swing, keep your wits about you when you’re raising money. Make sure that donation boxes and cash are properly secured from easy theft. If something does get stolen, don’t let emotions get the better of you; the right thing to do is call police and leave the investigating to us.

The alleged poppy donation-box theft happened on November 7, 2018, just after 6:30 p.m. at the library in the 1100 block of Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. Hansen is accused of distracting an employee at the library, using a sharp tool to cut a plastic strap on the donation box, and then hiding the box in a bag and walking away.

A warrant has been issued for Hansen so no court date has yet been set.

 

 

 Friday, November 30, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

GUNS AND DRUGS SEIZED

Gang member arrested

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP has arrested a man and made a significant seizure of handguns and suspected illicit drugs as part of an investigation into an incident of uttering threats.
 
On November 28, 2018, the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit with the assistance of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team, the Strike Force Target Team, and the Emergency Response Team, arrested a 21-year-old man from Surrey after receiving a report that he had allegedly uttered threats and pointed a firearm, on November 26, 2018.
 
Continuing the investigation, Surrey RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in the Whalley area on November 29, 2018.  As a result, investigators located and seized a significant quantity of suspected cocaine and methamphetamine, along with 6 handguns, 7 firearm magazines, 2 silencers, and over 100 rounds of ammunition.
 
The investigation is on-going, and charges have not been laid at this time.  The 21-year-old man, who is associated to individuals with ties to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict, is currently in custody.  
 
“During this investigation not only were our officers able to make an arrest of a violent individual, but they have also have taken 6 handguns and ammunition off the street.” said Staff Sergeant Kirk Duncan of the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit. “Given the quantity of firearms and drugs seized, this investigation is likely to lead to the recommendation of a number of charges.”   
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 

 Thursday, November 28, 2018

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

BE SAFE ON THE ROAD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Leave the driving to Operation Red Nose

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

CMP are set to launch December’s CounterAttack campaign as police ramp-up their intervention of impaired driving over the Christmas Season.

 

In conjunction with police agencies across BC, Chilliwack RCMP Traffic Service are kicking off the December 1– 7 National Safe Driving Week with an enhanced enforcement initiative on December 1, 2018.  Police will continue the enhanced enforcement throughout the month of December with the Provincial CounterAttack program.

 

RCMP remind motorists impaired driving is not restricted to only alcohol but also encompasses impairment by cannabis.

 

“The Christmas Season is a time of cheer, for parties and celebration,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.  “Be responsible and plan a safe way to get home.”

 

Tips to plan a safe trip home:

• Organize a designated driver program with family and friends.

• Plan ahead to travel by public transit or taxi.

• Stay overnight.

 Beginning November 30, 2018, Operation Red Nose offers another option for getting home safely.  Available Fridays and Saturdays after 9:00 p.m. during the month of December drivers can be reached at 604-393-3000.  For information regarding the program click onto Operation Red Nose

 

For more information and tips for planning a safe trip home visit us online at bcrcmp or the websites of our partners at Chilliwack Safer City and ICBC.

 

 

 Thursday, November 28, 2018

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

EAST ABBOTSFORD TARGETED 

Police say to stay alert for strangers

SGT. JUDY BIRD

 

ince October 20th, Winfield Drive has had 9 break-ins, 3 of which occurred last week.  The majority of these break and enters took place in the evening or overnight, with the prowler(s) gaining access through unlocked doors or windows. 

 

Crime Prevention Unit Sgt. Jason Scott notes, “It’s important to not make it easy for thieves. Take the time to make sure your doors and windows are locked, your blinds are closed and your outside lights are on.”

 

The Abbotsford Police Department reminds citizens to get into the habit of practicing the 9pm Routine, which includes locking up vehicles and residences before going to bed.

 

Please be aware of strangers in your neighbourhood and report all suspicious activity, even minor incidents such as change stolen from a car overnight.

 

If you suspect your house has been broken into, report it to police immediately, and don't enter until you know the home is safe.  Please do not touch anything indoors until police have investigated.

 

 Wednesday, November 28, 2018

 

BOSTON BAR: UFVRD RCMP

UPDATE: Captured

 

WANTED: MYKEL ERIC NATOWCAPPO

Police warn not to approach

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

British Columbia-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of Mykel Eric Natowcappo, 27, of Boston Bar for assault causing bodily harm.

Description:

• Aboriginal male
• Height: 175 cm (5’9”)
• Weight: 64 kgs (141 lbs)
• Eyes: brown
• Hair: brown

RCMP caution the public if sighted. Do not attempt to apprehend Mr. Natowcappo and immediately call 911.

 

Anyone with information to the whereabouts of Mykel Eric Natowcappo is urged to contact the Boston Bar RCMP at 604-867-9333 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
 

 

 Monday, November 26, 2018

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN SURREY

Police reach out to the community for tips and leads

CPL FRANK JANG

n November 26, 2018 at around 11:46 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received reports of shots fired in the 5400-block of 146 Street. Police arrived to find a man, later identified as 41-year-old Ranjeev Sangha of Surrey, with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Those responsible for the shooting immediately left the area in a black four-door sedan (pictured).       

Approximately one hour later at 12:49 p.m., the Richmond RCMP was alerted to a burning black sedan in the area of the 12000-block of Cambie Road. It was found approximately 100 meters off of Cambie Road on a pedestrian path. Detectives would like to speak with anyone that has information about this vehicle and are seeking dash cam video from drivers who were travelling between Surrey and Richmond along Highway 99 or Highway 91 between 11:46 a.m. and 12:49 p.m.   

It is still early in the investigation but investigators believe the murder of Ranjeev Sangha was a targeted incident and are working to determine motive.

IHIT is working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Richmond RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

“Retracing Ranjeev Sangha’s movements prior to his death will be one of the priorities for our detectives and we urge anyone who can help us achieve this end to contact us immediately,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.    

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 Monday, November 26, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

Cops Seize Large Cache of Drugs and Weapons

Charges pending for guns, meth, crack, heroin

CPL FRANK JANG

 

n November 22nd, members of Surrey RCMP’s District 1 and District 2 Community Response Units (CRU) worked together to execute a search warrant on a residence in the 13200-block of Old Yale Road.

During the search, officers located and seized:

• one SKS style rifle
• one Ruger pistol
• four airsoft pistols
• one improvised pipe gun
• one taser flashlight combination
• numerous edged weapons and batons
• two police style body armour vests
• approximately 43 doses of suspected heroin
• approximately 44 doses of suspected methamphetamine
• approximately 29 doses of suspected crack cocaine

Six persons were taken into custody during the search. Two of the individuals who are known to police and believed to be participants in the illegal drug trade, were arrested on outstanding warrants for unrelated matters.

No charges have been laid at this time as the investigation continues while the officers examine and process all the evidence seized.

“The RCMP’s Community Response Units are based in all five districts across the city of Surrey and provides both overt and covert policing operations to address crime, nuisance activity, and neighbourhood safety through pro-active policing strategies,” says Staff Sergeant Joe Johal, Acting Community Support & Safety Officer “In this instance, our members were following up on information provided by the community which provided the necessary evidence to ascertain the search warrant.”

Anyone with further information about this incident or observes suspicious activity in their own neighbourhood is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 Friday, November 24, 2018

 

DAWSON CREEK RCMP

HUGE  LOT  OF  JEWELRY  STOLEN

Police looking for suspects who broke in a store and took $80,000 in cash and jewelry

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Thursday November 22, 2018, at 3:43 AM, Dawson Creek RCMP responded to an alarm activation at the DC Gold Brick Jewelers Store located inside the Dawson Creek Shopping Mall.

 

Police immediately attended and discovered that entry had been made into the mall. Once inside the mall the thieves broke into the store setting off the alarm.

 

A significant amount of jewelry was missing along with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police located a vehicle nearby with pieces of jewelry inside the vehicle along with other evidence. The vehicle appeared to be abandoned at the scene.

 

Police Dog Services were called to the scene and tracked the suspects to a location where it is believed they may have got into another vehicle.

 

Surveillance cameras have captured individuals and a vehicle police believe are responsible for the theft. It is estimated that over $80,000 in jewelry was taken during the theft.

 

If you have any information on this crime, or can identify the people and vehicle in the photos you are asked to contact Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 of Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477

 

 

 Friday, November 24, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

CAR  THIEF  BEHIND  BARS

Cops chase the suspect down on foot

CPL FRANK JANG

 

n November 16, 2018, at approximately 10 p.m., the Burnaby RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle incident inv

 

On November 18th, the Surrey RCMP attended to a report a residential break and enter in the South Surrey area where the registered owners BMW sedan had been stolen from the garage.

 

On November 21st, a Surrey RCMP General Duty patrol officer was conducting pro-active patrols and located the stolen BMW in the area of Central City.  Members of the Surrey RCMP Auto Crime and Property Crime Target Teams quickly attended and observed a male exiting the driver's seat of the vehicle.  Police attempted to arrest the male who resisted and fled the area.  A short foot pursuit occurred and the male was quickly taken into custody.

 

Daylen PIKE, 20-years-old, of Surrey has been charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000, Fail to Comply with Probation Order, Obstruct Peace Officer and Driving While Prohibited.

 

“This arrest could not have taken place without the great policing work conducted by our frontline uniformed officer locating the stolen vehicle and our target team members affecting the arrest,” says Staff Sergeant Mike Hall, Acting Pro-Active Enforcement Officer “Property crime continues to be a priority of the Surrey RCMP and recent statistics indicate it is on the downward trend.”

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 Friday, November 24, 2018

 

Osoyoos RCMP

WANTED: Kael Austin Svendsen

Police look for information on thief on the lam

CPL Dan Moskaluk

 

he Osoyoos RCMP are asking the public's assistance in locating Kael Austin Svendsen, wanted on 8 province-wide arrest warrants as of October 24, 2018.

Kael Austin Svendsen, 21-yrs-old, is wanted for the following offences:

• eight counts of possession of stolen property
• careless use of a firearm
• possession of a firearm
• escape lawful custody
• theft under $5000
• mischief under $5000
• two counts of break and enter
• two counts of assault
• two counts of fraud under $5000
• two counts of breach of an undertaking

Svendsen is described as:

• 21 year-old Caucasian male;
• Height 5'9"
• Weight 160 lbs
• Hair brown
• Eyes brown

In September 2018, Svendsen was placed on numerous conditions including 24hr house arrest while waiting for trial. Soon after, he breached this condition and has yet to be located. He is believed to be frequenting the Osoyoos and Oliver areas.

If seen please do not approach Svendsen and call 911 immediately. Anyone with information regarding his current whereabouts is asked to contact the Osoyoos RCMP at 250-495-7236 or via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

IHIT RCMP

WOMAN  DIES  IN  CRASH

Police look for information

CPL FRANK JANG

 

n November 16, 2018, at approximately 10 p.m., the Burnaby RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle incident involving a 2017 charcoal grey Kia Sorento SUV in the 8000-block of Barnet Highway. When police arrived, officers found a man and a woman who were taken to hospital. The man is expected to make a full recovery but the woman, later identified as 34-year-old Nicole Hasselmann of Burnaby, had injuries indicative of foul play and later died in hospital. Due to the suspicious nature of Ms. Hasselmann’s death, IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

IHIT continues to work closely with the Burnaby RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. This incident is not believed to be random and there appears to be no risk to public safety.

Investigators are working diligently to develop a timeline of Ms. Hasselmann’s activities on Friday, November 16, 2018 and would like to speak with anyone who saw her or the grey Kia Sorento at the following three locations:

• 7000-block of Ridgeview Drive, Burnaby
• 200-block of College Park Way, Port Moody
• 8000-block of Barnet Highway, Burnaby

“The development of the victim’s timeline is important in any homicide investigation and it is proving to be crucial in this case,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

 

 Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

TERRACE RCMP

MAN  DIES  IN  HIT  AND  RUN

Police following leads, looking for dash cam footage

CPL MICHAEL HALSKOV

 

UPDATE: Police in Terrace have received a number of valuable tips and have now determined that the vehicle involved is a 2011-2016 Ford F350 pickup with damage to the passenger side, including the mirror. A boat trailer believed associated to the pickup has also been recovered, is being forensically examined and has damage consistent with the collision. RCMP in Terrace are urging the responsible driver and/or their legal counsel to come forward. Police believe the driver responsible for this collision was not acting alone.

 

n November 18, 2018, a deceased man in his 30’s was discovered in the
ditch on the north side of Highway 16, approximately 4 kilometres west
of Terrace, BC. The man’s injuries were consistent with having been
struck by a vehicle and there was supporting evidence at the scene.

The man has been identified as a resident of Terrace and the investigation thus far revealed that the man was walking east on Highway16 on the west bound shoulder (facing traffic) and that this collision occurred between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 AM, Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Police are pursuing a number of very strong leads and investigative avenues and want to speak with anyone who may have been travelling on Highway 16, west of Terrace, between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 AM, Sunday, November 18, 2018, including anyone with dash camera video. Police also urge the driver responsible for this collision to come forward.

At this time, police are asking anyone who may have seen a large pick-up type vehicle with significant damage to the passenger side, and which may be missing the passenger side mirror, to call Sgt. Shawn McLaughlin with West Pacific Region Traffic Services at 250-638-7438 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), quoting file 2018-11029

 

 

 Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

IHIT RCMP

HELL'S ANGELS  MEMBER  FOUND  DEAD

Man identified, police look for info

CPL MICHAEL HALSKOV

n November 18, 2018 at 11:28 a.m., the Ridge Meadows RCMP and other first responders were called to the 22000-block of Wharf Street in Maple Ridge, beneath the Golden Ears Bridge, for a report of a man found dead.  Officers determined that the man, later identified as 43-year-old Chad Wilson of Maple Ridge, was a victim of homicide.        

IHIT took conduct of the investigation and continues to work closely with the Ridge Meadows RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

Mr. Wilson was a well-established member of an organized crime group and it is believed that his homicide was not random.  IHIT will be engaging with numerous gang enforcement units throughout the lower mainland region that will be working to mitigate any ongoing violence.

“While the motive for Mr. Wilson’s murder has not been confirmed, this is yet another reminder of the significant dangers posed to one’s life by being part of a criminal organization,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.   

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

 Sunday, November 18, 2018

 

IHIT RCMP

COP  INJURED  AFTER  BEING  DRAGGED

Police seek Mercdes Benz

CPL DENNIS HWANG

hortly after 9:30 A.M., a Richmond RCMP officer stopped a suspicious vehicle near No. 3 Rd and Steveston Hwy. As the officer approached the vehicle on foot, the vehicle fled and dragged the officer causing significant injuries. The officer has been transported to hospital but is expected to recover.

Richmond RCMP and surrounding law enforcement agencies are searching for a dark coloured, late model Mercedes Benz 4-door. The vehicle is believed to have tinted windows and a black interior. There may be abrasion damage to the driver’s side and possibly damage or a crack to the windshield. A large police presence can be observed in several areas of Richmond.

“Our profession is a dangerous one. Each and every officer has this notion in the back of their minds when we begin our shift. That being said, protecting our community and keeping it safe is something we take pride in doing and will continue doing,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.

“Please contact 9-1-1 immediately if you locate this vehicle or have information about this incident” adds Cpl. Hwang.

 

 Sunday, November 18, 2018

 

IHIT RCMP

RIDGE-MEADOWS  MOUNTIES  FIND  BODY 

Murder suepected, tips sought

SGT JANELLE SHOIHET

idge-Meadows RCMP have called homicide investigators to assist after a body was located earlier today.

Just after 11:30 a.m. this morning, November 18, officers from the Ridge-Meadows RCMP were called to assist Fire Services in the 20000-block of Wharf Street, for a report of a deceased person.

Upon at‎attendance at the scene investigators located the body of an adult male who appeared to have been the victim of homicide.

The investigation is in it's infancy, however early indications are that the man's death was targeted.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the Ridge Meadows RCMP.

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase, no further information will be provided at this time. Further details and media availability will be handled by the IHIT Media Relations Officer.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT Information Line at1 877 551 IHIT (4448) or by email here.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1 800 222 TIPS(8477).

 

 Friday, November 16, 2018

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

MISCREANTS  STEAL  POPPY  BOXES

Police reach out to the community to help ID thieves

STAFF SGT STEPHEN VROLYK, UFVRD

 

he Chilliwack RCMP are investigating a number of reports of poppy donation boxes being stolen from local businesses. Four such thefts were reported during the first week of November, 2018.

 

Surveillance video and photos have been obtained from each of these thefts, and the RCMP are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the persons responsible.

 

 

 

A theft occurred on November 4th in the 7500-block of Vedder Road.  The person who took the poppy donation box is described as a male with medium complexion wearing orange or red rain poncho. File 18-48043

 

 

 

 

 

 

A theft occurred on November 6th in the 7300-block of Vedder Road. The person who took the poppy box is described as wearing a Green jacket and dark pants. File 18-48200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A theft occurred on November 6th in the 7600-block of Vedder Road. The person who took the poppy box is described as a white male, wearing a black jacket and a black hat.  File 18-48236

 

 

 

A theft occurred on November 6th in the 45600-block of Luckakuck Way. The person who took the poppy box is described as a white male, wearing a grey sweater, black pants, red hat and a dark coloured backpack. Of note is that the suspect in this incident pushed the clerk who tried to stop him from exiting the business.  File 18-48256

 

If anyone has any information about the identity of any of these suspects, they are requested to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

 

 Friday, November 16, 2018

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

LARGE  POT  BUST

Warehouse churning out oils

STAFF SGT STEPHEN VROLYK, UFVRD

n November 14, 2018, members of the Chilliwack RCMP Drug Section of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment (UVRD) Crime Reduction Unit, with the assistance of the “E” Division Clan Lab Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR) executed a Search Warrant under Section 87 of the Cannabis Act at a warehouse on Harvard Place in Chilliwack.

A male in his 20’s was arrested at that location for Illegal Production Using Chemicals to Alter Cannabis under Section 12(1) of the Cannabis Act. Police located and seized extraction equipment, butane, propane, approximately 250 pounds of dried marihuana and approximately 30 pounds of marihuana resin/oil.

“The use of these volatile chemicals pose a significant risk to the neighbouring tenants of this warehouse,” said Superintendent Bryon Massie, the Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment. “The officers of the UFVRD will continue to work within new and existing legislation to ensure the safety of our community.”

If you have any information about this incident or other illicit activities, you can contact the Chilliwack RCMP at (604)792-4611 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 Thursday, November 15, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

POLICE  DOG  RUNS  DOWN  THIEF

Prolific offender arrested in Langley

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

prolific property crime offender with multiple outstanding warrants and conditions was arrested early yesterday morning after a break and enter at a local business.

 

Surrey RCMP received a report of a break and enter in-progress to a locked commercial compound in the 19500-block of the Langley Bypass at approximately 12:26 am, on November 14, 2018. When officers arrived, the suspect attempted to run from police and was apprehended with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Police Dog Services.

 

In addition to damaging the compound’s fencing, the suspect is alleged to have broken into a vehicle on the property. The man was also allegedly found in possession of numerous break and enter tools.  

 

After a court appearance yesterday, 47-year-old Douglas Holmes of Vancouver has been charged with:  

• 1 count of Possession of Break and Enter tools

1 count of Break and Enter to a Business

1 count of Mischief under $5000

2 counts of Breach of Probation

 “The rapid reporting of this crime in progress was the result of a security system in place at the business,” says Cpl Sturko. “We encourage business owners to consider using a security system or other precautions as part of their loss prevention programs.” 

 

The Surrey RCMP has a number of business security tips on the Protect Yourself section of their website.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 Thursday, November 16, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

A  DEN  OF  THIEVES

Sophisticated ID theft operation busted

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

n October 2018 the Surrey RCMP’s Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) and Economic Crime Unit (ECU) began an investigation into mail theft and fraud associated to a residence in the 6100-block of 175A Street in Surrey.  

On November 9th PCTT and ECU executed a search warrant at the residence and uncovered what is believed to be a sophisticated operation. During the investigation at the residence investigators located and seized high powered computers, embossers, laminators, and other equipment associated to the manufacturing of fraudulent credit cards. They also seized a significant quantity of keys, locks, key cutters, and a large quantity of stolen mail. 

Two men and one woman have been arrested in conjunction with this investigation however, charges have not yet been laid as the investigation is on-going.

“The impacts of identity theft and fraud go beyond financial complications,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “For victims, there often comes a lot of personal stress. We are pleased that this investigation has effectively shut down this criminal operation which has likely impacted hundreds of people.”

Anyone with more information is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 Thursday, November 15, 2018

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

"Butter Late Than Never"

Slippery thieves caught

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

wo Vancouver men have egg on their face after being arrested for allegedly stealing a shopping cart full of butter worth more than $1,400.00.

The pair was arrested outside a supermarket in the 1300 block of Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam, just after 6:30 p.m. on November 14, 2018.

Stealing a large amount of butter is a little unusual, but we see this sort of thing with similar food products, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Things like cheese, meat, and baby formula can easily be sold on the black market. On the other hand, it’s possible these suspects were choosing the wrong way to get a head start on their Christmas baking.

The two men, a 23-year-old and a 25-year-old partner, are facing charges of theft under $5,000.00. The 23-year-old is also a suspect in at least three other butter thefts around Metro Vancouver in recent months.

An employee actually recognized one of these suspects because he had a bit of a reputation as a butter thief, says Corporal McLaughlin. He was a bit slippery to catch but you know what they say; butter late than never.

 

 Thursday, November 15, 2018

 

SALMON ARM RCMP

ON  STAR  TRACKS  ATM THIEVES

Police follow stolen car

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON


he Salmon Arm RCMP were able to locate two suspects in Vernon, who are believed to be responsible for an armed robbery at a local Salmon Arm bank ATM. The male and female are suspected of robbing a couple at knife point, after making an unsuccessful get-away in the victim’s vehicle, foiled by police via the tracking service equipped vehicle.

In the afternoon of November 12, 2018, the Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a couple being robbed at a local ATM vestibule in downtown Salmon Arm. The victims reported they were confronted by a male wearing a mask who threatened them with a knife. The male suspect demanded money and the keys to their vehicle which the female victim handed over.

The male suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and the keys to the vehicle. The suspect was then joined by a female who had pink hair and printed pants. The two then left the area in the victim’s SUV and fled to the Vernon area.

The vehicle was tracked with the assistance of the On-Star services tracking system, which guided the Vernon RCMP to the vehicle's location. The pair was arrested and police were able to recover the vehicle, weapon, disguise, cash and identification belonging to the victim.

RCMP victim services will be supporting the victim and potentially witnesses in this investigation.

The two suspects, a 24-year-old male and 32-year-old female, who are of no fixed address, are in custody in Salmon Arm awaiting a court appearance to face Armed Robbery, Disguise With Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle charges.

 

 Thursday, November 15, 2018

 

DAWSON CREEK RCMP

TWO  HELD  AFTER  SHOOTING

Police say incidents targeted

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON


n Friday November 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 PM, Dawson Creek RCMP were called to a report of a shooting which had just occurred near the intersection of Alaska Hwy and 17th Street.

Upon attendance, police located a 30-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The exhaustive investigation has resulted in the arrest of two men. Ghislain CORMIER, 22-years-old and Chase SCHWAB, 20-years-old, have both been charged with Attempt Murder and Forcible Confinement as well as multiple firearms-related offences.

Both men remain in police custody and will appear in Provincial Court on Tuesday November 13 2018. Police believe this to be a targeted offence and have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.

Dawson Creek RCMP are seeking information from anyone that may have witnessed the incident to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 1-250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

 Thursday, November 15, 2018

 

DAWSON CREEK RCMP

CARS  AND  COWBOYS

No injured in drive-by shooting

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON


n Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 in the evening hours, Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of a shooting that occurred on 10th street and 107th avenue in the community.

An adult male was driving and felt that he was being followed by another vehicle. As a result, he turned his vehicle around to confront the suspect vehicle and an occupant of the suspicious vehicle fired multiple rounds in the direction of the victim. The victim's vehicle was struck several times however the victim was unharmed.

The investigation is ongoing and RCMP are seeking information from anyone that may have heard the shots or noticed suspicious activity, vehicles, or persons on or near 10th street and 107th avenue in Dawson Creek on the evening of November 6th, 2018.

It is believed that this is a targeted incident and police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 1-250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

 Thursday, November 15, 2018

 

IHIT RCMP

POORMAN  FACING  MURDER  CHARGES

IHIT reaches out to the community for more info

CPL FRANK JANG


n November 4, 2018 at about 5:44 a.m., the Coquitlam RCMP responded to a call from a residence in the 2300-block of Atkins Avenue in Port Coquitlam where they found 36-year-old Jonathon Shingoose dead with injuries indicative of foul play.

 

IHIT took conduct of the investigation and quickly determined that this was an isolated incident with no further risk to public safety.

On November 9, 2018, Elwood Poorman was arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of Jonathon Shingoose.

Mr. Poorman will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on November 13, 2018.    

“IHIT investigators, supported by the Coquitlam RCMP, steadfastly worked to compile the evidence for charge approval consideration by crown counsel,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Our police investigation is on-going.  It has been turned over to the B.C. Prosecution Service and the matter will be before the court.”

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

 Monday, November 12, 2018

ABBOTSFORD PD

DEATH  IN  ABBOTSFORD

Abbotsford police respond to shooting

SGT JUDY BIRD


n Monday, November 12, 2018, at 3:30 pm, Abbotsford emergency services were called to the intersection of Simpson Rd and Ross Rd for reports of a shooting. 

 

AbbyPD Patrol Division officers arrived on scene and located an injured male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The male victim, a 19 year old Abbotsford resident, was transported to hospital by air ambulance.  The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after.

 

The Abbotsford Police Department Major Crime Unit, Patrol Division, Gang Crime Unit, and Forensic Identification Unit remain on scene collecting evidence and speaking to witnesses.  This investigation will be transitioning over to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Unit (IHIT).

 

Further information and updates will be provided by IHIT. Anyone with information about this incident should call the IHIT Tip Line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477.

 

IHIT RCMP

SHAWNIGAN  LAKE  POLICE  SHOOT MAN  TO  DEATH

Victim came at them with an "edged weapon"

DAWN ROBERTS, DIRECTOR in CHARGE BC RCMP COMMUNICATIONS


n November 10, 2018, police officers from the Shawinigan Lake RCMP were following up on an assault investigation in the 1100 block of Mill Bay Road. Shortly after 12:00 noon members attended a home with the intention of arresting a lone male in connection with the incident. Upon entering the residence, the officers were met with a male who they indicate advanced on them with an edged weapon. Members attempted to deploy a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) without success. Shots were fired by police. The male was transported to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

No police officers nor any other members of the public were injured.

The scene and any evidence have been secured while the Independent Investigation Office of BC have been notified and are deploying to the scene. IIO BC will assume conduct of the investigation into the police involved shooting.

Additional RCMP resources have been deployed to Shawingan Lake in order to maintain core policing services

 

 

 Friday, November 9, 2018

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN SHOT TO DEATH

Police say incident targeted

CPL FRANK JANG

 

n November 9, 2018 just before 1:30 a.m. the Surrey RCMP was called to the 14200-block of 70A Avenue after receiving a report of an individual who was on the ground outside of a residence. Upon police attendance, an adult male victim was located deceased. Preliminary information indicates that the male had been shot.

IHIT took conduct of the investigation and has been working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

It is early in the investigation but detectives believe that this was a targeted incident and is associated to the ongoing gang conflict in the lower mainland.

"Although investigators are still working to determine the motive behind this homicide, there are no indications of an increased risk to the public as a result of this incident" says Cpl. Frank Jang of IHIT.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

 Friday, November 9, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN BEATEN IN OCTOBER

Mounties seek witnesses and silver sedan

CPL FRANK JANG

 

 

urrey RCMP are looking for witnesses in relation to an assault that occurred in the Guildford area.

 

On October 21, 2018 at approximately 4:10 pm, a male was assaulted in a parking lot in the 14500 144A Ave in Surrey. The male received non-life threatening injuries during the incident.  Individuals involved were seen fleeing in a silver 4-door sedan.

 

Investigators believe there may be witnesses who have not yet come forward to police that may assist in the investigation.  Witnesses to this event or any suspicious activity at that time, are asked to please contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

 

 November 9, 2018

 

MERRIT RCMP

GANG MEMBERS ARRESTED

Pair of Young men arrested

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP has arrested three men allegedly tied to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

On October 29, 2018 the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) began an investigation in to a report of Uttering Threats, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Investigators believe the alleged threats, were related to the ongoing drug trade and gang conflict amongst parties known to one another.

The investigation included the execution of a search warrant on November 2, 2018 at a residence in the Newton area of Surrey, where officers seized 2 starter pistols, a BB Gun, and an air-soft replica pistol.

During the investigation officers also seized quantities of suspected cocaine, suspected fentanyl, and suspected crack cocaine, as well as other items consistent with drug trafficking. Approximately $4200 in cash believed to be proceeds of street level drug sales was also located and seized.

Eighteen-year-old, Sagar VIRK, of Surrey has been charged with two counts of Uttering Threats and three counts of Breach of Conditions.

Twenty one-year-old Sandeep MATHROO, of Surrey, has been charged with one count of Assault with Weapon, count of use imitation firearm while committing assault with weapon, Utter Threats, use of imitation while committing Utter threats, Mischief, and resist or obstruct a peace officer.

Twenty one-year-old Manjit BAHIA, of Surrey has been charged has been charged with one count of Assault with Weapon, count of use imitation firearm while committing assault with weapon, Utter Threats, use of imitation while committing Utter threats, and Mischief.

All three of the accused have been remanded to custody, pending bail hearings.

“Our top priority remains public safety,” said Cpl Elenore Sturko “Our Surrey Gang Enforcement team and other specialized units, continue to investigate individuals who’s criminal activity puts public safety at risk, put pressure on gang members, and ensure they know they are not welcome in our city.”


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 November 9, 2018

 

SURREY RCMP

MISCREANTS  ARRESTED FOR MAIL THEFTS

Man and woman face numerous charges

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

49-year-old Surrey man, and a 40-year-old Surrey woman, are facing multiple charges after a combined Canada Post-Coquitlam RCMP investigation into alleged prolific mail thieves that have been working the area for months.

Heine Hut, who is well-known to police and Canada Post, is currently facing the following charges:

• 2 counts of theft of mail,
• 1 count of unlawful use of a mail key,
• 1 count of possession of stolen mail,
• 2 counts of possession of a stolen credit card.

Charlene Saar, who was arrested with Hut at his residence in Surrey, is facing:

• 1 count of theft of mail,
• 1 count of possession of stolen mail,
• 1 count of unlawful use of a mail key,
• 2 counts of a possession of a stolen credit card.

"This was an effective interagency project and Canadian Postal Inspectors provided crucial expertise", says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. "Once a primary suspect was identified, the Coquitlam RCMP Prolific Target Team made the arrests and then used search warrants to gather a large amount of evidence. The suspects are believed to be responsible for a large number of identity and mail theft over an extended period".

Mail theft is a common complaint, but here are some tips from postal inspectors and law enforcement to help secure your mail and protect your identity:

• Collect your mail daily,
• If you’ll be away, use Canada Post’s Hold Mail service to suspend delivery until you return,
• When you move, file a change of address with Canada Post and advise your banks and other companies.

If you have concerns about your mail, or if you believe any mail has not been delivered, contact your mailers to ensure they have your correct mailing address, report it to Canada Post Customer Service, 1-800-267-1177, and report suspicious activities to local police.

 

MERRIT RCMP 

DRUG HOUSE BUST INCLUDED TASER

Plethora of weapons, drugs and cash

S/SGT LORNE WOOD

 

Mounties get major drug and weapons haul from house, 2 arrested

embers of the Merritt RCMP engaged in an investigation last week regarding alleged drug dealing activities at a residence on Merritt Ave. On November 1st, 2018 investigators obtained a warrant to search the residence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

 

Officers found a male subject asleep inside the residence who was arrested, along with a second male resident who was later located and arrested for trafficking. A search of the residence revealed several weapons including a machete, baseball bats, a taser stun gun, an air soft replica pistol and a loaded 22 caliber handgun that had been previously reported as stolen in the LMD.

 

Investigators also located:

• Approximately 6 pounds of cannabis
• 160 grams of heroine
• 310 grams of cocaine
• 66 grams of methamphetamine
• Scales

• Approximately $3,500 cash along with a large quantity of coins

The investigation into this incident continues and Federal Crown Counsel will be consulted as to drug and firearms charges in relation to this incident. The Merritt RCMP would like to thank the members of the public for their assistance in this matter.