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  FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

CAT THIEVES MUZZLED

Police arrest pair

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

urrey RCMP is advising the public of the arrests of two men related to multiple catalytic converter thefts in Surrey and Vancouver.

On July 15, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle in the 12700-block of 76A Avenue. The Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) were engaged and took conduct of the investigation. On August 20th, two suspects were located and arrested in the 900-block of SW Marine Drive in Vancouver, where they were allegedly caught in the commission of a further theft. Police subsequently located three catalytic converters in the trunk of a vehicle associated to the suspects.

Numerous charges have been approved for Stephen Pelland, 39, and Kristopher Larson, 27, both of whom were known to police and were already facing several charges for property related offences. As a result, both were held in custody for appearance at Surrey Provincial Court on August 27, 2019. Pelland has been charged on ten counts, including Theft Under $5000, Mischief Over $5000, and Driving While Prohibited. Larson has been charged with Theft Under $5000 and Mischief.

“The arrest of prolific offenders is significant as these individuals represent ongoing safety risks to the public on multiple levels,” said Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “This case highlights the excellent proactive efforts of the Surrey RCMP PCTT and the importance of the public reporting all crimes to police.”

In order to protect yourself from becoming a victim of this type of crime, it is recommended that vehicle owners park in well-lit areas or in their garage, if possible.

Anyone who feels they may have been a victim of this, or a similar crime is encouraged to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

POLICE INVESTIGATE SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO CLIP

Asking people not to make comments about it

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Friday August 23rd, 2019 Richmond RCMP became aware of a video posted on social media about an incident at a parking lot in Richmond.

The video was reviewed and an investigation was initiated by Richmond RCMP. Both parties in this incident have been identified and investigators have been in contact with all involved.

"In order to ensure the integrity of the investigation and privacy of the individuals involved, we are asking the public to respect the investigative process and refrain from posting any comments on social media" said Insp Sunny Parmar, Operations Officer Richmond RCMP.

The investigation is continuing and we are asking the public to contact Richmond RCMP 604-207-1212 if they have any information about the incident.

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

TWO SHOOTINGS IN SURREY

Both males in stable condition

CST ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a shooting which injured two men in Whalley. 
At approximately 7:59 pm, on August 23, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report 
of a shooting at a residence in the 13500 block of 96th Avenue in Surrey. 
Both male victims were dropped off at local hospitals at different times; both were suffering 
from gun-shot wounds. Both are in stable condition. 
Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit is investigating. Early indications are that this was 
a targeted incident and may be connected to drug activity. 
It is believed at this time there is no risk to the public. 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident contact
 the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, 
contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.  
 

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

MALICIOUS DESTRUCTION OF GONDOLA

Mounties confirm cable was cut

CST ASHLEY MACKAY

he investigation into the Sea to Sky Gondola is active and ongoing.

The investigation to date has confirmed the preliminary assessment. Police have confirmed that the main cable was cut and that there are no other natural or mechanical reasons for the cable to have failed.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call our dedicated tip line: 604-892-6122. Alternatively, anonymous tips can be provided through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

SECHELT MURDER

Senior found dead at home, wife facing charges

CPL FRANK JANG

 

woman has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the homicide of Max Fischer.

On August 21, 2019, just before 9 p.m., the Sunshine Coast RCMP received a call from neighbours of 79-year-old Max Fischer found dead in his residence in the 10900-block of Sunshine Coast Highway. Emergency responders found suspicious injuries on Mr. Fischer and his death was deemed a homicide.  An arrest was quickly made in relation to Mr. Fischer’s death.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was deployed to Sechelt to take conduct of the investigation.

IHIT is working closely with the Sunshine Coast RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

Investigators quickly determined that this was an isolated incident and there was no risk to public safety.  Mr. Fischer’s family was notified of his death and victim services was engaged to provide support.    

On August 22, 2019, Mr. Fischer’s 54-year-old wife, Karin Fischer, was charged with second degree murder for his death.  They are both German citizens. 

Karin Fischer will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on August 23, 2019.    

“IHIT investigators remain in Sechelt continuing their investigation and collecting further evidence,” says Sergeant 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

 

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

 

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS THURSDAY KEEP COPS BUSY

Advise drivers to be cognizant

CPL THOMAS BLAKNEY

 

A westbound SUV from BC was struck by a southbound SUV from Oregon at the intersection of Douglas Street and Wright Street.

 
t 1:50 PM a westbound passenger car from BC stopped suddenly due to traffic congestion near the Enchanted Forest, 33 kilometres west of Revelstoke, BC on the Trans-Canada Highway. The westbound motorcycle, also from BC, rear-ended the car. BC Ambulance Services (BCAS) and RCMP attended the scene. The motorcyclist was treated for non-life threatening injuries. No charge(s) were laid;
 

At 2:00 PM Revelstoke Volunteer Fire Department, Revelstoke Search and Rescue and RCMP responded to Begbie Falls, a popular scenic hiking trail, just south of Revelstoke, BC, off of Highway 23 South. A 26 year-old male from Saskatchewan had lost his footing, near the bank off the water fall, and fell a considerable distance, landing on the base of the falls. Revy SAR, BCAS and RCMP utilized a backboard and carried the injured hiker up the cliff to BCAS location where he was then transported to Queen Victoria Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


At 3:30 PM an eastbound Toyota SUV crossed the centre line, approximately 11 Kilometres west of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Highway and collided head-on with a westbound SUV from BC. BCAS and RCMP attended the scene. The 58 year-old driver of the Toyota from BC was issued a Violation Ticket for Driving without Due Care, contrary to section 144(1)(a) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
 

At 5:20 PM BCAS, Revelstoke Volunteer Fire Dept and RCMP responded to yet another two vehicle crash. A westbound SUV from BC was struck by a southbound SUV from Oregon at the intersection of Douglas Street and Wright Street in Revelstoke, BC. Occupants of the vehicles were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The 35 year-old driver from Oregon was issued a Violation Ticket for, Fail to Yield after Stop contrary to section 175(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act
 

Revelstoke RCMP would like to remind motorist to be cognizant, especially this time of year as highways and roadways are busier than normal and traffic congestion is to be expected.

 

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

POLICE LOOKING FOR VICTIMS

North Van music teacher charged with sexually assaulting girls in Coquitlam

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLAN

 

North Vancouver music teacher has been arrested after a series of allegations of sexual misconduct involving underage girls in Coquitlam.

In order to further the ongoing police investigation, Coquitlam RCMP is releasing the suspect’s name and photo and urging any potential victims and witnesses to contact the RCMP.

"Lamar Victor Alviar has been teaching music out of a North Vancouver business called ‘LA Music Studio.’ There is reason to believe he has had inappropriate contact with young people around Metro Vancouver", says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. "The allegations involving Alviar include both students and non-students. Police believe there is a strong likelihood that there are victims and witnesses who have not yet spoken to police".

Alviar is described as:

• A 22-year-old man,
• Dark brown hair with hazel eyes,
• An eyebrow piercing,
• 173 cm (5' 8'') and 68 kg (150 lbs),
• Slim build.

Alviar is being released on conditions including:

• Not to be alone with anyone who reasonably appears to be under the age of 16,
• No contact or communication with anyone who appears to be under the age of 16 (including via the internet or social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Instagram or Snapchat).

If you believe that you, or someone you know, has been a victim of a crime involving Alviar, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Sex Crimes Unit (file #2019-24019).

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BLOODSHED CONTINUES

Man shot in Surrey lucky to be alive

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a shooting which injured one man in Newton. 

 

At approximately 2:52 am, on August 20, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 5900-block of 131A Street. Officers arrived and located a male suffering from an apparent gun-shot wound. The man was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit is investigating. Early indications are that this was a targeted incident and may be connected to drug trafficking. 

 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca   

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019 

 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

CHARGES RACKED UP AGAIN AFTER RELEASE FROM JAIL

Driving into oncoming traffic of no concern as miscreant flees from police

CPL THOMAS BLAKNEY

 

n Sunday August 18, 2019 at 12:21 PM Revelstoke RCMP were alerted to a black 2000 Honda Civic used to conceal stolen property from a road construction site, approximately 35 Kilometers East of Revelstoke, BC, near the Trans-Canada Highway. Shortly thereafter, RCMP received several reports of this vehicle driving erratically westbound toward Revelstoke.


Revelstoke RCMP located the vehicle, however failed to stop, making an evasive action by driving into on-coming traffic. The vehicle was later located driving near Laforme Boulevard and Peakes Drive in Revelstoke at which time another traffic stop was initiated. The driver struck the concrete meridian, causing the vehicle to be inoperable and both occupants were arrested and taken into custody without incident.


On Monday August 19, 2019 the 19 year-old male driver from Alberta was released on a Recognizance for being in Possession of Stolen Property, Flight from Police, Mischief to Property, Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle and driving without valid insurance. The 19 year-old male passenger, also from Alberta, was released on a Recognizance for being in Possession of Stolen Property.


Shortly after their release, the driver had stolen a mountain bike and was observed by Revelstoke RCMP in the 700 block of Victoria Road. The driver attempted to flee police and resisted arrest at which time a taser was deployed. He was arrested and treated by EHS for minor injuries sustained from his fall to the ground.


On Tuesday August 20, 2019 the driver appeared in Salmon Arm Provincial Court where he was released on a Recognizance for: assaulting a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Theft Under and Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000. He is expected to appear in Revelstoke Provincial Court on Wednesday September 4, 2019.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS RISE

Coroner is investigating

CPL DENNIS HWANG

he Richmond RCMP is warning the community of an uptick in the number of reported catalytic converter thefts from vehicles. A catalytic converter is present as part of the exhaust system in all modern combustion engine-equipped vehicles.

They are located underneath said vehicles and form part of their exhaust system. These cylindrical devices are used to remove harmful particulates from the exhaust gases. They are costly to replace as they contain precious metals. A single catalytic converter can cost in upwards of several thousand dollars and some modern vehicles are equipped with more than one catalytic convertor.

Thieves are stealing them either for resale or to recycle the precious metals used in their construction.

Police are warning the community to be on alert for any suspicious persons that may be working underneath parked vehicles. They may be using a powered saw or torch to remove the catalytic convertors. Sparks or flames may be present as thieves use tools to remove the converters. Pickup trucks are often the targets of this type of theft. There have been over 13 reported catalytic converter thefts since June 2019.

The Richmond RCMP Crime Prevention Unit has been reaching out to businesses and the community to provide education of this type of crime. Richmond RCMP patrol officers and officers from our Property Crime Unit and Prolific Offender Suppression Team are all actively searching for these thieves.

Please report this and any other suspicious activity immediately to the Richmond RCMP.

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019 

 

ASHCROFT RCMP

TWO MISSING MEN FOUND DEAD

Coroner is investigating

STAFF SGT JANET SHOILET

 

he Southeast District Major Crime Unit is investigating following the discovery of the bodies of two men on Saturday afternoon near Ashcroft.

On August 17, 2019 Lytton RCMP officers were called to a rural area, north of Spences Bridge for a report that two bodies had been discovered at that location.

Investigators from the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) were called to assist as the circumstances at the scene led police believe the deaths involve criminality.

Sgt. Steve Rigby of SED MCU states, "We have been working closely with the BC Coroners Service to confirm the identities of the deceased as Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr, who were reported missing to the Surrey RCMP in mid-July of this year. The RCMP is confirming their identities in an effort to advance our investigation into their deaths."

The investigation led by the SED MCU, has been assisted by Ashcroft and Lytton RCMP Detachments, the Forensic Identification Section and Police Dog Service, who assisted in scene examination and RCMP Air Services who removed the bodies from the rural location. SED MCU will continue to work with Surrey RCMP, receiving information gathered throughout the missing person’s investigation.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating these deaths and has no further information to release at this time.

If you have any information related to Ryan or Richard’s deaths, you are asked to contact the SED MCU tipline at 1-877-987-8477 or if wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN STABBED TO DEATH

Suspect tracked to residence and arrested

SGT FRANK JANG

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the stabbing death of a 45-year-old Surrey man.

Surrey:  On August 16, 2019 at approximately 3:23 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received calls about a man found bleeding in the 1700-block of 152 Street.  Frontline officers arrived on scene to find 45-year-old Delphin Paul Prestbakmo unresponsive with serious injuries.  He was pronounced dead at scene.  The Integrated Police Dog Services conducted a track to a nearby residence where one male was taken into custody.  IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

IHIT is currently 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 still early in the investigation and investigators are working to determine motive.    

“We are releasing the name of our murdered victim in an effort to determine his activities prior to his death.  We need Delphin Prestbakmo’s closest friends and associates to come forward,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We also urge any witnesses who were in the area of the 1700-block of 152 Street to contact us.” 

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, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

IIOC RCMP

POLICE SHOOT MAN

Machete report instigate shooting

CST MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n August 14, at approximately 4:17 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received a call that there was a male chasing another male with a machete in an alley in the 10600-block of 135A Street. Officers responded and located a man they believed matched the suspect description.

During the course of the interaction with the individual, police officers fired their service pistols striking the man. Emergency Health Services attended and the man was transported to hospital with non-life threatening gunshot injuries. No one else was injured during the incident. 

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

SMALL-SCALE DRUG OP BUSTED

Three gang members arrested

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n August 14, 2019 the Abbotsford Police Gang Crime Unit (GCU) and the Abbotsford Police Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) conducted a joint operation targeting Lower Mainland Gang Conflict associates involved in street level drug trafficking in Abbotsford.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of three Abbotsford males, two 18 year olds and a 19 year old. Police seized approximately $1500, individually pre-packaged doses of fentanyl and crack cocaine, cell phones that were being used to conduct the drug deals and a 2016 Jeep Wrangler that was being used to deliver the drugs.

 

The arrests were conducted with assistance from members of the Patrol Division, Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service Unit.

 

Charges of Trafficking and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (“PPT”) are being pursued against the three males. A referral to the Civil Forfeiture Office for all of the seized assets, including the vehicle, is being considered.

 

The Abbotsford Police Department’s Gang Crime Unit Sgt Smith states, “We are currently seeing a trend in Abbotsford evolving around the recruitment of youth into gangs, and more specifically “New” drivers. More established street level drug dealers are aware that the police are seizing vehicles and assets upon being arrested; so they are recruiting younger drivers to chauffeur them as they conduct their drug trafficking business.  In most cases, these young, new drivers are using vehicles registered to their parents to drive the dealers around with the promise that they will get a share of the profit at the end of the day.”

 

Sgt. Smith warns, “Although the lure of making easy cash money may sound very attractive to the youth, if you are caught driving drug dealers around, you will be charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance regardless whether you touch the drugs or not; you are still part of the offence being committed. If our investigation determines that the vehicle you are driving is an “Instrument” used to facilitate the offence, it can be seized and may be referred to the Civil forfeiture Office, regardless of whether you or your parents are the registered owners.”

 

The Abbotsford Police Department would like to remind our community and young people- if you get involved in the drug trafficking trade, you are putting yourself, friends and family at risk of becoming involved in organized crime such as the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.  This puts anyone you care about at risk of personal injury or death, not just the possibility of losing your cash and your car.

 

Over the past few years, dozens of youth involved in the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict and involved in street level drug trafficking have been shot and killed across the Lower Mainland.

 

If you think your child or someone you know is at risk or involved in gangs or drug trafficking, there is help available for you. Get in touch with the Abbotsford Police Gang Crime Unit at 604-864-4777 (email gangintervention@abbypd.ca) or CFSEU-BC’s Gang Intervention Team today for support at 604-897-6023 (gangintervention@cfseu.bc.ca).

 

Please report crime and share information by contacting the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or report online at solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

VIOLENT FUGITIVES SOUGHT

Police say targeted

SGT FRANK JANG

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting assistance from the public in locating two men wanted on Canada-wide warrants.
 

The two suspects are Shakiel Singh Basra and Amarpreet Singh Samra. Both men are 25 years old and are wanted on multiple charges including Unlawful confinement, Assault with a weapon, and Uttering threats.

 

Basra is a South Asian male, 6’0” tall, 119lbs, with a thin build and short black hair.

 

Samra is a South Asian male, 6’0” tall, 150lbs, medium build, with black hair and brown eyes.

 

The public is asked not to approach either of the suspects, but to call police if they know of their whereabouts. Both men are believed to be in the Surrey area and are associated to a black 2007 BMW X5 bearing BC license plate JL8 17D.

 

Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit, with the assistance of Surrey Gang Enforcement Team, are continuing to investigate the incidents involving the two suspects, which are believed to be isolated and targeted events.

 

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

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN STABBED TO DEATH

Police say targeted

SGT FRANK JANG

 

n August 16, 2019, just after 3:00 a.m., the Surrey RCMP came across a man with apparent stab wounds in the 1700-block of 152nd Street. The man has since succumbed to his injuries.

 Based on the investigative theory in this initial phase, this does not appear to be a random act.

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

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SURREY COPS MAKE HUGE BUST

Surprisingly a lot of the drugs were fake

RCMP COMMUNICATIONS

 

RCMP show part of the illicit drug haul.

he RCMP tok down a drug lab last week that took thousands of dollars off the streets and saving live in the meantime.

· 63,000 doses of fake OxyContin ‘80’ pills
· 94,000 doses of fake Percocet pills
· 5,000 doses of suspected cocaine

· 22,500 doses of fake heroin
· 200 doses of suspected methamphetamine
· 89 kg of an unknown cutting agent and 60 kg of a pill-binding agent
· 3 pill presses, capable of producing 3,600-16,000 tablets per hour
· 7 semi-automatic rifles including 5 x SKS, 1 x .40 calibre, and 1 x carbine

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

RCMP

MCLEOD, SCHMEGELSKY DIED BY SUICIDE

Police looking for links to Northern BC murders

DAWN ROBERTS, RCMP COMMUNICATIONS

 

he Manitoba Medical Examiner has completed the autopsies and confirmed that the two deceased men located in Manitoba on August 7, 2019 were Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. Their next of kin have been notified and they have been offered support.

The RCMP can also confirm that the two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire. While both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found, the exact time and date of their deaths are not known. However, there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area.

Police can also confirm that two firearms were also located with the two deceased males and forensic analysis is underway in order to definitively confirm that these weapons are connected with the northern BC homicide investigations. The Manitoba RCMP have completed their search of the area where the two male bodies were discovered, approximately 8 km from where Mr. Dyck’s burnt RAV4 was located on July 22, 2019.

Investigators are now assessing all items located in Manitoba, along with the previous findings related to the three northern BC homicide investigations, in order to gain more clarity into what happened to Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese. The assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary time lines, physical or digital evidence, and the BC RCMP have also have engaged our Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU).

The BC RCMP commits that once we have completed that review within the next few weeks, we will be providing the families with an update with respect to the totality of the investigations and then releasing the information publicly.

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BOAT DEALERSHIP TARGETED FOR FRAUD

Police look for more possible victims

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an ongoing fraud investigation involving a local boat dealership and appealing to potential victims to come forward.

 

The investigation involves alleged fraudulent business practices by Breakwater Marine, a boat dealership located in the 16000 block of Fraser Highway. Surrey RCMP has received multiple complaints regarding the business since June 2019 and officers have been in the information gathering stage since that time.

 

On August 8, 2019 at approximately 10:00 am, Surrey RCMP executed a search warrant at the business. Multiple boats were seized during the course of the warrant. One person has been arrested.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Economic Crime Unit continues to investigate. Officers believe there may be other victims who have not yet come forward and are urging them to contact police if they have allegedly been defrauded monies or property by the business. 

 

Anyone who may have been the victim, and has not already contacted police, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca quoting file# 2019-97189.

 

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

GETTIN' WIGGY WITH IT

Police charge woman with using a fake firearm in attempted robbery

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

t 5 pm last night, a lone female wearing a wig, sunglasses and dark clothing entered a clothing store in Cedar Park Place. The sales staff were suspicious of her actions and when confronted, she produced a firearm and threatened the staff with it.


The female fled on foot, however, minutes later was apprehended by patrol officers less than a block away on Clearbrook Road.
The firearm was recovered and determined to an imitation.
Brianna Gray, 34, remains in custody and is additionally charged with two counts of robbery.
 

"Investigating any violent crime is top priority for AbbyPD,” states Inspector Jason Burrows, the OIC in charge of the Patrol Division, “Arresting someone that is using a firearm or imitation during a violent event exposes the public, police, and even the suspect to greater risk."
 

Ms. Gray remains in custody on these charges. Her next court date will be be August 15, 2019.

 

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SHOTS FIRED

Police believe targeted

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is investigating a shots fired in the Whalley area of Surrey.

 

On August 12 at 1:50am, police responded to shots being fired in the 10600-block of King George Boulevard. A man was located near the area with an apparent head injury. He was treated in hospital for his injury and has since been released.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit are investigating the incident and early indications are that the incident was targeted.

 

Anyone with further information or who may have CCTV of the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

VALEMONT RCMP

ASIAN VISITOR DROWNS

Fast water swept away after falling in river

CST MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Friday August 9 2019, an adult male and two companions were walking along the lower section of the Berg Lake trail when he slipped and fell into the Robson River. His companions could not reach him and the man was swept away by the fast moving water.

Valemount RCMP, Robson Valley SAR, BC Parks, Parks Canada and BC Ambulance attended however, sadly the man was located deceased approximately 800 metres downstream from where he fell in. A swift water rescue team led by Parks Canada (Jasper) was called to recover the man from the river. The 53-year-old man, a Chinese citizen, was visiting the area.

This area is the same location that saw the drowning death of a German tourist in June 2019.
The water moves extremely fast in this area of the river and tragedy, such as this, can happen in seconds, said Cpl Jacob Joslin, Valemount RCMP. The RCMP would like to remind people to be extra vigilant when hiking near water.

BC Coroners Service has conduct of the investigation and the RCMP have no further information to release. For privacy purposes, neither the RCMP or BC Coroners service will be releasing the identity of the man.

 

MAPLE RIDGE RCMP

CASH, CARS, COCAINE

Mounties scoop up tens of thousands of dollars

CST JULIE KLAUSSNER

 

 

he Ridge Meadows RCMP Street Enforcement Unit (SEU) have arrested 4 people and seized multiple items in relation to an alleged drug trafficking operation.

 

Over the course of two months, SEU members conducted surveillance and observed multiple meetings between three suspects and others synonymous with alleged drug trafficking.  The surveillance, and information obtained through search warrants, led the SEU to four residences in the Maple Ridge area.

 

On Thursday, July 25, search warrants were simultaneously executed on houses in the 10400-block Robertson street and 11600-block Pine street. 

Three men and one woman were arrested and the following items were seized;

 

• Approximately 300 doses of alleged cocaine
• $44,760.00 cash CAD
• Approximately $1000 cash USD
• Drug packaging materials
• Accounting paperwork and a money counting machine
• 2015 Mercedes CLS6 car
• 2018 Ducati motorcycle
• 2010 Chevrolet Malibu car
• 2009 Dodge Calibre car

 

“We have to deploy our resources in a manner which provides the greatest impact to our communities and targeting these types of operations is how we do that,” states Superintendent Jennifer Hyland.  “We’d be pretty ineffective if we always revealed what we are up to but we do want residents to know that we are out there focusing on these high profile targets. There is no place for this in our communities and we will find and arrest you.”

 

 

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

FORT ST JOHN RCMP

Attempted Abduction of Flagger

Police on the lookout for blue van

CPL CHRIS MANSEAU

n August 4th 2019 at approximately 9:30am the Fort St John RCMP were made aware of an attempted abduction of road flagger.

Through investigation it was learned that at approximately 9:00am a dark blue van with silver striping approached a road flagger on Highway 29 near Szoo Rd, approximately 27 kms south-west of Charlie Lake. The van came to a stop near the lone woman flagger and a caucasian male opened the van’s rear doors, exited the van and attempted to pull the woman in it. The flagger struggled with the unknown male, who eventually got back in the van and the van drove off toward Hudson’s Hope BC. The male appeared to be caucasian and the victim did not recognize this person.

Currently Fort St John RCMP Frontline members are partnering with RCMP members from Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Ft Nelson and Grande Prairie in an attempt to identify the suspect, or the vehicle in this incident. RCMP members are currently canvassing neighboring properties to speak with witnesses, or to obtain any video surveillance they may have.
Traffic Services members in North District have been made aware and are currently looking for any vehicles that match the description.

The van is described as;
• dark blue with silver striping
• chrome on front grille
• barn style rear doors

The suspect is described as;
• caucasian male
• approximately 5’9
• no accent when he spoke

'We're asking for anyone who was in the Charlie Lake area to try to remember if they saw a vehicle matching this description to call the RCMP' says Sgt Joelle LaChance, A/Operations NCO of the Fort St John RCMP. 'Your dash cam footage may be able to help us identify the suspect in this crime'.

The Ft St John RCMP are asking anyone who may have been in this area at the time of this incident and may recognize this van, the suspect or have dash cam video footage to contact the Ft St John RCMP at 250-787-8140.  Media enquiries may be directed to 778-290-2929.

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

WILLIAMS LAKE RCMP

EARLY MORNING SHOOTING LEAVES

ONE DEAD

Police look to the community for leads

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Tuesday August 6th 2019 at 12:47 AM, Williams Lake RCMP were called to a report of shots fired in the 1100 Block of Mackenzie avenue in the city.

Upon police attendance, they discovered an injured male in the driveway of a home on Mackenzie Avenue. The 43-year-old man was taken to hospital where he succumbed to injuries sustained.

Williams Lake General Investigation Section with support from North District Major Crime Unit are actively investigating this priority offence said Cpl. Madonna Saunderson, North District Media Relations.

If you have any information, or know of any suspicious activity prior to and leading up to the offence, contact the Williams Lake RCMP at 250 392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

POLICE SEEK PAIR

Wanted on Canada-wide warrants

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is seeking assistance from the public in locating two outstanding males wanted on Canada Wide Warrants.

 

Meaz Nour-Eldin and Nathan Barthlette are both wanted on charges of Kidnapping, Unlawful Confinement, Aggravated Assault, Use of a firearm during the commission of an offence, and robbery and firearm offences.

 

Nour-Eldin is described as a 22-year-old Somalian male, 6’1”, 181 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. He has tattoos on his left hand, left wrist, and upper torso. Investigators believe Nour-Eldin may have fled to other parts of the country, including possibly Quebec and Ontario.
 

Barthlette is described as a 21-year-old Caucasian male, 5’7”, 121 lbs, with blue eyes and black hair.

 

These charges stem from an ongoing Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit investigation involving a kidnapping and an assault. This was an isolated and targeted incident and additional suspects have already been charged and remain in custody for this incident.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these two individuals is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

WOMAN ATTACKED IN HER YARD

Neighbour showed up and suspect ran

CST MIKE WILFORD

 

n August 6, 2019, shortly after midnight, a 42 year old female was assaulted in her back yard in the Clearbrook area, north of Highway 1 in Abbotsford.  The investigation is currently being handled by Major Crime detectives and supported by the Patrol Branch.

 

At the time of the attack, the victim was in her backyard alone on her deck when she was grabbed from behind.  The victim received minor injuries during the attack and has been released from hospital.  Due to the nature of the attack the victim was unable to describe the attacker in any detail.  At this point the suspect is believed to be an adult male.  Major Crime detectives are actively investigating to obtain a more detailed description, at which time an updated release will be posted.

 

The investigation is in the early stages and it appears that the attack was sexually motivated. The attacker was not known to the victim.  It is believed that the attack ended when a neighbour returned home.  The attacker fled with the victim’s electronic device.

 

The Abbotsford Police would like to remind the public to practice awareness, even in the safety of their own homes and yards.  At night, keep outside lights on in the front and back yard.  The public is also reminded to report any suspicious persons or activity to police.

 

The Abbotsford Police Department is appealing to anyone with information about this incident to call us at 604-859-5225, text us at 222973 (abbypd), or to report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or online at Solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

CHILD'S GARDEN OF GRASS

Marijuana found in annual garden and art tour

RCMP

 

CMP in Revelstoke are warning residents to know the law if they intend to grow Cannabis after an annual tour led to the execution of a search warrant last week.

 

On July 28, 2019, Revelstoke Local Food Initiative hosted their 7th annual Garden and Art Tour.  This event consisted of a self-guided tour, where home owners open their gates to display their beautiful gardens and art to the public.  It’s advertised as a fun event for all ages.

 

An off duty police officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a visiting family member, saw the posting for this event and decided to take advantage of the tour. As many of us will agree, Revelstoke is an extremely beautiful community and what better way on a sunny Saturday than to showcase the community to a visiting guest.

 

The officer and his guest were extremely excited to check out some of Revelstoke’s many talented residences.  They purchased  tickets, picked up a map and the two started out on the tour.  As the tour progressed participants were exposed to blatant violations of Section 56 (g) Cannabis Control and Licensing Act; non-medical Cannabis Plants growing in full view of the public.

 

As a result of observations made during the public tour, a search warrant was executed on a residence on August 2, 2019.  Police seized marihuana plants and other items to support charges.  The file remains under investigation.

 

“The Cannabis Control and Licensing Act was created to ensure the production, possession and distribution of cannabis would be done in a safe and controlled manner.  Unfortunately, the violations of CCLA by some of our residents has brought some negative light to Revelstoke and the Garden and Art tour,” states Cpl. Mike Esson of the Revelstoke RCMP.  “By not properly growing cannabis plants, the residents have opened themselves up to the possibility of theft of the cannabis and  drugs falling into the hands of  youth in our community,” Cpl. Esson continues.

Revelstoke RCMP want to remind people that they need to know and follow the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act if they intend to grow cannabis.

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

STABBING

Pair tracked by Police K9 and Air 1

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a fight involving a weapon and the subsequent arrest of two individuals, that occurred this morning in South Surrey. 

 

At approximately 8:50 am, on August 6, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a fight in the 900-block of 160 Street. Officers arrived and located a man suffering from apparent stab wounds. The victim was transported to hospital by air ambulance in serious, but stable condition.

 

Two suspects initially fled from the scene in a vehicle and then on foot. Both have been apprehended by police in the Cloverdale area with assistance from the Integrated Police Dog Services and RCMP Air Services.

 

The investigation is in its early stages, however initial indications are that this is a targeted incident.

 

Surrey General Investigations Unit with the assistance of Surrey Serious Crime are continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

STAWAMUS CHIEF CLAIMS LIFE

SAR assists in rescue effort

CST SASCHA BANKS

 

n August 4th, 2019, at 11:30 am Squamish RCMP was contacted by a climber on The Stawamus Chief.  The individual stated they had observed a group who's lead climber had fallen whilst on the Angel's Crest portion of the north face.

Squamish RCMP, Squamish Search and Rescue, and Squamish BC Ambulance attended to the location and found the climber was 200-300 metres up the face.  The location and position of the man required a highly skilled team and the Squamish SAR medical team responded alongside the rescuers.

"After a difficult and highly technical extraction the man, a 33-year-old Squamish resident, went into medical distress and died a short time later" stated Sergeant Sascha Banks. "The climbing community in Squamish is a very close and I know it will be a hard loss for everyone.  Our thoughts go out to not only the man's friends and family but to the Squamish SAR team who worked tirelessly to help him." 

This is the second climber to die on The Stawamus Chief in the last 6 weeks and the third Squamish SAR call out for climbers in distress over the last 3 days.  Squamish RCMP along with it's partners will be working hard to get the "safe adventuring" messaging out to the affected community.

The Squamish RCMP has handed over the investigation to the BC Coroner's Service and will be assisting them over the next few days.  If anyone has any information please contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100.

 

  SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN HIT BY TRAIN

Victim suffered non-life threatening injuries

S/SGT MA HEDDERSON

 

n August 4th, 2019, at approximately 1:00 P.M., Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted police received several 911 calls reporting that a male had been struck by a slow moving freight train, just south of the 15,800 Block of Marine Rd., Surrey, B.C.  Officers of the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police along with Surrey Fire Department and British Columbia Ambulance Service, attended to the location, and located a 58 year old residence of Surrey, that had been struck by a train.  The male had observed the train approaching and his two unleashed dogs with him had run onto the Railway right of way.  The male had been attempting to get his dogs off of the tracks, when he was struck by the train at low speed as it attempted to stop. 

 

The male received several non-life threatening injuries, and was communicating with Emergency responders, and was transported to hospital for treatment.  The dogs were uninjured.
 

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are requesting the public's assistance and are asking that anyone who may have witnessed what occurred and not spoken to the police are asked to call the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers in reference to Surrey File # 2019-117864.
 

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

IHIT

GANG MEMBER SHOT DEAD

Surrey police try to piece together shooting

SGT. FRANK JANG

 

n August 2, 2019 at 9:20 a.m., the Surrey RCMP were called to the 3000-block of 152 Street for reports of shots fired.  Frontline officers and emergency responders arrived on scene and found 43-year-old Suminder Grewal with gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced dead at scene.        

Immediately following the shooting, members of the public phoned police with information regarding a suspect vehicle which was quickly passed on to all officers.  Frontline officers of the Surrey RCMP, members of CFSEU’s Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team and Police Service Dog Garner of the Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) responded promptly and were able to intercept the suspect vehicle and subsequently arrest two men in connection with the earlier homicide.  These two men remain in police custody. 

IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with its partners from the B.C. Coroners Service and the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit to complete priority tasks including a thorough neighbourhood canvass for video surveillance footage and witnesses.  IHIT’s crime scene manager will be working with forensic specialists from the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) to complete a fulsome forensic examination of the suspect vehicle and the physical evidence collected at the scene of the shooting.

Mr. Grewal was a well-established member of an organized crime group and it is believed that his homicide was targeted.  IHIT will be engaging with numerous gang enforcement units throughout the lower mainland region that will be working to mitigate any ongoing violence.

“IHIT wishes to thank the public as well as our policing partners from the Surrey RCMP, CFSEU and IPDS for their courageous efforts,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Despite the arrests made in relation to today’s shooting, there is much work ahead for our detectives and partners this long weekend.  We need to speak with everyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting and for Mr. Grewal’s close associates to come forward and help us solve his murder.”   

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).

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

Chief Dan George Sculpture Missing

Police reach out to the community to help locate

CST ROB DYCK

 

Update: Recovered

 

n Thursday July 4, 2019, Abbotsford School District contacted Abbotsford Police to report the theft of a stone sculpture depicting Chief Dan George. The sculpture, created by artist Gerald Sandau, is approximately 70 lbs, 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. It is valued at $8,000

 

The sculpture was donated in 2017 and has been on display in Chief Dan George Middle School’s main display case. The sculpture was placed in secure storage when renovations began at the school.

In June 2019, school staff attempted to locate the sculpture to put it on display in the main office. At that time it became apparent that the statue was missing, and police were contacted.

The Abbotsford Police is appealing to anyone with information about this incident to call 604-859-5225, text 222973(abbypd), or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477(TIPS) or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

MAN BARRICADES HIMSELF

Stand-off ends with arrest

CST ROB DYCK

 

n July 31st at approximately 19:30 hours, Abbotsford Police conducted a follow up inquiry at a residence in the 2200-block of Sentinel Drive. The subject of the inquiry was located at the residence, but refused to exit the house when instructed, instead barricading himself in the garage.

A 3 ½ hour standoff ensued, with police entering the residence to ensure the safety of the occupants. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

Currently the male is facing a charge of Fail to comply with Recognizance. Additional charges may be considered.

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

STUNT DRIVER LOSE VEHICLES

Cops seize 9 vehicle and issue tickets

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP are putting the brakes on stunt driving at a popular location for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to gather in South Surrey.

 

Over the past several weeks, vehicle enthusiasts have been making the area of 2800-block of 192 Street their unofficial gathering place. This has led to numerous reports of unsafe driving behaviours, including stunt driving.

 

Surrey RCMP officers have been conducting traffic enforcement in the area and on July 12th they seized and impounded nine vehicles for seven days, in relation to stunt driving. In addition to having their vehicles seized, the drivers also received violation tickets for driving without due care, which carries a fine of $368 and six points on your license. 


“High risk driving behaviour is a
contributing factor in approximately 66% of Surrey’s fatal or serious injury collisions.” says Sergeant Gary Goller of the Community Response Unit. “Our goal is not to disrupt car enthusiasts as they show off their hard work and passion for cars, but to ensure those present are operating their vehicles in a safe manner.”


In addition to a continued presence in South Surrey, RCMP officers will continue to be engaged in traffic enforcement efforts across the city to address dangerous driving behaviour.

The public are encouraged to report unsafe driving behaviour to the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COPS COLLIDE

Robbery suspect on the loose

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an investigation into a personal robbery and a collision which took place in the Newton area last night.  

 

On July 30, 2019, at approximately 10:17 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of an attempted personal robbery in progress outside a residence in the 6800-block of 148 Street. The information received was that a male suspect was in possession of a possible firearm, and demanding personal items from an adult victim.

 

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 20-25 years old, 5’8” tall, with brown hair and a thin build. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit is continuing the investigation and appealing to the public for more information and possible witnesses.

 

While responding to the emergent situation, two police vehicles were involved in a collision at the intersection of 72 Avenue and 140 Street. Both officers were treated at hospital for minor injuries and have since been released. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

 

Anyone with further information about the attempted robbery, or that may have CCTV footage of the suspect, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

MAN SHOT

Victim in hosptial

Staff Sgt Janelle Sholet

 

ichmond RCMP is appealing for witnesses in a Monday night shooting which sent one man to hospital.
 

Just before 10:20 p.m. on July 29, Richmond RCMP received numerous calls to the 6500-block of No. 3 Rd, Richmond, for reports of possible shots fired. When front line officers arrived they found a 35-year-old man suffering from what appeared to be gun shot wounds. He was transported by BC Emergency Health Services to a local area hospital for treatment of what are believed to be serious but non-life threatening injuries.
 

Witnesses at the scene reported a 2-door, silver sedan had been seen driving by and shots being fired by someone inside this vehicle. The driver then fled the scene.
 

Just after 11:20 p.m., Vancouver Police officers were called to the 2100-block of Newport Ave, Vancouver for a report of a vehicle fire, matching the description provided by witnesses at the scene in Richmond.
The Richmond Serious Crime Unit, which is leading the investigation, is working closely with the Vancouver Police Department to determine possible links.
 

“We understand this is unsettling for the entire community and want to assure our residents that at this time, our investigators have reason to believe that the victim, who is known to us, was targeted,” states Inspector Keith Bramhill of the Richmond RCMP. “We are asking anyone who may have been a witness or may have been driving in the area and have dash-cam video to please call us."

 

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

HOMELESS CAMP SENIOR STABBED

Police hope to ID suspect

CST DEANNA DIXON

 

n July 28, 2019 around 11:00pm, Abbotsford Police responded to an altercation between two people at a homeless camp on Gladys Ave. A male in his early 60's sustained severe stab wounds and was transported to hospital, where he remains in serious condition.


The initial investigation has revealed that the parties are likely known to each other, but it's not known at this time what instigated this incident. The suspect has yet to be identified.


Police have not yet recovered the weapon but believe there is no threat to public safety.
Abbotsford Major Crime Unit continues to investigate.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 604-859-5225, text 222973(abbypd) or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or solvecrime.ca

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

Police reach out to the community to help ID man

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting help from the public to identify the suspect in a sexual assault which occurred in Newton earlier this month.

 

At approximately 9:00 pm, on July 16, 2019, a woman was gardening in her front yard in the 6100-block of 138 Street when an unknown man in a white Jaguar sedan pulled into her driveway and approached her to ask for directions. After speaking briefly, the man groped the woman before getting back into his car and driving away.

 

Police are now releasing a photo of the man and the car, and are asking anyone with information that can help to identify him to call Surrey RCMP.

 

The man is described as South Asian, approximately 30-years-old, with a medium build, wearing a head scarf, grey shirt, and black shorts.

 

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

 

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

COPS LOOK FOR WOMAN WITNESS TO STABBING

Victim died later in hospital

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to identify a key witness in the stabbing death of a 42-year-old Richmond man.

Richmond:  On July 23, 2019 at around 2 p.m., an argument between two men ensued on board a Coast Mountain bus near No3 Road and Cambie Road in Richmond, B.C. resulting in one of the men being fatally stabbed.    

IHIT took conduct of the investigation and continues to complete priority tasks.  Investigators have reviewed the video surveillance footage inside the bus and have identified a passenger who may have important information about the altercation.  This passenger is described as an Asian female wearing sunglasses, a dark hat, white jacket, blue pants and carrying a black purse (photograph attached).  

“Let us be clear that the woman in the photograph is not under investigation but is rather a potentially crucial witness of the altercation,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “If you recognize her, please have her contact IHIT immediately.  We also urge any other passengers who have still not spoken to police to come forward.” 

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).

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MISSING MEN

Vehicle found near Logan Lake

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is providing an update to the ongoing investigation to locate Ryan Provencher (right) and Richard Scurr (below), who are missing from Surrey.

 

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr were last seen at approximately 12:30 pm on July 17, 2019, in the 16400 block of 23A Avenue in Surrey, in a white Jeep Cherokee.

 

It is now believed that the pair were planning to travel to Spences Bridge, British Columbia, on July 17, 2019. Preliminary information indicates that they made it to their destination, however investigators are still following up to confirm this. Provencher and Scurr have not been seen or heard from since.  

 

On July 21,2019, the Jeep associated to the two men was located, parked in a wooded area near Logan Lake, British Columbia. No indication of foul play was discovered when the Jeep was recovered, however it has been transported to Kamloops and will undergo further examination.


Following the recovery of the Jeep, a Search and Rescue team, the Integrated Police Dog Services, and the RCMP Air 4 helicopter were dispatched to conduct a search of the vast wooded area. Following that search, investigators do not believe that Provencher or Scurr are missing in that area.  

 

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these men to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

MAN DIES AFTER BEING STABBED ON BUS

Police look for witnesses

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

hortly before hours 2pm on July 23, 2019, Richmond RCMP officers responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding an incident onboard a Coast Mountain Bus near No. 3 Road and Cambie Road.

It is alleged that a physical altercation occurred between two passengers.

One passenger, a 42-year-old man from Richmond, was transported to hospital by emergency medical personnel suffering from critical stab wounds. Another passenger, a 21-year-old man from Richmond has been arrested and remains in police custody. Police do not believe there to be any further suspects outstanding.

The Richmond RCMP Serious Crime Unit has taken conduct of the investigation.

“The Richmond RCMP would like to ask the community especially any of those on board the bus to please contact us if you have not already done so. Your information is very important to our investigation. We would ask that any one with any information about this incident to contact Constable Sandra Chan from the Richmond RCMP Serious Crimes Unit at 604-278-1212 and quote file 2019-24041.”

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOMAN GRABBED IN PARK

Police seek to ID male

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault and seeking assistance to identify the suspect.

 

On July 9th, 2019 at approximately 12:00 pm, Surrey RCMP responded after receiving a report of a sexual assault in Newton Athletic Park in the 7300-block of 128 Street. Police were advised that a woman was walking through the park when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male suspect.  The woman was able to break free from the suspect, who ran from the area. Police conducted patrols in the area, with assistance from the Integrated Police Dog Services, however the suspect was not located.

 

Investigators are seeking public assistance to identify the suspect, and are providing two composite sketches. These sketches are of the same suspect based on two separate witness statements.

 

The suspect is described as a South Asian male, in his mid-20's, approximately 5'8", with dark facial hair, wearing a red t-shirt, black shorts, black Jordan slippers, and black socks.

 

Anyone with further information which can assist this investigation is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 

 

PENTICTON RCMP

BODY FOUND IN OKANAGAN LAKE

Police seek to ID victim

CPL. JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

n July 20, 2019 at 8:37 a.m., RCMP received a report of deceased individual discovered floating in Okanagan Lake near the break-wall at the marina.
Penticton RCMP officers, responded alongside BC Emergency Health Services and the Penticton Fire Department. The BC Coroners Service were also called to the scene.


The Penticton Fire Department rescue crew assisted with the safe recovery of the deceased.


“The investigation remains in its preliminary stages, however criminality is not suspected in the individual’s sudden death at this time,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP. “The BC Coroners Service is also investigating the person’s death, and the Penticton RCMP continue to work together with the coroner in an effort to positively identify the remains.”

 

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019 

 

LIARD RCMP

Witness Steps Forward

A man was seen arguing with the couple

CPL JANELLE SHOILET

BC News is reporting there's been a new development regarding the bizarre double-murder of the young couple at Liard Hot Springs saying that a witness has stepped forward indicating they saw them arguing with a man and questions have risen that a body found found a few hours drive away is somehow connected.

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019 

 

LIARD RCMP

MURDERED COUPLE IDENTIFIED

Police mum on how they were killed, asking for dash cam footage

CPL JANELLE SHOILET

CMP have now confirmed the identity of the victims of the double homicide south of Liard Hot Springs which occurred between Sunday July 14, 2019 to Monday July 15, 2019.

"In an effort to further the investigation and help determine a timeline leading up to their deaths, we are identifying the victims as Chynna Noelle Deese of the United States and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia," states Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, Media Relations Officer for the BC RCMP.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Northern Rockies RCMP Detachment at 250-774-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 

 

POCO RCMP

FIREBUGS BOOKED

Teens arrested for arsons in bookbin blazes

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

19-year-old and a 17-year-old, both from Port Coquitlam, have been arrested and released on a Promise to Appear in court on October 10, 2019. Each suspect is facing a charge of arson causing damage to property.

 

The community told us that these 11 fires were a serious concern so we assigned Coquitlam RCMP’s Arson Unit to the case, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. We’ve used a lot of resources including surveillance, search warrants, production orders, and cooperation from our city partners at both Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. A tip from the public put us over the top and directly led to these charges.

The first of 11 fires was started on March 20, 2019, and continued until May 18, 2019.

 

Good cooperation from the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam fire departments helped ensure these fires didn’t spread and also helped our investigators collate evidence, says Corporal McLaughlin. Many of these book exchanges were located near homes and green spaces and the damage could have been worse.

 

The investigation is not over and more charges are possible. If anyone has more information about the fires, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Arson Unit (file 2019-9080).

 

 

IHIT RCMP

COLD CASE MURDER SOLVED

Suspect arrested charged with 2nd degree murder

CPL FRANK JANG

man has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the homicide of Tee Bor.

On February 17, 2019, the Surrey RCMP were called to a report of an assault at a residence in the 13300-block of 105 Avenue.  Frontline officers arrived on scene to find 68-year-old Tee Bor with serious injuries.  Mr. Bor was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.  His death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the case.

Investigators quickly determined that this was an isolated incident and there was no risk to public safety.  An extensive neighbourhood canvass was undertaken, numerous interviews conducted and considerable forensic evidence analyzed.   

After less than five months since the initial deployment, the tireless work of IHIT and its partners has resulted in charge approval from the B.C. Prosecution Service. 

On July 12, 2019, 26-year-old Pee Lee PI of Surrey was arrested and charged with second degree murder for the death of Mr. Bor.

Mr. PI will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on July 15, 2019.    

“IHIT would like to thank its many partners whose contributions helped advance this investigation to today’s outcome,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the family of Mr. Tee Bor and anyone else that was affected by his loss.” 

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).

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

DOMESTIC ARGUMENT LEAVES PAIR INJURED

Woman charged after domestic fight where both were injured by knife

CST ASHLEY MACKAY

erious Crime investigators continue to probe the circumstances surrounding a domestic dispute which left both parties with serious injuries.

On July 14th, 2019 at approximately 9:00 pm, Squamish RCMP responded to a report of a domestic assault involving a knife in the Squamish neighbourhood of Valleycliffe. Police arrived on-scene where they located a male and female who were both injured.

Both parties were transported to hospital, received medical attention and have since been discharged.

The female, a 36-year-old Squamish resident, was released from police custody with a court date in September.

Sgt. Jeff Shore of the Squamish General Investigation Section acknowledges "the quick response of neighbours who phoned 911 and administered first aid until emergency services arrived on scene."

The investigation remains active and ongoing being led by the Sea to Sky General Investigation Section who are working alongside the Integrated Forensic Identification Section.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

CELL PHONES/PEOPLE WHO WITHDREW AT ATMS TARGETED

Screams alert bystanders, police offer tips to avoid being robbed

CPL DENNIS HWANG

he Richmond RCMP is investigating 3 robberies that occurred on between July 3rd and July 9th 2019.

These robberies occurred during the afternoon or evening hours and were all in the downtown corridor of Richmond.

The victims were walking when they had either a cell phone, purse, or satchel snatched from their hands by a male suspect riding a bike.

The Richmond RCMP is also investigating 2 robberies and 1 attempted robbery where a suspect targeted victims who recently withdrew funds from ATM machines. These crimes occurred in afternoon/early evening hours between June 30 and July 5, 2019 and occurred near the TD Canada Trust at 8500 No. 3 Road, near the RBC at 10111 No. 3 Rd, and near the CIBC Bank at 8751 No. 1 Road.

The suspect in these robberies is described as a:

• Caucasian male
• Late 20s, early 30s
• Heavy set
• 6’ tall
• Dark short hair

“We have several teams of officers from our General Investigation Section working these cases. We would like to remind the community to be especially vigilant and pay close attention to your surroundings” says Corporal Dennis Hwang. “If walking alone, do periodic checks around you and keep your attention focussed. If you are carrying a purse or satchel, placing it central to your body makes it harder to dislodge from your shoulder. When departing any financial institution, currency exchange, or ATM, be cautious and secure any withdrawals out of sight prior departing. In one of the incidents, the attempted robbery was thwarted by screaming and making a lot of commotion which was overheard by bystanders” adds Cpl. Hwang.

Richmond RCMP is asking for anyone with potential information on these crimes to contact the Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section at 604-278-1212 by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2019 

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

PEDOPHILE ARRESTED

Robert Calvert faces multiple charges

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

man is charged with child sexual assault and pornography offences following a one year RCMP investigation.

Robert Wayne Calvert was arrested June 19, 2019, and has been charged with allegations dating from January 2015 to January 2018, including:


• 3 counts of sexual interference.
• 3 counts of sexual assault.
• 1 count of invitation to sexual touching.
• 2 counts of make child pornography.
• 1 count of distribute child pornography.
• 1 count of access child pornography.
• 1 count of possession of child pornography.

 

“Mr. Calvert has resided in communities around the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island regions,” says Constable Blaine Wiese of the Chilliwack RCMP. “We are asking anyone who feels they have information regarding our investigation to contact the Chilliwack RCMP or your local police agency.”

 

Anyone with information 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).

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

BANK ROBBER SOUGHT

Police ID  suspect as Lucus Bradwell

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

t approximately noon in July 2, 2019, Lucas Bradwell. 28, walked into the HSBC on South Fraser Way and provided a note demanding moneye to the teller. No weapon was produced during the robbery. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money, fled from the bank into a waiting taxi.


bby PD ID'd Bradwell as the suspect. He's know in municipalities aroun the Lower Mainland, however it's believed he is on Vancouver Island.


Bradwell is 6 feet, 185 lb, short brown hair, blue eyes and "Bradwell tattoo on his right forearm. Anyone with information on his whereabouts it asked to call the APD at 604-859-5225, text 222973 or report at Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477. File number 2019-28041

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

NOTHING TOO BIG FOR THIEF

Police seize tractor trailers, semi, vehicles, drugs among other things

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n July 8, 2019, Abbotsford Police patrol officers observed a stolen flat deck truck transporting an excavator onto a residential property in the 1200-blk of Columbia Road.  Upon further investigation, additional stolen items were located on the property.  A 45 year old man was arrested for possession of stolen property.

 

The execution of search warrants resulted in the seizure of over $300,000 of stolen property (including excavating equipment, commercial tractor trailer units, bobcats, trailers, jet ski, and vehicles), illicit drugs (including suspected heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine ) and five firearms (located in a stolen camper trailer). 

 

This is an active investigation.  Abbotsford Police investigators continue efforts to return the recovered stolen property to its rightful owners. Additional information may be provided as this investigation develops.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

CAT CONVERTER THEFT LEADS TO VEHICLE FIRES

Mounties search for black sedan

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

olice are looking for a dark, older model sedan and four suspects after two vehicle fires that may have been caused by an attempt to steal catalytic converters.

At 3:30 a.m. this morning (July 11, 2019) Coquitlam RCMP and the Coquitlam Fire Department were called because two vehicles were on fire in the 1000-block of Riverside Drive, Port Coquitlam.

The investigation has just started, but witness statements and video support the theory that the vehicle fires were started by thieves attempting to steal catalytic converters.

Police are looking for:

• A dark, older-model sedan that was seen driving away from the scene. Four males were inside,
• One of the suspects is described as a tall, lanky male with a grey hoodie,
• The suspect was also wearing a headlamp.

It’s too early to say if this file is related to any other catalytic converter thefts, but that’s one of the possibilities the Coquitlam RCMP will be investigating.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

HEY DAD, GUESS WHAT?

Teen caught driving 187 km/hr

SGT JUDY BIRD

n 18-year-old male (“N” driver) has been charged with excessive speeding after being caught allegedly driving 187 km/hr on Highway 11. 

On Thursday, July 4 at 7:30pm, an Abbotsford Police Traffic Enforcement Unit officer clocked an Audi A3 travelling 107 km/hr above the speed limit on Highway 11 at Clayburn Road. A 17-year-old passenger was also in the vehicle. The vehicle was towed and will be impounded for 7 days.  The driver’s license will be reviewed by the Superintendent of the Motor Vehicle Branch.  

Speeding can be expensive.  Drivers caught going 40 km/h or more over the limit receive an automatic 3 demerit points and face a fine between $368- $483.

From the ICBC website at https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/crashes-happen/Pages/Speed.aspx:

The faster you go, the more you pay

If you’re caught speeding, you pay in a number of ways – and the cost increases the more you speed.

Driver risk premium

If you have one or more excessive speeding tickets, you pay a driver risk premium. It's based on convictions over a three-year period. You pay the driver risk premium on top of your cost of insurance.

Fines

Ticket fines increase the further over the speed limit you drive. If you're caught doing 20km/hr over the speed limit on a highway, you'll be ticketed $138; do more than 40km/hr, and the ticket is $368. In a school, playground or construction zone, the fines range from $196 to $483.

Vehicle impoundment

Besides the violation ticket fine and driver risk premium, police can immediately impound your vehicle for seven days for those travelling 40 km or more over the posted speed limit. This could escalate to 30 or 60 days for repeat offenders. The owner is then required to pay the vehicle towing and storage fees to get their vehicle back.

“You may think you’re in control at these high speeds, but should you need to take evasive action, or react to another driver, you may find yourself unable to respond effectively.  The results can be deadly.” states the AbbyPD Traffic Enforcement Unit’s Sgt. Desi Sansalone.

Drier weather is expected in the next few mont. AbbyPD reminds you to drive safely and obey all traffic rules.  Please slow down. Speeding isn’t worth the risk.

*Reminder: laws and fines regulating road safety are the responsibility of the BC Govt– police enforce these statutes and regulations*

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN HOUSE

RCMP investigation in progress

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a sudden death investigation which began after a deceased woman was located at a residence in Newton.

 

On July 7 at approximately 7:00 am, Surrey RCMP responded to a call for service at a residence in the 13600-block of 60 Avenue. Upon arrival police located a deceased woman inside the residence.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit and the BC Coroner’s Services are investigating. The cause of death is still under investigation and a determination has not been made as to whether the death is a result of criminality. 

 

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

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

HAVE YOU SEEN LARISSA MILLS?

Woman with mental health issues sought

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he Coquitlam RCMP is asking for your help in the search for Larissa Milus who is wanted on a BC Mental Health Act Warrant (Form 21). Milus was last seen on July 4, 2019 at 6:50 p.m. in Port Coquitlam and was reported missing to police at 8:00 p.m. that same day.

Police are concerned for the wellbeing of Milus and would like to speak to her.

Milus is described as:

• 49-year-old Caucasian female, no teeth
• Medium length black hair
• 5’8 (172 cm) and 117 lbs (53 kg)
• Wearing light gray pants, black jean jacket, BB cap with flowers, glasses, pink plastic necklace

If you see Milus police ask that you not do approach her and call 911 instead.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Milus, please contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2019-20259
Watch an interesting 3 minute YouTube clip here.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 

 

BURNABY RCMP

KIDNAP SUSPECTS JUMP FROM BALCONY INTO THE WAITING ARMS OF THE COPS

One remains in hospital IIOC investigates

SGT. JANELLE SHOILET

CMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which resulted in one man being taken to hospital.

Just after 10 p.m. on July 4, 2019, investigation led officers from the Burnaby RCMP and the Lower Mainland District Integrated Emergency Response Team (LMD ERT) to a residence in the 4900-block of Sanders Street in Burnaby, where police believed the victim of a kidnapping was being held. When police entered the residence, three men exited over the balcony of the 11 floor apartment. While two men were arrested without incident on lower floors, one man fell to the ground and suffered serious injuries.

The victim was safely located, physically unharmed. All three men remain in police custody, one of whom remains in hospital.

The Burnaby RCMP will continue to investigate the alleged kidnapping concurrent to the IIO investigation, says A/Commr. Eric Stubbs, Acting Commanding Officer of the BC RCMP. This was a complex and time sensitive investigation that required numerous resources and coordination. I am grateful that the victim was located and proud of the work done by our highly skilled and specialized members and employees.

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

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

DO YOU KNOW THESE MEN

Robbery suspects wanted

CPL RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is requesting public assistance in identifying two suspects involved in a robbery that occurred in the City Centre area in May.
 
On May 11, 2019 at approximately 7:30 p.m., two male suspects entered a convenience store located in the 12000-block of 82 Avenue. One of the suspects produced a handgun and stole several items of value from the store. The suspects then ran from the scene and were last seen getting into a black 4-door sedan driven by a third male which fled eastbound on 80 Avenue.
 

The first suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his 40’s, with a heavy build, wearing a black and yellow traffic vest, a grey “Under Armour” baseball cap, and sunglasses.

The second suspect is described as a dark-skinned man, approximately 25-years-old, with a slim build, wearing a dark fisherman-style cap, and a white and blue striped shirt.

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit is investigating this incident and is now releasing surveillance photos to the public to help identify the two suspects involved.
Anyone who can help identify the suspects or has information about this occurrence is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COP DISCHARGES GUN

No injuries

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an investigation into the discharge of a firearm by a police officer from Langley RCMP, which occurred at a residence in Surrey.

 

At approximately 2:30 am, on July 3, 2019, Langley RCMP responded to reports of an injured woman at a residence in the 20100-block of 68 Avenue in Langley, the investigation progressed to include a residence in the 19300-block of 72A Avenue, in Surrey.

 

At the residence in Surrey, Langley RCMP officers were confronted with a distraught man who allegedly produced a weapon.  In response, one of the officers discharged a service firearm. No one was injured in the shooting, but the distraught man was transported to hospital after being apprehended under the BC Mental Health Act.

 

The discharge of a police firearm is now being investigated by the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit.

 

The Surrey investigation is currently in the information gathering stages, with no further details available at this time.

 

Langley RCMP is continuing to investigate the call for service which originated in Langley.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

2018 HOME INVADERS SOUGHT

Police say three suspects involved

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

oquitlam Mounties are hoping that information from the public will help identify three suspects from an alleged Coquitlam home invasion.

On February 9, 2018, just before 8:30 p.m., police received a 911 call that three men had broken through the front door of a home in the 600-block of Poirier Street. A family of three was home at the time and two of them received minor injuries.

In order to further this investigation, Coquitlam RCMP is releasing composite sketches for two of the suspects.

Suspect 1 is described as:

A South Asian man,

• 20 to 30-years-old,
• With a short, well-defined beard,
• Brown, short dark hair with dark eyes,
• Medium height and build,
• Wearing a track suit with red and white features and a high-visibility vest.

Suspect 2 is described as:

• A Caucasian man who may be European,
• 40 to 50-years-old,
• Light blue or green eyes with brown hair,
• Slightly shorter than average, large, stocky and muscular,
• Wearing a toque and a high-visibility orange jacket.

Suspect 3 (for whom there is no composite drawing) is described as:

• A tall male of uncertain age,
• Skinny or slim,
• Dressed in all black from head to toe.

The victims are not known to police and there is no evidence to indicate that this crime is part of a wider conflict.

If you recognize the suspects, call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Investigative Support Team (File 2018-4300). If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or visit solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

POLICE SEEK PURSE SNATCHER

Victim in her 90's

CPL DENNIS HWANG

ichmond RCMP responded to a business in the 7100 block of No. 3 Road on June 17, 2019 shortly after 6 pm. Two women were walking through the parking lot east of the restaurant when a suspect approached them from behind grabbed a purse from one of the women and fled on foot towards Bennet Road. The victim, a woman in her early nineties, from Richmond, was visibly shaken up but not injured. The Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section has assumed conduct of the investigation.

The suspect is described as:

• Caucasian male
• In his late teens or early twenties
• thin build
• wearing black baseball cap, black hoodie, black shorts, and black running shoes

“This was a truly a callous and despicable act. The victim is in her 90s. We would ask that anyone in the community who has information, dashcam footage, or who can identify the suspect from the security footage to please contact us. We appreciate any and all information that will assist us in making a swift arrest in this matter,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.

Anyone with information on this case or the suspect is asked to contact Constable J. Wilkinson of the Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section at 604-278-1212 or email us at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca  Please quote file# 2019-19674.

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

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

COPS ARREST 32 IN MONTH-LONG RETAIL THEFT STING

Some were arrested for taking candy

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

he Richmond RCMP Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) successfully spearheaded a large scale retail theft operation in June combining with officers from the Property Crime Unit (PCU) and Patrol.

Security representatives from Richmond Centre Mall, Lansdowne Mall, Toys R Us, London Drugs, TJX Canada, Overwaitea Food Group, Superstore, Apple Store, The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Walmart all participated along with our community partners from Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

During the period of June 19-20, 2019, multiple arrests ensued due to the combined efforts by police and loss prevention officers.


• 32 suspects were arrested
• 4 suspects were youths
• 9 suspects had no permanent residence or were of no fixed address
• Most suspects were from outside of Richmond
• Some suspects had pre-existing outstanding warrants from jurisdictions outside Richmond
• Some subjects had previous conditions from prior arrests. 4 such breaches were observed.
• The most popular items that were stolen were: meat, liquor, candy, and clothing
 

“Almost two thirds of those arrested in this operation weren’t from Richmond. A large majority of the suspects were well-known to police. One was apprehended twice on the same day for theft. Another suspect that we arrested was identified from a previous retail theft operation we conducted,” says Sgt. Simon Lee, NCO i/c Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit.

“If you are a criminal and you come to Richmond for the sole purpose of committing a crime, we will catch you” adds Sgt. Lee.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COPS MAKE SOME FIREWORKS OF THEIR OWN

Bangs lead to drug house bust

CPL ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is advising the public of the seizure of suspected drugs, cash, and guns which took place at residence in the Cloverdale area.

On June 24, Surrey RCMP responded after a member of the public reported hearing what they believed was gun shots at a residence in the 19400 block of 71 A Avenue. Police were able to determine that the sound which generated the original call to police was as a result of fireworks. Although there were no shots fired, police continued their investigation and obtained a search warrant for the residence.

As a result of this search warrant, police located and seized a sawed off shotgun, several bags of suspected marijuana, 30 vials of testosterone, various firearm ammunition, a Taser, brass knuckles and pepper spray.  Approximately $21,400 in cash was seized from the residence as well as a large quantity of a white powdery substance, which will be tested to determined if it is an illicit drug. 

Charges have not been laid at this time as the investigation is on-going.

“This is an example of the importance of reporting information to the police,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “A person took the time to make a report, and although the initial findings were of fireworks, the subsequent investigation has resulted in the seizure of multiple weapons, cash and drugs.”.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

CLIMBER DIES ON CHIEF

Cops urge caution on climbs

CPL DAVID LEE

 

 

n June 22nd, 2019, at approximately 1:45 pm Squamish RCMP received a call for assistance from the British Columbia Ambulance Service due to a rock climber who had fallen from The Stawamus Chief.

Squamish RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, and Squamish Search and Rescue attended to The Grand Wall area of The Stawamus Chief and located a male who had fallen approximately 30 metres whilst rock climbing.

"The Stawamus Chief is a popular tourist destination for the Sea to Sky corridor, and the Squamish Emergency Services have attended to a number of incidents associated to this location over the past few months" stated Sergeant Sascha Banks. "We believe this incident to be a terrible accident and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time."

The BC Coroners Service has now taken over the investigation and the Squamish RCMP are working to contact the man's next of kin.  His name will not be released at this time.

"We do want to stress to those that visit our beautiful surroundings to be prepared, know your area, and please be safe in your adventures" added Sergeant Banks. "But also know if you are hurt or lost we (Squamish Emergency Services/Squamish SAR) have an amazing cross-section of people who will do everything to find you and help you."

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

HANNIE GETS HER MANNIE

Brambles? No problem

CPL DAVID LEE

40-year-old man from Vancouver is facing a robbery charge after being tracked by a police service dog through the Seymour area of North Vancouver on June 12, 2019. The man had been stopped by Superstore security for stealing various items when he brandished a knife and ran into a wooded area behind the supermarket.

Store security was able to give us a very good description of the suspect, said Sgt. DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. We were able to box the area in while we called for a police dog. A member of the Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) headed to the scene while officers watched for the suspect. While they were waiting, one of our officers spotted and detained a suspect who matched the description, said DeVries.

Meanwhile, back at the supermarket, PSD Hannie picked up a scent trail and started tracking, dragging her handler and officers in her wake. Hannie was heading straight for a huge thicket of blackberry bushes, said DeVries. She was excited to plunge in, but I don’t think the officers felt quite the same way.

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH MURDER

Indignity to human remains

CPL DAVID LEE

 

May 13, 2019 – Second degree murder charge laid in connection with Bhavkiran Dhesi homicide\
May 21, 2019 – Second person charged in connection with Bhavkiran Dhesi homicide
May 27, 2019 – Third person charged in connection with Bhavkiran Dhesi homicide
 

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the 2017 homicide of Bhavkiran Dhesi in Surrey.


On June 21, 2019, 24-year-old Gurvinder Deo and 22-year-old Talwinder Khun Khun were arrested by IHIT investigators and charged by the B.C. Prosecution Service for accessory after the fact to murder, and indecently interfere with or offer an indignity to human remains.


IHIT investigators also gathered evidence which resulted in the B.C. Prosecution Service laying an additional charge of indecently interfere with or offer an indignity to human remains against 21-year-old Harjot Deo. Mr. Deo already faces a charge of second degree murder.


IHIT continues to investigate with the assistance of policing partners in the Lower Mainland while using resources from integrated and specialized units within the BC RCMP. Investigators are committed to finding everyone who is responsible.


“We know that there are still people out there with important information,” says Corporal David Lee of IHIT. “We urge those people to come forward.”


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

 

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SUSPECT STEALS COP CAR

Cop chased one the other one escaped

COL ELENORE STURKO

 

n Friday, June 21st 2019, at approximately 11:30, a Surrey RCMP officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of an erratic driver near the 13600-block of 100th Avenue in Surrey. The vehicle evaded police efforts to stop it, entering into an underground parkade of a nearby building where it was contained. The two occupants of the vehicle were initially cooperative with police direction, however both later fled on foot with the officer giving chase to the driver. The passenger was able to enter and drive the police vehicle, crashing through a secure gate before departing the area.


Surrey RCMP have located and recovered the police vehicle abandoned several hundred yards away in the 9800 Block of Whalley Blvd in Surrey. A subject believed to be involved in this matter has been arrested a short distance from scene and is being held in custody on an outstanding arrest warrant. The second suspect remains outstanding at this time. As this matter is still under investigation, no additional information will be released at this time.


Anyone with information or video footage of 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

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

BURNABY RCMP

THREE ARRESTED FOR HAVING A LOADED HANDGUN

None were previously known to the police

STAFF SGT KEN MOE

 

n Tuesday June 18, 2019 at about 7:09 pm a concerned citizen reported that at least two persons were parked in a vehicle at Cameron Elementary School and were possibly passing a firearm back and forth between them. The Burnaby RCMP, Metro Vancouver Transit Police and the Integrated Police Dog Services attended and were able to take three young adult males into custody without incident after covertly clearing the school grounds of members of the public. None of the persons taken into custody were previously known to police.


A loaded handgun that appears to be illegal to possess in Canada was seized. The police investigation is continuing however so far it has not revealed how the firearm came to be in their possession or what they intended to do with it. The school was closed for the evening and at no time was any member of the public placed in jeopardy.


Anyone who has information, dashcam or other video regarding this incident and has not already spoken to police are encouraged to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2019-25559.

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BANK ROBBER ARRESTED

Man facing two separate charges for two banks

CST ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an arrest and charges being laid against a male in connection to two bank robberies in the Guildford area.

On June 5, 2019, at approximately 12:00 pm, Surrey RCMP officers responded to a report of a robbery at a financial institution in the 15900-block of 108 Avenue.  The suspect was described as a Caucasian male wearing a blue hoodie and a baseball cap and sunglasses, and departing the area in a black GMC pick-up truck.

A few days later on June 10, at approximately 7:30 pm, police received a report of a robbery at another financial institution in the 15900-block of Fraser Highway.  The suspect was described as a Caucasian male wearing all black.

Investigators from the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit took conduct of both investigations and were able to identify a single suspect for both occurrences. Police attended the male’s residence where they arrested the suspect and seized the GMC pick-up truck along with other supporting evidence from the robberies.

David Yaroslawsky, a 37-year-old Surrey resident, has been charged with two counts of Robbery. Yaroslawsky remains in-custody and the investigation continues.

“People who work in our community do not expect a robbery to occur when they attend work, and this can be very shocking and upsetting to some,” says Inspector Beth McAndie, Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Senior Investigator. “Crimes against individuals are of the utmost importance for the Surrey RCMP to investigate, and we hope the victims in these occurrences can take some comfort knowing the individual responsible has been arrested and charged.”  

Anyone with information, who has not already spoken with police, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

78-YEAR-OLD WOMAN ATTACKED

Man still at large, police seek dash cam footage   

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

t approximately 5:45 pm, Surrey RCMP officers received a report of an assault that occurred an hour earlier in the 14700-block of 17 Avenue.

 

The victim, a 78-year-old female, advised that she was walking with her husband westbound on 17 Avenue when they walked past an unknown male walking eastbound on 17 Avenue. The male yelled at the victim and hit her in the face with an unknown object which caused significant, but non-life threatening injuries. The suspect kept walking down 17 Avenue toward 148 Street. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of her injuries and has since been released.

 

The male suspect is described as Caucasian, middle aged, approximately 5’10” tall, with a longer upper body and shorter bowed legs, and dark hair. He was wearing jeans and dark clothing.

 

Investigators with the Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit are continuing to conduct neighbourhood inquiries looking for witnesses and possible CCTV surveillance video.

 

Anyone with information about the incident or who was in the area that may have dash cam video, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

AIR GUN ARRESTS

Police say it doesn't matter if air or not    

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an incident which occurred in close proximity to a secondary school in Cloverdale earlier today.

 

On June 13, 2019, at approximately 12:30pm, Surrey RCMP conducted a priority response after receiving a report of a possible firearm outside of a residence in the 6100 block of 180 Street. Police received information from a member of the public who had observed an apparent firearm.

 

Officers located and arrested two adult males and determined that the firearm which was observed was an airsoft gun.  Charges have not been laid and the investigation is ongoing.

 

Due to its close proximity, a nearby secondary school was placed on a “hold and secure”. However, this incident was not associated to the school.

 

“Many pellet guns and airsoft pistols are meant to closely resemble actual firearms,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko “Our officers respond to all firearms calls as if the firearm is real, and treat the potential threat as such until proven otherwise. We strongly caution members of the public against carrying or handling these types of weapons in public.”

 

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

 

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN

Drug dealer sought    

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is seeking assistance from the public to locate an 18-year-old man who is wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant.

 

Eighteen-year-old James Daniel, of Surrey, is wanted in relation to three charges related to drug trafficking.

 

These charges stem from an investigation which began in September of 2018 and focussed on alleged drug trafficking in Surrey and Delta, BC, related to a group of individuals associated to those involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict. (see previous release)

 

James Daniel is described as a black male, 6’1” tall, 141 lbs with a slender build, short black hair, and brown eyes.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Daniel is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

THIRD TIME UNLUCKY

Cops arrest robber after three pizza restaurant robberies      

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

etween May and June of this year, D-hut Pizza on Clearbrook Road was robbed three times.  On each occasion, a male entered the restaurant and demanded money at knife point, obtained cash, and fled the area on foot. 

 

One of these robberies occurred on June 9, 2019, at approximately 8:00 pm.  An Abbotsford Police patrol officer was in the area and was flagged down by an employee from the restaurant, and was given a description of the robbery suspect.  The description was broadcast to other officers, and within a minute, the robbery suspect was located a block away and taken into police custody.

 

Investigators have identified and charged 26 year old Kolton Kurt KLASSEN with one count of robbery at the D-hut Pizza. Further Criminal Code charges will be forwarded to BC Prosecution Services as this investigation progresses.  KLASSEN remains in custody and his next court date is set for later this week.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

TOP TEN CRASH INTERSECTIONS

Deaths and seriously injured every week    

CST ELENORE STURKO

ast year in Surrey, 19 people were killed as a result of motor vehicle collisions and a further 20 people were seriously injured. The number of pedestrians struck by vehicles: 290.  

This May, there was a collision related death or serious injury every week.

Surrey RCMP is releasing these figures to the public to highlight the serious impact that collisions have on our community, and to urge all roadway users to follow BC’s traffic laws.

High risk driving behaviour contributes to a large proportion of fatal and serious collisions. Those driving behaviours include distracted driving, speeding, and impaired driving. The majority (80%) of collisions occur at intersections.  

Using data from the previous three years our analysts have identified a list of the top collision intersections in Surrey. 

Each intersection below is listed with the number of collisions occurring over the previous three years.

128TH ST / 96TH AVE – 24
96TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 18
104TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 18
64TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 17
176TH ST / FRASER HWY – 16
128TH ST / 72ND AVE – 16
72ND AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 15
68TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 14
128TH ST / 80TH AVE – 14
88TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 13

 “Police enforcement alone can not make Surrey’s roadways safer,” said Sergeant Ian MacLellan, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services.  “We urge our roadway users to follow the rules of the road, and to understand that by doing so, they will prevent motor vehicle collision deaths and serious injuries in Surrey.” 

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

ABBOTSFORD PD HONOURS THEIR OWN

Top employees and cops   

SGT JUDY BIRD

Mrs. Stacey MacLeod and Cst. Ian Parks.

oday, we honour the outstanding achievements of the men and women of the Abbotsford Police Department, and of truly remarkable citizens who have contributed to our AbbyPD community.  At our awards celebration, we recognize those who have demonstrated extraordinary acts of courage, compassion and work performance, and celebrate many of our long-serving police officers and civilian employees.

 “I am incredibly proud of the sworn and civilian men and women of the Abbotsford Police Department who are truly dedicated to making Abbotsford the safest city in BC.  Today we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of not only our own people, but also of those members of our community who, sometimes at great personal risk, have helped a fellow citizen in need.  As Chief of the Abbotsford Police Department, I am fortunate that I get to hear about the amazing work of our staff every day, and I am glad that we have this opportunity to share some of these stories of courage, compassion and innovation with our families and friends.  Abbotsford should find comfort in knowing that this is a community that will get involved and make a difference, and that its police department will always go above and beyond, serving with honour, integrity and courage. There truly is strength in community. To each of you receiving a commendation or other recognition today, congratulations and thank you for your exceptional service," said Chief Mike Serr.

AbbyPD staff receiving commendations today:

• Police Officer of the Year: Constable Ian Parks

• Civilian Employee of the Year: Mrs. Stacey MacLeod

• Chief Constable’s Commendation: Constable Leisa Shea and Detective Alex Wood

Inspector’s Commendation: Constable Nolan Moore, Constable David Gronmyr, Constable Cory Johansen, Constable Amy Porth, Constable Adam Marchinkow, Constable Mike Willford, Constable Renae Williams and Constable Robert Hryhorczuk

• Director’s Commendation: Inspector Casey Vinet, Detective Corrie Haines, Detective Roy McBeth, Constable John Wilcox, Ms. Kelly Pater and Ms. Sheila Doyle

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 

 

SURREY

DO YOU KNOW THESE MEN?

RCMP look to ID assault suspects   

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he investigation began on May 2, 2019, at approximately 6:30 pm. That evening, Surrey RCMP received multiple calls reporting a physical fight in the middle of traffic on Fraser Highway near 176 Street. Frontline officers attended the scene but all participants had left the area.  Investigators followed-up on witness information and located the victim at a residence. The victim, an 18-year-old male, suffered minor injuries.

 

One man allegedly involved, has already been arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm.

 

Investigators are now releasing photos and seeking public assistance to identify three other men who were also allegedly involved in the incident.

 

• Suspect 1 is described as a South Asian male, approximately 6’0” tall, with black hair, a full black beard and wearing a dark sweater with white stripes on the sleeves.

 

• Suspect 2 is described as a South Asian male, approximately 5’10” tall, with black hair and facial stubble wearing a black baseball cap and a blue sweatshirt.

 

• Suspect 3 is described as a South Asian male wearing a dark hoody.

 

Anyone who can assist in identifying the suspects, or with further information that may assist this investigation, 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, JUNE 10, 2019 

 

OSOYOOS

TWO DEAD AFTER BOATS COLLIDE

RCMP trying to rise boats    

SGT JASON BAYDA

he bodies of two boaters who were missing following a boat collision on Saturday evening, have been recovered by police.

On June 9, 2019 shortly after 7:00 p.m., the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team located and recovered the bodies of a 35-year-old man from Kamloops and a 36-year-old man of Maple Ridge BC, from Osoyoos lake.

The RCMP remain at the scene in an effort to raise both boats from the bottom of the lake. The investigation into the cause of this collision is ongoing.

Osoyoos RCMP is being assisted by RCMP marine analysts who specialize in investigating marine collisions.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating to determine how, where, when and by what means these two men came to their death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, neither the RCMP nor the Coroners Service will be releasing or confirming identity.

The Osoyoos RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the boats prior to the collision, or anyone who may have security cameras or other video recording devices that overlook the lake, to call 250-495-7236.

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 

 

WILLIAMS LAKE

WOMAN FOUND DEAD ON RESERVE

Police look for clues    

SGT JANELLE SHOIHET

he North District Major Crime Unit have been called to assist the Williams Lake RCMP Detachment in a investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday evening.

Just after 6 p.m. on June 8, Frontline RCMP officers from Williams Lake and Alexis Creek were called to the Toosey Reserve to assist BC Emergency Health Services, who were responding to report that a woman was severely injured and required emergency assistance. When first responders arrived they found a 33-year-old woman suffering from fatal injuries. Despite life-saving efforts the woman could not be revived and died at the scene.

The nature of, or the mechanism of the victim’s injuries, will not be disclosed at this time.

A local man was arrested for murder at the scene and remains in custody as the investigation progresses. No charges have been laid.

Williams Lake General Investigation Section (GIS) and the North District Major Crime Unit (ND MCU) with assistance from Frontline officers are currently in the evidence gathering stage and have identified two possible scenes. One on the reserve and another at Lovers Leap. Both scenes will be inaccessible for an undetermined amount of time, while the forensic examinations are underway.

S/Sgt. Todd Wiebe of the ND MCU asks, We understand this reserve is a close knit community and there is bound to be information being shared amongst the members and community of Williams Lake at large. If you have information about this tragic incident and have not already spoken to investigators, we ask to contact either the Williams Lake RCMP or MCU and an investigator will arrange to speak with you.

While the investigation is still in it’s infancy, our investigators believe that is an isolated incident and the community is not at risk, states Inspector Jeff Pelley Officer in Charge Williams Lake RCMP. We are working with and will continue to support the ND MCU as we move toward the court process, he continues.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

ERRATIC DRIVING LEADS TO ARRESTS

Weapon, drugs, cash found    

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n Tuesday evening, at approximately 8:50 pm, an Abbotsford Police patrol officer observed a Nissan Altima travelling at approximately 130 km/hr on Downes Road.  The Altima was also observed passing another vehicle on a double solid line.  The officer engaged his lights and siren and the vehicle pulled over on Glenmore Road. 

 

The two occupants, both 21-year-old males, were arrested.  A search of the vehicle located cell phones, suspected oxycodone tablets, a large amount of Canadian currency and a stolen firearm. 

 

This incident is still under investigation.  Drug, firearm and driving charges have been forwarded to BC Prosecution Service for consideration. 

 

As charges have not yet been sworn, the suspects’ names cannot be released at this time.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

YOUTHS ASSAULTED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

Police tracked suspects via social media posts    

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of two separate incidents of alleged assault at a secondary school in the Guildford area.

On Friday May 31, at approximately 11:30 am, the Surrey RCMP received a report of an assault that had occurred near a secondary school located in the 16000-block of 104 Avenue. 

Investigators learned that there was a physical confrontation between a group of a teens over a personal conflict. School staff quickly intervened and the suspects fled the area. During the incident, it is believed one individual dropped an imitation air-soft handgun as it was located by staff members in the bushes. Police were called and officers attended the scene, seized the air-soft hand gun and began their investigation.

On Monday June 3, at approximately 11:30 am, a lone teen was approached by a group of teens on the same school grounds and allegedly threatened and assaulted in relation to the incident that occurred on Friday. This incident was not reported to police nor the school.

Both the Surrey School District and Surrey RCMP became aware of this incident the following day after being advised by a third party of a social media post about the incident.

The Surrey RCMP Youth Unit investigated both matters in collaboration with the Surrey School District. The involved parties have now been identified. Together, with their parents, participants have agreed to further deal with these matters by way of alternate measures under the Youth and Criminal Justice Act, through the Surrey School District Safe Schools programs and by the Surrey RCMP’s Restorative Justice and Youth Intervention programs.

“Our Restorative Justice program creates accountability of those involved in crime to repair the harm caused by their actions and to recognize the hurt it caused to an individual and community.” says Inspector Wendy Mehat, Community Support and Safety Officer, “This process supports our youth by providing alternative measures to address their actions instead of the formal court process and criminal justice system.”

The Surrey School District has initiated disciplinary proceedings, which are not expected to conclude before the end of the school year. In the meantime, none of the students will return to Fraser Heights this school year and an alternative education program has been put in place for them.

“Our entire school community has been affected and is deeply concerned about the impact of this incident on our student,” says Fraser Heights Secondary principal Rick Breen. “The school has been working with the victim’s family to provide support for the teen going forward.”

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation 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, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR TWO ARMED ROBERIES

Police located black pickup truck    

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of the arrest and charge of a local man for allegedly robbing two convenience stores in the Guildford area.

 

On May 28 and May 30 2019, Surrey RCMP officers responded to two robberies. The first robbery took place at a convenience store in the 9600-block of 152 Street, the second occurring at a convenience store in the 10000-block of 152 Street.

 

In both incidents the suspect allegedly displayed a firearm and demanded money prior to fleeing in a black pick-up truck.

 

On May 31, the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit, with the assistance of the High Risk Target Team, located the black pick-up truck and subsequently arrested the suspect without incident.

 

Victor Harrison, 28-years-old from Surrey, has been charged with Robbery, Attempt robbery and two counts of Use of imitation firearm while committing and indictable offence. Harrison remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

 

“Robberies can be traumatising for the victims involved, particularly when firearms are involved,” said Inspector Beth McAndie, “Violent crimes against people, including robberies, are a top priority for the Surrey RCMP to investigate and prevent.”

  

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation 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, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

GAS STATION ROBBERY

Suspect arrested, police seek witnesses, dash cam footage    

SGT JUDY BIRD

he Abbotsford Police Department is seeking witnesses to a robbery which occurred at the Shell gas station on Harris Road at approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday, May 25th.  On this date, a male walked up to the cashier, produced a gun and demanded money.  The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.

A 39-year-old Abbotsford man has been arrested for this robbery.  However, detectives believe there may have been other customers in the parking lot who witnessed the robbery and the suspect leaving the scene. Any witnesses to this incident are asked to contact AbbyPD as soon as possible.

Investigators are also seeking dashboard camera footage from anyone who may have been driving in the area of Riverside Road and Harris Road during this time. 

AbbyPD may be contacted at 604-859-5225 or by text message at 222973. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report online at solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

STOLEN VEHICLE ENDS WITH CRASH

Two arrested after fleeing    

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP have taken two people into custody following a multi vehicle collision involving a stolen vehicle.

 

This afternoon, June 4, 2019, at approximately 2:30 pm, a stolen vehicle collided with a police car and three other vehicles in traffic in what police believe was an attempt to flee.

 

The incident unfolded as a Surrey RCMP Frontline Officer was responding to an unrelated file. The officer had his emergency lights and siren activated and was travelling South on King George Blvd.  As the officer approached the intersection at 96 Ave, a stolen vehicle ran a red light and collided with vehicles in traffic on Eastbound 96. The officer was unaware of the stolen vehicle until the incident unfolded.

 

A man and woman ran from the stolen vehicle, but have both been arrested and are in police custody.

 

No serious injuries were reported as a result of the collisions.

 

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

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

WALLET FOUND WITH CASH

Police look to find owner    

SGT. PETER DEVRIES

orth Vancouver RCMP are hoping to find the owner of a remarkably generic men’s wallet. It is described as black. And leather. And it folds.

The wallet was turned over to police by Capilano Mall security, who found it on May 2, 2019, around 1:30PM. It contained no identification, no cards, and had no distinctive marks or labels. Very boring indeed.

Slightly less boring, it did contain a fair amount of cash, and police are hoping to find its owner. And no, saying the bills all have a picture of the Queen on them will not be enough to convince us it’s yours.

Here’s how you can convince us:


• Tell us how much money is in the wallet
• Tell us what denomination the bills are
• Tell us what you were doing in the mall that day
• Find some way to prove you were in the mall that day
• Tell us where in the mall it would have been found
 

Anyone who wishes to claim ownership of the wallet can call Cst. Chantal Gauthier at (604) 985-1311 or contact her via email at chantal.gauthier@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

ARMED MAN ARRESTED IN STOLEN TRUCK

AIR1 followed vehicle until it was parked     

CPL ELENORE STURKO

n May 28, 2019, investigators with the Surrey RCMP Auto Crime Target Team (ACTT) located a Ford F150 pick-up truck at a residence in the 14000-block of 106 Avenue, which matched the description of a truck reported stolen out of Vancouver the previous day.

While surveillance was underway, a male suspect entered the truck and drove away. After confirming the licence plate, officers were able to establish that it was stolen. ACTT with the assistance of Air1 continued to observe the vehicle until it stopped and parked in the 12200-block of Industrial Road. Police arrested the driver and located a loaded sawed-off shotgun, ammunition and seized the truck.

The occupant, Benjamin James Gilleland, is 33-years-old from Surrey and faces a variety of charges including, 3 firearms related charges, 2 charges for possession of stolen property, and 6 charges of breaching probation or recognizance orders.

Gilleland remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

“The Auto Crime Target Team conducts targeted enforcement in strategic areas based on statistical analysis and crime trends,” says Acting Pro-Active Enforcement Officer, Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins, “Stolen vehicles are often used in further crimes, through investigating stolen vehicles we are able to stem other offences from occurring in the city and in this case we have seized a prohibited firearm. The safe arrest of this subject and vehicle seizure is an example of how our specialized units work together to leverage their resources to best effect. “

Anyone with information related to this investigation, or any other suspicious activity in their neighbourhood is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

DEVRIES: BIKE THEFTS ARE CRIMES OF

OPPORTUNITY

Thief caught riding a stolen $4000 bicycle     

SGT PETER DEVRIES

 

CMP officers in North Van arrested an alleged bike thief Monday, May 27, 2019. On Tuesday the 28th, the BC Prosecution Service approved two charges against 22-year-old Matthew James Hurren, of no fixed address with one count of Possession of Stolen Property and one count of theft Under $5000 in relation to the case.

At around 2:00PM on May 27, 2019, North Vancouver RCMP received a report of a stolen bicycle from a resident in the Deep Cove area of North Vancouver. She reported that at some time in the preceding hour two mountain bikes that had been secured with a lock on the back of a vehicle parked at her residence, had been stolen.

A short time later, officers patrolling for suspects spotted Mr. Hurren near Cates Park allegedly riding one of the stolen bicycles, which is valued at around $4000. Officers took him into custody at the scene.

North Vancouver RCMP’s crime statisticians have identified an increase in bike thefts in certain areas of North Vancouver since the beginning of January. Well, more people are getting their bikes out now that the weather has warmed up, said Sgt. Peter DeVries, spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. They’re riding to coffee shops, they have their bikes outside in their carports, they have them in the backs of their pickups after heading up for trail ride. They’re more visible, so we’re not all that surprised to see an increase. That’s because bike thefts are largely crimes of opportunity.

Combating bike thefts can be challenging for police. Thieves commonly dismantle a stolen bike within a few hours, then reassemble it using parts from other stolen bikes. When we see a known bike thief with a bike or some bike parts, we will stop and question them, said DeVries. The problem is, even if we are highly suspicious that it might be stolen, if the owner hasn’t reported it to us along with the serial number, or taken the time to engrave identity markings on the main components, there’s nothing we can do. We have to let them go on their way. It’s frustrating.

Even when bikes are locked, experienced thieves are proficient at defeating many security devices. But often people still leave valuable bikes unsecured. "I like to ask people, ‘How much did you pay for your bike?’, and they’ll say $2,500 or something," said DeVries. "Then I ask them to imagine that amount of money as a pile of 20’s, 50’s, and 100 dollar bills, and ask if they would leave a stack of that amount of cash on a railing outside Starbucks while they popped in for an iced coffee. It’s really no different."

There are many ways to make your bike a less appealing target for thieves, but we’ve narrowed it down to three, easy to remember principles:

Always Lock, Layer, Label.

Layer your locks (make a game out of seeing how many layers you can create), for example:

• Remove your front wheel and lock it together with your frame to something solid
• Lock your rear wheel with a separate lock
• Lock all of these inside a locked building like a garage or storage room
• Remove your seat and take it with you

Label each major component with your driver’s license number or phone number, or record the serial #, because:

• We always look for markings that will allow us to find an owner
• Serial numbers can only be traced if you’ve registered it
• The easiest way we can find you is by your driver’s license number or phone number

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SIX ARRESTED IN DRUG STING

Long-term investigation takes large quantity of fentanyl off the streets     

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a long-term investigation which has resulted in multiple charges and arrests related to an illicit drug trafficking group operating throughout the Lower Mainland.

The investigation began in September of 2018 and focussed on alleged drug trafficking in Surrey and Delta, BC, related to a group of individuals associated to those involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

This lengthy investigation resulted in thirty-eight charges being approved against 6 individuals. The majority of these charges were in relation to the trafficking of a controlled substance specifically suspected fentanyl and cocaine.

During the investigation, police executed search warrants at two separate residences, one in Surrey and one in Delta. As a result of these search warrants, police located bulk and pre-packaged fentanyl as well as evidence which led police to believe that large volumes of fentanyl were being trafficked.

Six men have been charged in this investigation. All have been arrested with the exception of Ryan Bruinsma, who is deceased and James Daniel, who is wanted within BC but investigators believe he no longer resides in the province.

• 51-year-old Jasbir Singh Khabra, of Surrey, is facing 11 charges related to drug trafficking.

• 19-year-old Matthew Ramone Mann, of Delta, is facing 8 charges related to drug trafficking.

• 19-year-old Gurdeep Singh Bains, of Delta, is facing 6 charges related to drug trafficking.

• 18-year-old Martin Djunga, of Surrey, is facing 3 charges related to drug trafficking.

• 18-year-old James Daniel, of Surrey, is facing 3 charges related to drug trafficking.

Ryan Allan Bruinsma, who is now deceased, was charged with 7 counts related to drug trafficking.

“Although this investigation was lengthy, the results will have a positive long-term impact on the community through the disruption of a criminal network,” said Acting Community Services Officer Inspector Wendy Mehat. “We will continue to strategically target networks and interdict individuals engaged in drug trafficking to keep our community safe.”

Large scale investigations can begin with a simple tip from the public. Anyone with information that could assist us in our investigations is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
 

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

COPS GO POSTAL OVER PISTOL

Suspect bought guns with fake papers     

SGT PETER DEVRIES

 

 

high-stakes, fast paced investigation by North Vancouver RCMP into a mail-order handgun purchase has led to seven charges against a North Van resident. With the assistance of a police negotiator, the Serious Crimes Unit made an arrest in less than 24 hours, and on May 23, 2019 the BC Prosecution Service approved the following charges against 29-year-old Trevor Glenn Beaton:

Count 1: Possession of a Restricted Weapon Contrary to a Prohibition Order;
Count 2: Careless Handling of a Firearm;
Count 3: Unauthorized Possession of a Restricted Firearm;
Count 4: Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Device or Ammunition;
Count 5: Possession of a Restricted Firearm While it is Loaded;
Count 6: Unlawful Possession of Identity Documents; and
Count 7: Identity Theft

On the morning of April 30, 2019, RCMP in North Vancouver commenced an investigation after receiving information from Armstrong RCMP about a fraudulent transaction involving the private sale of a handgun to a buyer in North Van. "We absolutely did not want another illegal handgun to make it to the street," said Sgt. Peter DeVries, media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. "We knew we had a limited amount of time before it would be lost to the criminal element. So we jumped on it. We worked hard, we worked smart, and we worked fast."

The gun, a "Glock 34 Gen 4", had been purchased online and then shipped to an address in North Vancouver. The suspect, who was known to police, allegedly purchased the restricted firearm under a false name using documents belonging to another person, and then had the gun shipped to an address in North Vancouver.

By the end of the day officers had tracked the suspect to an address in Vancouver, and shortly after midnight on the morning of May 1st they made an arrest. They got the suspect in less than 24 hours, but they still didn’t have the gun. Yet. So they obtained search warrants for two units at an address in Vancouver where they thought the gun was stashed and started looking. "We got it," said DeVries. Police located a variety of other items, including ammunition, holsters, and an airsoft pistol. "It’s one less stray bullet, one less armed robbery, one less danger to the community."

Mr. Beaton has been remanded in the custody of BC Corrections until his next court appearance on June 10, 2019.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

A WHEEL BAD DAY FOR CROOKS

Cops tail car thieves from Surrey to Richmond     

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

n May 21, 2019 at approximately 2:00 pm, officers with the Surrey RCMP Auto Crime Target Team (ACTT) located a stolen Honda Civic near 159 Street and 87 Avenue. With assistance from the Surrey RCMP’s Property Crime Target Team (PCTT), the Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) and Air 1, ACTT officers followed the Honda to Richmond where they observed two of the occupants steal another Honda Civic. Investigators continued to follow both vehicles until they were safely stopped and all three individuals were arrested.

 

Rajveer Dosanjh, 31-years-old of Surrey, has been charged with Theft of automobile, Possession of stolen property, Possession of instrument for purpose of breaking into a vehicle, and Prohibited driving. Kyle Vipond, 26-years-old of Surrey, has been charged with Theft of automobile. Tia Pozdnikoff, 26-years-old of Langley, has been charged with Knowingly being an occupant in a stolen vehicle. Both Dosanjh and Vipond are known to police and are current priority target offenders.

 

“Our property crime investigation teams and crime anlysts continue to work together to target individuals and areas based on crime data which is evident in these arrests and charges,” says Inspector Mike Hall, Pro-Active Enforcement Officer, “Strategically addressing property crime is key to ensuring we are deploying our resources in a manner that impacts and lessens the property crime in our community.” 

 

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation 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, MAY 24, 2019 

 

SURREY PD

SEX OFFENDER RELEASED TO SURREY

Earon Giles out from a twenty-two year jail term     

CPL ELENOR STURKO

urrey RCMP has issued a public interest warning under the Privacy Act of Canada regarding a dangerous sex offender who poses a high risk to re-offend. Earon Wayne Giles was released from prison on May 24, 2019, in the Lower Mainland and is residing in Surrey.

In 1997 Earon Giles received a twenty-two-year sentence after being convicted of 6 counts of Break and Enter and Sexual Assault committed against women in the City of Surrey.

Earon Giles has been deemed a high risk to re-offend and is currently subject to a number of court ordered conditions, including, in part,

1. Keep the peace and be of good behaviour. 2. You shall remain within the Province of British Columbia unless prior written permission to go outside the Province is obtained from the Court.

3. You shall have no contact, direct or indirect, with any of the victims of the offences for which you have been convicted or any known members of their immediate families.

4. You shall not attend within 300 metres of any known residence, place of employment or educational facility of any of the victims of the offences for which you have been convicted or any known members of their immediate families.

5. You shall not consume or possess alcohol or any controlled substances as listed in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act excluding prescription medication prescribed to you by a licensed physician or dentist and you can only consume prescribed medication in the dosage prescribed by the doctor or dentist.

6. You shall not enter any bar, tavern, liquor store, beer and/or wine store, or business whose primary purpose is the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages.

7. You shall not possess, own or carry any weapon, including but not limited to any firearm, crossbow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition or explosive substance, and any related authorizations, licenses and registration certificates.

8. For the duration of this order, you must obey a curfew by being inside your residence between the hours of 10PM and 6AM, each day.

9. You shall not possess any tool or device that can be used for the purpose of restraint, including but is not limited to: duct tape, straps, rope, or wire unless specifically needed for onsite employment which is approved of by your bail supervisor.

10. You must not possess any tools or instruments capable of use from criminal activity, including: pry bars, screw drivers, bump keys, bolt cutters, pliers, blow torches, grinders, night vision goggles, slim jims, lock picks except while on your property and for the purpose of employment and then only when immediately engaged in work or travelling to or from your place of employment.

If you see any suspicious behaviour including, but not limited to a breach of these conditions, do not approach Mr. GILES, but contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

SOVIET-MADE SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE SEIZED

Illegal driver snared in Chilliwack     

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n May 22, 2019, plain clothes officers in the Abbotsford Police Department Crime Reduction Unit observed a vehicle being operated by a male who was known to be a prohibited driver. Due to the subject’s previous dangerous driving behavior, officers surveilled the vehicle until it stopped in a Chilliwack parking lot, and the occupant, 39-year-old Tyler HOULE exited. 

 

With the assistance of the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Service Unit, Mr. HOULE was arrested without incident on outstanding warrants.  A search of his vehicle yielded a loaded and unregistered SKS rifle. Police continue this investigation.

 

HOULE is facing additional charges of prohibited driving, and of occupying a vehicle knowing a prohibited firearm, restricted firearm or non-restricted firearm was contained inside, contrary to Section 94(1) of the Criminal Code.  HOULE was released subject to several court conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 17, 2019.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN PD

MAN CAUGHT TWICE FOR DUI IN SAME DAY

Second time and his dad's car was impounded for 30 days     

SGT PETER DEVRIES

North Vancouver driver was arrested yesterday for impaired driving, a mere 3 hours after he was suspended for the same thing.

On Thursday, May 23, at 12:25 PM, North Vancouver RCMP received a report from a cyclist who saw an erratic driver crash into a parked car in the area of Capilano Rd. and Montroyal Blvd. Frontline officers attended and investigated the caused of the crash. The driver, a man in his 30’s, was uninjured, but evidence at the scene prompted officers to complete a thorough assessment of the driver’s alcohol consumption.

After the driver failed a breath test using a roadside screening device, officers seized his driver’s license and prohibited him from driving for 90 days. The vehicle, which belongs to his father, was also seized and will be impounded for 30 days. In order to make sure the man returned home safely, officers dropped him off at his house.

In an episode of déjà vu, just 3 hours later, around 3:30 PM, police received another report of an erratic driver who almost hit a cyclist, then crashed into a parked car on Lonsdale Ave. The same officer attended the scene and found the same man behind the wheel. This time the man was driving his mother’s car. It appeared he had continued drinking after his last accident, and, after another assessment of his alcohol consumption, officers arrested him for impaired driving. His mom’s car was impounded for 7 days.

This guy should probably never go to Vegas, said Sgt. Peter DeVries, media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. It’s unbelievable. And sure, there is something comical about it but that humour has to pass quickly. He could have killed someone. Many other drunk drivers have. We need to keep these people off the road, and that's what we try to do every day.

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

ARSON SUSPECTED IN HOUSE FIRE

Van used to ignite house     

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

bbotsford Emergency Services were called to a residence in the 2200-block of Bedford Pl for a vehicle on fire. Upon arrival, Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service located a fully-engulfed minivan near the residence. Fire crews found smoke in the garage and attic areas of the home, but were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the residence. 

 

Police investigators have learned that at approximately 3:15 am, the minivan was backed into the residence’s driveway by an unknown man.  An accelerant was thrown into the van, and lit on fire. A male suspect, wearing a hoodie, jeans and dark shoes, was seeing running from the driveway. 

 

At the time of this fire, the residence was occupied by four adults and a child. Luckily, all were able to exit the home.  All were taken by BC Ambulance Service to hospital for smoke inhalation, and one male was treated for a burn to his hand.

 

Abbotsford Major Crime Detectives have assumed this investigation.  At this time, investigators are unsure as to the motive. 

 

The Abbotsford Police Department is appealing to anyone with information about this incident to call 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd), or to report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or online at Solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

HOMELESS CAMP DEATH

Fire in shed off of 97A     

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is currently investigating a fire and the discovery of a deceased person in the area of 97A Avenue and 137A Street. 

 

On May 24, 2019 at approximately 2:30 am, Surrey Fire Services requested the assistance of Surrey RCMP in response to a fire in a shed at a homeless camp located at 97A Avenue and 137A Street. After the fire was extinguished, Surrey Fire Services personnel discovered a deceased person inside the shed. 

 

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit has taken conduct of the investigation and will be working with Surrey Fire Services to determine the cause of the fire, as well as the BC Coroner Service to identify the deceased person.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COPS TAKE DOWN DRUG NETWORK

Eight facing chrges     

CPL ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is advising the public of the successful conclusion of a lengthy drug investigation linked to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

Between April and August of 2018, the Surrey RCMP Drug Section, with assistance from Surrey’s Serious Crime Section and the Vancouver Police Department, conducted an investigation into individuals allegedly responsible for a prolific drug trafficking network in Surrey and Langley.

On May 8, 2019, after consultation with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, 51 charges were laid against eight individuals for Trafficking and Possession for the purpose of trafficking in fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Those charged are:

• Jeffrey Donald Lessard, 31 years old from Coquitlam
• Janet Lynn Horvath 53 years old from Langley
• Jonathon Joseph Thomas, 37 years old from Langley
• Garrnett Thadeous Flannigan, 35 years old from Langley
• Joshua James Pellerin, 33 years old of No Fixed Address
• David John Hudon, 27 years old from Surrey
• 18-year-old female from Delta (who was a youth at the time of the alleged offence)
• 17-year-old male youth from Surrey

Lessard is also facing eight additional charges for Trafficking and Possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl and cocaine from an unrelated investigation.

“Drug trafficking remains a significant contributing factor in gang related violence across the Lower Mainland,” said Surrey RCMP Pro-active Enforcement Officer Inspector Mike Hall “Together with our partners, we will continue to strategically target individuals and networks connected to the illicit drug trade.”

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation 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, MAY 23, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

SKIER HIT IN THE HEAD WITH POLE

Mounties seek assaulter     

SGT PETER DEVRIES

orth Vancouver RCMP are appealing to the public for more information in their investigation of a skiing injury to a youth.

On March 30, 2019 just before 7PM, a 13-year-old was skiing with a friend on Grouse Mountain. He was on the bottom third of The Cut, to the left of the Screaming Eagle Chairlift. Skiers on the chairlift would have seen him below and to the right. The youth swerved to avoid another skier, believed to be an adult male of unknown age.

As he did so, the male struck the youth with his ski pole. Police have been not been able to gather enough evidence to determine whether this was intentional or accidental. The adult skier was described only as wearing a yellow ski jacket. The youth was wearing tan/brown ski pants, a white Adidas hoodie with black logo on the front, and green and black ski boots.

The tip of the adult’s ski pole struck the youth on his temporal bone and punctured his skull by approximately 3cm. The youth did not fall down and he was unaware of his injury until the bottom of the run, where an unidentified woman noticed and offered help. We would like to speak with the woman who helped him.

The youth was picked up by his parents. He received stitches for the small laceration, but his symptoms continued to worsen, and as a result he was brought Children’s Hospital.

With the assistance of the youth’s parents, we are making a renewed appeal to the public for information about this incident (previous appeal here). We have exhausted all available investigational avenues, and in order to move forward with the investigation, we need more information from witnesses. We want to speak with the kind woman who helped the young man. We want to speak with anyone who saw what happened. We also are asking the skier who was involved in this incident to do the right thing and come forward. Lastly, we are asking anyone who knows the adult skier involved, to please contact us.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Yushi Ebisawa by phone at 604-969-7345, or by email at yushi.ebisawa@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

PERVERT SOUGHT

Police look for suspect, offer tips    

SGT PETER DEVRIES

 

orth Vancouver RCMP are warning the public about a male who exposed his genitals to a young female.

On May 15, 2019, at 3:40 PM, a lone man driving a silver SUV approached a 13-year-old female in the 200 block of 27th Ave. West, in North Vancouver. The man called her over on the pretence of asking for directions. When she approached, he made a lewd comment and exposed his genitals. The young female ran away and was not physically harmed.

The man is described as:

• Caucasian male
• 40-50 years old
• Slight accent of unknown origin
• Balding with brown hair on the sides
• Black sunglasses
• Double chin
• Wearing a blue and white zippered sweater

A police sketch artist has completed a composite drawing of the suspect in the hope that someone will recognize him and contact police. "We want parents and children to take extra precautions until we can track this man down," said Sgt. Peter DeVries, Media Spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. "It’s a reminder for parents to talk with their kids about how to increase their safety in public."

This incident bears a resemblance to similar reports on the North Shore in the past year. While police are continuing to investigate the possibility that these incidents are linked, they are currently treating them as separate.

Anyone with information about this crime, or who recognizes the suspect, is asked to call Cst. Aaron Land at 604-969-7510

Here are several tips to get the conversation about safety started with your kids:

Everyday Basics:

• Know your home address and landline phone number
• Know how to contact your parents on their cell phones or at work
• Know how and when to call 9-1-1 in an emergency from a landline phone and from a cell phone
• Establish a secret word for your family. This should be used in emergencies to identify a ‘safe person’ other than their parent or caregiver
• Play what if games with younger children to reinforce these safety messages

In the Community:

• If possible, give your child a cell phone when they are away from home
• Children and teens should play and walk to places with a buddy. If they become separated or lost, they should tell someone with a nametag (for e.g. a cashier or security guard) immediately. If there is no one with a nametag, preferably, they should tell a female
• Avoid long conversations with strangers. If someone you do not know asks you personal questions, such as: "Where do you live?" DO NOT answer! Run away or leave the situation immediately
• It’s okay to say NO to adults who ask you to do something for them, such as: help them find a lost pet, join them in an activity or game, or give them directions
• Never walk with or accept a ride, money or gifts from strangers or even someone you may know, without checking with your parents. Keep a safe distance (two arm lengths) from strangers and cars that approach you
• If a person tries to grab you - scream loudly, make a lot of noise, and try to create a disturbance (e.g. knock things over, scatter belongings, kick wildly). Shout, "Help, this person is not my parent!" Run to a safe location like an open store
• If a vehicle is involved, try to take notes describing the suspicious vehicle, license plate, and the stranger’s description. Call 9-1-1 for help

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

STAMP COLLECTION FOUND

Police look for rightful owner after bags of postage stamps    

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

 

Update:

The Abbotsford Police Department is pleased to advise that the stamp collection found earlier this week by a Good Samaritan has been returned to its rightful owner – the Abbotsford chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. This stamp collection had been donated to the fraternal society by a stamp collector, and was stolen from a Masonic Hall last Thursday during a meeting.  

 

These donated stamps had been prepared for sale to collectors, with the proceeds being used to purchase materials to make dressings for cancer patients.  Each month, the women of the Order of the Eastern Star meet and hand-make an average of 18 dozen dressings, which are then sent to the BC Cancer Agency for distribution to cancer patients, free of charge.

 

We extend out thanks to the community for spreading the word about these stolen stamps. We are so pleased to be able to return the collection to this worthwhile cause!

 

Good Samaritan located a large collection of cancelled stamps that were hidden away in a bush located in central Abbotsford. Tens of thousands of stamps in this collection have been carefully separated into section, packaged and labelled. If you or someone you know has lost their collection of cancelled stamps, please contact Sgt Judy Bird via e-mail.

 

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING

CCTV important factor in catching Johol and charging him   

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP officers investigated and were able to quickly identify and track down the suspect thanks to CCTV surveillance video. Harmit Johal, 42-years-old, of Surrey has been charged with one count of Personating a peace officer and two counts of Fraud.

 

“The public needs to be aware that police will never contact or solicit them for the purpose of checking if their money is counterfeit,” says Surrey RCMP Sgt. Chad Greig. “Never give cash to someone you don’t know or are meeting for the first time. Contact the police immediately to verify any suspicious requests you have received.”

 

If you have been a victim of a similar occurrence, please contact the Surrey RCMP or your local police. Anyone with 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.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

ABBY MAN STARTS FIRE IN HOME

ERT responded to barricaded man   

CPL. J. THOMAS

his morning at 10:32 am, Abbotsford Police Officers attended a residence in the 31700-block of Southdale Crescent to conduct a follow-up with a female victim from a domestic violence investigation.  While the officers were inside the residence, they learned that the male suspect from the domestic investigation was inside the home, breaching his court ordered conditions to have no contact with the female and to not attend her residence.

The AbbyPD officers ensured the female victim, her 11-year-old child and the basement suite tenants were safely removed from their home while police contained the residence to arrest the male.  The male suspect was classified as a barricaded male and the Abbotsford Emergency Response Team and Crisis Negotiators were called out to assist.

At 1:49 pm the Emergency Response Team officers containing the residence observed an exterior window break and could observe smoke and fire inside the master bedroom.  The lone barricaded male then exited the residence and was taken into police custody.  The male suffered from smoke inhalation and was transported to hospital for treatment.  No other persons were injured.

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service responded to the partially engulfed residence, which sustained extensive damage. Fire Investigators will continue to assist with the investigation.

The 35-year-old male remains in police custody facing Breach of an Undertaking  charges.  Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives, the Forensics Identification Unit and Fire Rescue Investigators will continue to investigate the cause of the suspicious fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, to text APD at 222973 (abbypd) or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

SAR FINDS LOST KIDS

Three fell from cliff   

CPL. CHRIS MANSEAU

oquitlam RCMP worked with Search and Rescue to locate 2 young children age 6 & 7. Efforts began late yesterday when the kids and their father were traversing down at trail on Burke Mountain. All three fell down a steep treacherous cliff.

The father was able to make the difficult climb up the cliff while injured to get help. Three SAR Team's (Coquitlam, North Shore, Maple Ridge) actively searched to locate the kids. Assets on site to help include, helicopter, drone and Police Dog. The kids have been located and are currently being long line by helicopter to awaiting ambulances.

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

SALMON ARM RCMP

DEATH AT CAMPGROUND

Woman dies from heater in tent   

CPL. CHRIS MANSEAU

n May 18th 2019 at just after 10am the Salmon RCMP responded to a complaint at a private campground just outside Salmon Arm of two persons in medical distress.

Upon arrival Salmon Arm RCMP Frontline members located a deceased adult female, and a group of persons performing first aid on a youth.

Through investigation it was determined that the pair had been camping in a tent and gone to bed the night prior at approximately midnight. In the tent investigators located a cooking pot with wood ash in it that is believed to have been used as source of heat. Based on the evidence gathered, it appears that both tent occupants may have been overcome by Carbon Monoxide from the wood burning.

BC Air Ambulance transported the youth to a hospital who was in serious condition. Victim Services was contacted to offer assistance and support.

The BC Coroners Service was contacted and is in the early stages of its fact-finding investigation; the Coroners Service investigates all sudden, unexpected and/or unnatural deaths in the province to determine who died, how, where, when and by what means. Due to the privacy of the deceased (per the Coroners Act and provincial privacy legislation), they will not confirm or release ID.

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

LAST SUSPECT CAUGHT IN STRING OF ROBBERIES

Three remain in custody   

CPL. ELRNORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public that a third man has now been arrested and charged in relation to three robberies that occurred in Surrey and Delta earlier in the year.

 

On February 7th Surrey RCMP and Delta Police began a joint investigation after receiving reports of three robberies that occurred in both jurisdictions involving three suspects. Two of the suspects were previously arrested and charged. 

 

Investigators from the Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit and Delta Police’s Investigation Bureau jointly advanced the investigation. The third suspect was identified and warrants were issued for their arrest.

 

On May 1, 2019, Brandon Allen Mayes, 25-years-old of Surrey, was arrested, and has been charged with:

Three counts of Robbery 

Three counts of Committing an indictable offence with face covered 

 Two counts of Assault by threatening to use a weapon

 Mayes, and the other two accused, remain in custody.

 

Anyone with information or who witnessed this incident, who has not yet spoken with police, 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 go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

HOPE RCMP

SUSPICIOUS MOTORCYCLIST

Rider crashed, IIOC investigating   

DAWN ROBERTS2

t approximately 4:50 a.m. today, May 16, 2019, Hope RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress at a mechanic shop in the 600-block Old Hope Princeton Way. Police were also advised that a suspicious man was seen leaving the location on a motorcycle. A police officer attended within minutes and located who they believed to be the same suspicious man riding a motorcycle west bound on Old Hope Princeton Way. The officer attempted to stop the man, but he left the location heading towards Water Avenue.

A short time later, police were notified that a motorcycle was subsequently involved in a motor vehicle incident at the intersection of Water Avenue and Old Hope Princeton Way. The man, now believed to be connected to the earlier complaint, was taken to hospital by BC Ambulance Service in serious condition.

The Independent Investigation Office of BC have been notified and will determine if there is any link between police actions and the motor vehicle collision.

Hope RCMP are continuing to investigate the original complaint.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.

Please note that aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

NINE MONTH INVESTIGATION

Weapons, cash and drugs seized   

SGT CHAD GRIEG

 

n May 14, 2019, officers with the Surrey RCMP Drug Section executed a search warrant at a residence in the 13700 block of 100 Avenue. The warrant came as part of a nine-month investigation into alleged drug trafficking. During the investigation police located and seized evidence believed to be associated to drug trafficking including suspected cocaine, fentanyl, Xanax and Percocet. Police also seized approximately $2800 in cash, a starter pistol, and a conductive energy weapon.

 

A man in his 30s was arrested at the residence, and was released from police custody as the investigation continues. No charges have been laid at this time.

 

A second arrest and seizure was made on the same day by a member of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) as a result of a traffic stop. The officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 12700 block of 60 Avenue. As a result of the stop, police located and seized suspected cocaine, approximately $1200 in cash, and other evidence which is believed to be associated to drug trafficking. 


The driver, a 31-year-old man from Vancouver, was released on a Promise to Appear for a future court date. Charges have not been laid, as the investigation is on-going.

 

Investigators believe both of the individuals arrested in these occurrences yesterday are linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

 

“These two seizures are the result of our ongoing work to strategically target individuals involved in drug trafficking and violent crime in Surrey,” says Inspector Mike Hall, Pro-Active Enforcement Officer, “Our community can also help us by continuing to report suspicious activity and information to the Surrey RCMP.”

 

Anyone who observes suspicious activity in their neighborhood or has information which may assist with this investigation 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, MAY 16, 2019 

 

PENTICTON RCMP

'EDDIE SPAGHETTI' CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN

Mounties looking for more victims

CPL. CHRIS MANSEAU

 

n November 2018, Penticton RCMP received information which sparked a child sexual assault and pornography investigation involving a long time employee of a Summerland recreation facility.

Edward Casavant, 54, of Penticton, was arrested on an outstanding warrant yesterday (May 15, 2019) and has been charged with 10 counts relating to incidents between 2008 and 2014, including.


• 2 counts of making or publishing child pornography
• 1 count of importing or distributing child pornography
• 1 count of possession of child pornography
• 1 count of accessing child pornography
• 1 count of secretly observe/record nudity in private place
• 1 count of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability
• 1 count of sexual assault
• 1 count of sexual interference of person under 16
• 1 count of Invitation to sexual touching under 16
 

Casavant, also known as Eddie Spaghetti, was employed as a lifeguard for over 30-years, beginning in the late 1980’s. Police believe Casavant used his position to gain access to school aged children. In addition, he volunteered as a lifeguard at various local summer camps and other community events and may have had access to children in this capacity.

RCMP are releasing a photo of Casavant in order to further investigative efforts and identify additional victims.

"While we have identified at least two victims, we strongly believe there are additional victims who may not have already reported, or may not be aware they are a victim. We are asking anyone who believes that they have information on this matter to report to their police of jurisdiction, or to call the Penticton RCMP tip line at (250) 276-2177," states Cpl. Chris Manseau, BC RCMP Media Relations Officer.

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

Motorcyclist Charged with Injuring a Cop

Rider facing obstruction and dangerous driving

SGT. PETER DEVRIES

 

harges have been laid against a North Vancouver man accused in an incident where an RCMP officer was injured when he was struck by a motorcyclist. Two charges were laid May 10 in Provincial Court. A 27-year-old North Vancouver resident, Mark Daniel Webber, is accused of one count each of Obstructing A Peace Officer and Dangerous Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. Mr. Webber is next scheduled to appear in court on May 29.

North Vancouver RCMP recommended the charges following their investigation of a February 9th, 2019 incident during which an officer was struck and injured by a speeding motorcyclist who refused to stop when the officer flagged him down.

The North Vancouver officer, whose name is not being released, suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of the incident. "He spent more than a month off work," said Sgt. Peter DeVries, media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. "He wasn't allowed to look at any screens for quite a while; no TV, no cell phones. He couldn't do any strenuous exercise and he had to be monitored closely." The officer is now making a graduated return to work and expects to return to full duties in the coming months.

"On February 9th, we asked the public for help with this investigation, and a number of witnesses came forward," said DeVries. "The information they gave us was instrumental in getting to this point.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

POLICE SEEK SHOOTERS IN DEATH

Chrysler 300 involved recovered

CPL FRANK JANG (photo Austin Grewel)

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Austin Grewal.

On April 26, 2019, just after 5 p.m., 18-year-old Mankaran (Austin) Grewal was shot and killed in the area of 176 Street and Abbey Drive in Surrey, B.C.  A red Chrysler 300 sedan was identified as being associated to the shooting.

Suspects

Thanks to the public’s assistance, police recovered a red Chrysler 300 in the area of 201 Street and 123A Avenue in Maple Ridge, B.C. later that evening.  Investigators now believe this is the suspect vehicle.

After an extensive canvass of the neighbourhood where the Chrysler 300 was found, IHIT obtained video surveillance footage that shows two males believed to be associated to the vehicle.  Investigators are asking anyone with information about the individuals on the video to contact IHIT immediately. 

Suspect #1 – Taller of the two, non-Caucasian male, skinny build, dark facial hair goatee or beard wearing a light coloured hoodie

Suspect #2 – Shorter of the two, unknown ethnicity, skinny build, no facial hair wearing a black hoodie with a cap underneath carrying a bag on his shoulder  

“IHIT detectives continue to actively pursue those responsible for Austin Grewal’s murder,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “This new video is another important step in the case and could significantly advance the investigation with information from members of the community.”

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, MAY 15, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN CHARGED IN FATAL 2017 SHOOTING

Tull facing multiple charges

CPL FRANK JANG

harges laid against one man in connection with a 2017 fatal shooting in Langley.

Shortly before midnight on June 9, 2017, gunshots were fired in the area of the Browns Social House on 200th Street near the Langley Bypass. Frontline officers arrived to find 31-year-old Tyler Pastuck dead with gunshot wounds and a second male victim who survived the shooting. For the next several months, IHIT and its partners diligently followed the evidence trail which has now resulted in criminal charges being laid in connection with the shooting.

On May 10, 2019, David Tull was charged for the following offences:

• First degree murder of Tyler Pastuck
• Attempt murder
• Conspiracy to commit murder

The attempt murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges are in relation to the second male victim.

“This was a fast moving and highly complex investigation. All the investigators involved are commended for their dedication and perseverance,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.

Mr. Tull is currently in custody and will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on May 14, 2019.

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019 

 

PRINCE GEORGE RCMP

MAN INJURED IN CELLS

Internal Investigations looking into it

IIOC

CMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British
Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Prince George which has resulted in injury.

On May 11, 2019, at approximately 8:30 p.m., an officer from
the Prince George RCMP was on patrol when they observed a man riding a
bicycle, allegedly weaving in and out of traffic and not wearing a
helmet, near 5th Avenue and Ewart Street. The officer stopped the man to
identify him and serve him a violation ticket. During this interaction
the officer attempted to place him under arrest for other unrelated
offences near a residence in the 500-block of Alward Street, where the
man allegedly resisted the officer’s attempt to place him in
handcuffs.

The man was taken into custody with assistance from back-up officers
and transported to the Prince George RCMP Detachment where he was lodged in a cell. The following morning the man complained of pain, and BC Emergency Health Services was called to the detachment to transport him to a local area hospital for treatment.
 

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

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019 

 

PRINCE RUPERT RCMP

CASH, CARS and DRUGS

Two charged with trafficking

CPL. FRANK JANG

n Friday May 10, 2019, the Prince Rupert RCMP executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 1200-block of Summit Avenue. Police arrested one 30-year-old male and one 25-year-old female for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Police seized a significant amount of drugs suspected to be cocaine and marihuana. As well as a large amount of cash and two vehicles which police believe were all related to a drug trafficking operation.

The male was released on a Promise to Appear, with a court date in the near future, and the female was released with no charges.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250 624-2136 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

COLD CASE MURDER CHARGES LAID

21-year-old Harjot Deo

CPL. FRANK JANG

 

second degree murder charge has now been laid against one man in a 2017 homicide in Surrey.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday August 2, 2017, the Surrey RCMP received a report of a car fire in the 18700-block of 24 Avenue.  RCMP officers and emergency responders arrived on scene to find the body of 19-year-old Bhavkiran Dhesi inside the burnt vehicle.  Her death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in.

IHIT has been advancing the investigation since the onset and has gathered significant evidence that was forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charge approval consideration.  On May 10, 2019, 21-year-old Harjot Deo was arrested by IHIT investigators and Crown Counsel has charged him with second degree murder in relation to Miss Dhesi’s death.  

“IHIT investigators worked tirelessly since August of 2017 to gather sufficient evidence to support criminal charges,” says Superintendent Donna Richardson, Officer-in-Charge of IHIT.  “This was a complex investigation with considerable contributions made by IHIT’s policing partners and is yet another example of the positive outcomes made when IHIT and its partners work cohesively towards a common goal.”

"Miss Dhesi was a strong young woman with a promising future ahead of her. At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life. Miss Dhesi’s loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community," says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP. "I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has been now been charged," says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP.

Mr. Deo will make his next court appearance on May 27, 2019.

Notwithstanding the second degree murder charge against Mr. Deo, the investigation remains active.  IHIT investigators believe there are still individuals who have important information about this case that have not come forward.   

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is urged 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).

Statement by Superintendent Donna Richardson, Officer-in-Charge of IHIT

Good morning, I
would like to first express my deepest condolences to Bhavkiran’s family.  I realize the past several months have been very difficult for them and I thank them for their patience.

Since the early morning hours of August 2, 2017, IHIT investigators have relentlessly pursued those responsible for the murder of 19-year-old Bhavkiran Dhesi.  Today, I am pleased to announce that IHIT has arrested an individual in connection with Bhavkiran’s death.  On May 10, 2019, 21-year-old Harjot Deo was arrested by investigators and charged with second degree murder by the B.C. Prosecution Service. 

Significant energy and resources were invested into the gathering of evidence in this investigation.  I am incredibly proud of the tremendous dedication and effort shown by our investigators these past months.  I am also grateful for the contributions made by all of our partners including the Surrey RCMP.

Despite today’s announcement, I can tell you that the investigation is still active and our investigators are still pursuing several leads.  We know there are still those who have intimate knowledge of what happened to Bhavkiran who have yet to come forward.  I would like to remind those individuals that there is still opportunity for them to do the right thing.

Statement by Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP

I want to begin by expressing my sincere condolences to Bhavkiran’s family. Bhavkiran’s death has been a terrible blow to her family.

Bhavkiran was a strong young woman with a promising future ahead of her. At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life. Her loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community. I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has now been charged.

To our community in Surrey, I want to thank you for your patience during this investigation. Homicide investigations are often long and difficult to endure for families, and for our greater community.

To the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, and the members of the Surrey RCMP who assisted, I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to this investigation.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU

Gun and knife seized

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an investigation which has resulted in the arrests of two men, and the seizure of a firearm from a vehicle in the 13800-block of 100 Avenue.

 

Shortly before 1 am on May 6, 2019, Surrey RCMP officers were attending to an unrelated investigation at a housing complex and observed two suspicious vehicles, a Honda Accord and a Chevy Colorado, in the roadway of that location. As the police vehicles drove into the complex, the two suspicious vehicles abruptly attempted to flee the area. The Honda Accord attempted to drive through a gate of the townhouse complex and became stuck. The Chevy Colorado collided with a police car as it fled the area at a high rate of speed. 

 

Two men associated to the Honda Accord were arrested at the scene. A third person fled the area and has not yet been located. Police seized a collapsible semi-automatic pistol carbine firearm, a hunting knife, and latex gloves, from the Honda.

 

The Chevy Colorado, was also located and seized as part of the on-going investigation.

 

Thirty-year-old Ryan Molner of Surrey, has been charged with ten separate counts including; failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

The second man has been remanded to custody on unrelated warrants and has not been charged in relation to this investigation at this time.

 

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation 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, MAY 8, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

Condo Complex Burgled

Cops look to ID suspect

CPL. DENNIS HWANG

ichmond RCMP is investigating a condo complex burglary in the 10300-block of No. 2 Rd that occurred in late July of last year.

All investigational avenues have been exhausted and we hope that by releasing security footage, the community will be able to help us identify the suspect.

The suspect is described as:

• Asian male
• Possibly in his twenties
• Athletic build
• Last seen wearing a dark coloured T-shirt, ball cap, pants, and backpack

Anyone with information on this case or the suspect is asked to contact Constable Ryan Lee of the Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit (PCU) at 604-278-1212. Please quote file# 2018-22775.

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

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOMAN DRIVER PUNCHED

Mounties look to the community to help ID suspect

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is appealing to the public for possible witnesses and assistance in identifying the suspect in an assault that occurred on April 17, 2019.

Police are currently investigating a report of an assault that occurred in the intersection of 152 Street and 64 Avenue at approximately 9:30pm. The victim was driving southbound in her white Nissan SUV, waiting in the intersection to turn left, when a dark coloured pick-up truck pulled up behind her and stopped.

A male exited the truck on the driver’s side and walked to the open driver's side window of the Nissan and punched the female driver, who was alone in her vehicle. The suspect male then got back into the passenger side of the truck which proceeded to drive southbound on 152 Street.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 35-36 years old, with a pale/fair complexion, sharp facial features, blonde facial stubble, short hair, and approximately 5'9"-5'10" and 180-190 lbs with a stocky build. At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing a dark blue hoodie and a baseball hat.

Police are releasing a composite sketch of the suspect as well as a photo of the suspect vehicle at the time of the occurrence. The public is requested to call police if they can help to identify this person or witnessed the occurrence.

Anyone with 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

 

 

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019 

 

RCMP

KWANTLEN U BOMB THREAT MADE

Police clear three campuses

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

CMP in Surrey, Langley, and Richmond have cleared all Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) campuses after a threat was reported which involved the University.

 

Officers attended all KPU locations and with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services, , Explosives Devices Unit, and the Metro Vancouver Transit Police conducted thorough searches to ensure public safety. 

 

Police are confident that the areas are safe for the public and there is no imminent threat to safety.

 

Earlier today, May 8, 2019, shortly after 9:00 am, Surrey RCMP received information regarding a threat made to KPU. The threat did not specify any particular campus or person.  The university was notified, and out of an abundance of caution, all KPU campuses were closed while police investigated.

 

Surrey RCMP is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation 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

 

 

  Tuesday, MAY 7, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

BABY FALLS FROM DOCK

Bystander rescues infant

CPL. SACHA BANKS

 

 

n Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, Squamish RCMP received information regarding a child who had fallen from the Porteau Cove dock system into the water below.  Upon arrival Squamish RCMP were able to determine an 18 month old girl had slipped through a railing from one of the upper decks and was rescued by a bystander who had jumped into the water below.

BC Ambulance and Lions Bay Fire Department were on scene attending to the child and had transported her to a waiting Air Ambulance.  She was flown to BC Children's Hospital and is listed in stable condition. 

"Squamish RCMP are looking to speak to any witnesses that were there today and saw the event unfold" stated Corporal Sascha Banks. "We have yet to identify the man who rescued the girl from the water, but I have no doubt that he was that little girl's guardian angel."

Police will be speaking with BC Parks to see if anything can be done in the future to prevent similar incidents from happening. 

 

 

  Tuesday, MAY 7, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COPS HAVE FIELD DAY

Drugs and guns sized over two days

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

 

wo separate criminal investigations and a pro-active vehicle stop by multiple units within the Surrey RCMP has led to a substantial seizure of drugs, cash, weapons, and high-end vehicles in two days.

 

On Thursday, May 2nd the Surrey RCMP’s Drug Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 15800 block of 94th Avenue. As a result of the search, a loaded Glock 19 pistol, body armour, suspected cocaine, approximately $5,000 in cash, and other evidence associated to drug trafficking was seized. Officers also seized two high end vehicles, a Porsche Panamera and a Range Rover, as proceeds of crime and offence related property. The seized gun will be examined to determine any linkages to other crimes or occurrences. This drug investigation is ongoing as there is belief the occupants of the residence have associations to organized crime.

 

On Friday, May 3rd, the Surrey RCMP’s Community Response Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant on a residence in the 15100-block of Fraser Highway. The warrant resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine, varying amounts of suspected cannabis and shatter, various drug packaging paraphernalia, and multiple weapons including brass knuckles, bear spray, and nunchucks. One male was taken into custody and later released on a Promise to Appear as the investigation continues. Officers are liaising with Surrey Bylaws and are actively engaged with the property owner as the residence is alleged to be a hub for criminal activity in the community.

 

On Friday, May 3rd, at approximately 8:20 pm, a Surrey RCMP Drug Unit officer conducted a pro-active stop on a vehicle suspected of drug trafficking in the 6300-block of Hwy 91 in Delta after following the vehicle from Surrey. The driver was arrested and a search incidental to his arrest, which yielded pre-packaged bundles of suspected fentanyl/carfentanyl. The vehicle, two mobile phones and $1,000 cash was also seized as offence related property. The driver was later released pending further investigation. 

 

Surrey RCMP continues to conduct overt and covert enforcement activities throughout the city in an effort to combat drug trafficking and its associated violence. In addition to conducting more visible enforcement activity, Surrey detachment has a number of dedicated investigative units involved in ongoing investigations on individuals and locations associated to the drug trade. These units regularly collaborate and all have the same goal of reducing criminal activity and addressing violent crime and responding to community concerns. 

 

Anyone with information about any suspicious or criminal activity 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, MAY 3, 2019 

 

WILLIAMS LAKE RCMP

POLICE TALK DIAMONDS AND DUST

Doorway fire suspect sought

CPL. MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Thursday May 2 2019 at 10:33 PM, Williams Lake RCMP were called to the scene of a fire at a local business.

Williams Lake Fire Department were on-scene of a suspicious fire at the rear of the Diamonds & Dust Night club. The staff had located a fire in the rear of the building and called the Fire Department and safely evacuated the building.

The fire was contained to a door at the rear and quickly extinguished. There have been no reports of injuries and an estimate of damage is not yet known.

The investigation is ongoing and police are looking to the public to help further this investigation. Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this fire, or may have information on the person(s) responsible for this arson.

On April 25 2019 the Diamonds and Dust Night Club was the scene of a shots fired call. That matter is still under investigation and it is not known at this time if there is a connection between the two investigations.

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

 

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 

 

TRAIL RCMP

FEMALE FOUND DEAD

Mounties arrest man on the scene

CPL. MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Thursday May 2 2019 at approximately 1:00 AM Trail and Greater District RCMP were called to a residence on 9th Avenue in Montrose BC.

Upon attendance, officers discovered an adult female deceased. The death appeared to be suspicious and an adult male was arrested at the scene. South East District Major Crime has been called to assist and now has conduct of the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.

Police are asking anyone with information to please call Trail RCMP at (250) 364-2566, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BODY FOUND IN BURNED OUT VEHICLE

RCMP look for clues

CPL. ECHRIS MANSEAU

 

n April 30th, 2019 at approximately 840 am the Oliver RCMP were called to a remote location east of Oliver where a recently burned Ford pickup truck was located.

Upon arrival local fire department had already attended the scene to suppress any fire surrounding the vehicle.

One the scene was safe an examination of the burnt vehicle revealed human remains located amongst fire debris. Currently Oliver RCMP  members are partnering with the RCMP South East Major Crime Unit, the BC Coroner and Forensic investigators, who are all on-scene.

The identity of the decease person in the vehicle has not been made at this time. Due to extensive damage to the vehicle, the model & type has not been positively confirmed, however there is some indication the vehicle was previously stolen out of Penticton.

Investigators are currently trying to determine the cause of the fire, and the identity of the deceased person found within.

If you have any information regarding any of these investigations, please contact your nearest Police Agency or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

Surprised Drivers

Cops get 90 offenders on the road

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

tip from the public has led to the arrest of two men and a substantial seizure of cash and drugs.

Shortly before 8 pm on April 29, 2019, Surrey RCMP officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the 700-block of 171 Street. Officers attended and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which then initiated an impaired driving investigation, and led to the arrest of both the driver and passenger and the seizure of the vehicle.

During the investigation, officers located and seized multiple items including approximately $27,440 in cash, a replica firearm, a conductive energy weapon, multiple cell phones, and packaged bags of suspected heroin/fentanyl.

 

Both the driver and passenger have been released from police custody on a court process and the investigation is on-going.

“Once again the watchful eyes of community members have assisted us in an investigation,” says Surrey RCMP Operations Officer, Superintendent Ed Boettcher. “Police alone cannot combat violent crime in Surrey, we encourage the public to continue to report any suspicious activity in our community.”

In addition to following up on tips, Surrey RCMP is continuing its strategic enforcement activity with enhanced patrols by members of the Surrey RCMP’s Traffic Unit, officers, and the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team. A variety of work is being done to increase police contact with individuals known to be involved in violent criminal behaviour and drug trafficking in the city. This work has included an increase in the number of traffic check stops throughout Surrey.

A recent series of check stops conducted on the night of Saturday, April, 27, 2019, resulted in approximately 1,100 vehicle checks, and a number of violations and charges under the Motor Vehicle Act.

In total:
• criminal impaired driving investigation
• 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP) and the accompanying 30-day impound
• criminal charge for Possession of controlled substance
• charge for drive while prohibited
• 3-day IRP with accompanying 3-day impound
• suspension by drugs
• cell phone violations
• violation tickets for No valid drivers licence
• violation tickets for Drive contrary to restriction
• violation ticket for seatbelts
• violation for use cannabis while operating vehicle

Addressing violent crime remains a top priority for the Surrey RCMP. Anyone with information about any suspicious or criminal activity 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

 

 

  TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

SHOOTING DEATH INVESTIGATED

IHIT looking for red Chrysler

CPL. FRANK JANG

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the shooting death of an 18-year-old Surrey man.

Surrey:  On April 26, 2019 just after 5 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received numerous calls of a shooting in the area of 176 Street and Abbey Drive.  Frontline officers arrived to find a deceased male victim with gunshot wounds. 

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 and further the investigation. 

Investigators have identified a red Chrysler 300 sedan (photograph attached) believed to be associated to the shooting.  Anyone with dash cam video and/or cell phone video from the area around the time of the shooting is asked to contact IHIT immediately. 

“We believe this was a targeted incident and is linked to the ongoing lower mainland gang conflict,” 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).

 

  TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN SHOT DEAD

IHIT lays murder charges after investigation

CPL. FRANK JANG

man has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Robel Kinfe Abera in New Westminster, B.C.

On April 27, 2019, at about 7:30 p.m., the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) responded to reports of gunfire at Hume Park in the 600-block of East Columbia Street.  Police arrived on scene to find 20-year-old Robel Kinfe Abera dead with gunshot wounds.  A suspect was quickly identified and arrested by police near the scene of the shooting.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in to take over the investigation.       

IHIT and its partners from the NWPD have worked tirelessly over this past weekend to collect evidence and to forward the findings of the investigation for charge approval consideration. 

On April 28, 2019, 19-year-old Sam Jafroudi was charged with second degree murder for Robel Abera’s death.  Investigators believe the two men knew each other and this was not a random incident.  It is not believed to be related to the lower mainland gang conflict.    

“The quick response of the attending NWPD officers in identifying and arresting a suspect should be commended,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “The work continues for IHIT as investigators will be busy completing final disclosure packages for furtherance to Crown Counsel.”   

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).

 

 

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018

 

PRINCE GEORGE RCMP

MAN  FOUND  DEAD  IN  DITCH

Police try to connect vehicle  fire and death

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Saturday January 12th, 2019, at approximately 10:30 AM, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire on Chilako Station Road, off Highway 16 in the Beaverly area, just west of Prince George city limits. The Beaverly Volunteer Fire Department attended and extinguished the fire. The vehicle appeared to be abandoned.

At approximately 1:30 PM, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a person laying in the ditch along West Lake Estates Road, off Blackwater Road, south of city limits. Officers attended and located a deceased male in the ditch. The BC RCMP's North District Major Crime Unit was called in and assumed conduct of the investigation. Investigators are treating this death as a homicide. The deceased male is a 40-year-old resident of Prince George. At this time investigators do not believe this is a random event.

Police are attempting to determine if there is a connection between the abandoned vehicle fire and the homicide. Investigators are asking anyone with information about suspicious vehicles or persons on West Lake Estates Road, Blackwater Road, Lower Mud River Road, Chilako Station Road or McBride Timber Road on the morning of Saturday January 12th, to please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018

 

ASHCROFT RCMP

CHARGES  LAID  IN  SHOOTING  DEATH

Harkness, 31, appeared in Kamloops court

CPL JANELLE SHOLET

CMP in the Southeast District have arrested and charges have been laid in a shooting incident which occurred earlier this week in Cache Creek.

On Monday January 14, 2019, officers of the Ashcroft RCMP attended a residence in the 1000-block of Collins Road in Cache Creek for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they located a deceased man.

Corey Richard Harkness, 31, of Cache Creek appeared in Kamloops Provincial court earlier today, to answer to one count of Murder, in relation to the man’s death.
Harkness has been held in custody and is expected to appear again on January 19, 2019.

This incident generated significant interest in the community and the follow-up investigation continues, states Sergeant Janelle Shoihet Media Relations Officer for the BC RCMP. We are encouraging anyone with information about this incident to contact Southeast District Major Crime Unit investigators at 1-877-987-8477.

 

 

 

 TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018

 

ASHCROFT RCMP

MAN  SHOT  TO  DEATH

Police say isolated incident

CPL DAN MOSKALUK

he Ashcroft RCMP attended to an apparent shooting incident on Monday evening at a residence in Cache Creek. Upon attendance police located a deceased adult male.

On Monday January 14, 2019, at approximately 7:00 PM, members of the Ashcroft RCMP attended a residence in the 1000 block of Collins Road in Cache Creek after receiving a 911 call. Members arrived to find a deceased adult male at the scene.

Initial investigation suggests that an interaction took place between two persons known to each other, investigators do not believe that the incident poses a continued direct threat to the general public. The Southeast District Major Crime Unit along with Forensic Ident investigators are currently at the scene.

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit asks that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Ashcroft RCMP at 250-453-2216 or via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

BODY  FOUND OF  MISSING WOMAN

Coroner says nothing 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.