Police briefs from Oct. 23 – Trail men, mountain-top vandalism and chainsaw thefts

A busy week for Grand Forks RCMP particularly on Oct. 15.



Police Report Oct. 23


Mountain-top vandalism


On Oct. 15, RCMP received a report of mischief to property on the top of Hardy Mountain near Grand Forks.

“Someone had broken some solar panels that provide power to the emergency air traffic lighting,” said Cpl. Lanz. “The estimated amount of damage is around $5,000.”

Anyone with any information, or anyone who has seen any trucks in the area, is urged to contact the Grand Forks RCMP at 250-8288.


Spray painting spree


Also on Oct. 15 at about 11 a.m., police were notified that there had been some spray painting of graffiti, commonly known as ‘tagging’.

The spray painting occurred some time between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 11.

“A newly refurbished bench on the path leading to the black train bridge as well as some light posts along the same pathway were tagged,” said Lanz.

The matter is still under investigation.


Pills found


At 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, RCMP received a complaint of a disturbance on 75th Avenue in Grand Forks.

“While this matter was being investigated, police found a baggy which contained prescription pills,” said Lanz. “It is unknown who the prescription was for. As a result, the pills were seized.”

The pills were OxyContin, which is a drug that is known to be sold on the street, said Lanz.

The pills will be destroyed.

The disturbance was between two individuals from Trail. No charges have been laid at this time.


Trail trouble maker


On Oct. 15 at 8:45 p.m., RCMP checked three people in Grand Forks on Central Avenue as they walked into traffic.

“As a result of checking one of these males, it was determined that he had consumed some illegal substances,” said Lanz. “The male was arrested. Some methamphetamines were found on his person.”

The individual, a 24 year-old male from Trail, is being charged with possession of methamphetamine. He was later released and will appear in court at a later date.


Theft of chainsaw


On Oct. 17, the police received a report from a business in Christina Lake of a theft of two chainsaws. The total value of the saws is approximately $2,300.

“The chainsaws were both Stihls,” said Lanz. “One had a 28 inch bar and the other was a pole saw.”

Anyone with any information regarding this theft is urged to contact Grand Forks RCMP.


Truck broken into


Also on Oct. 17, RCMP were called to out to investigate a theft that occurred on Oct. 16 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Texas Creek boat launch.

“The back of a pick-up truck was broken into and quite a few tools were stolen,” said Lanz.

Stolen were a Stihl chainsaw, a cordless Makita screw gun, Impact drivers and cordless drill sets, and a cordless grinder. The total value of the theft is estimated at $1,200.

Anyone with any information can contact the local police.


Drunk driver gets IRP


On Oct. 17 at around 8:20 p.m., RCMP were conducting a road check on 72nd Avenue and 7th Street.

“A white Ford pick-up was checked,” said Lanz. “The driver of the vehicle showed signs of impairment. He was put on an approved screening device. The result of that was a fail.”

Lanz said the driver, a 31 year-old Castlegar resident, was issued a 30 day IRP, which is an immediate roadside prohibition.

The vehicle was also impounded for 30 days.