Police Briefs Jan. 14-17

Thieves target liquor stores; break-ins may be connected; memorial service held for Sgt. Kim Hall.



Vodka stolen from liquor store

On Jan. 14 at 1:18 p.m. Grand Forks police received a report of an individual stealing a bottle of Polar Ice vodka from Winnipeg Liquor Store on Central Avenue.

“The suspect was arrested and searched and the liquor was recovered,” said Staff Sgt. Harrison. “In addition to that, a bunch of suspected stolen items from the local dollar store were located in his possession, along with some illegal narcotics.”

Harrison said the individual involved, a 22-year-old male from Grand Forks, will likely be charged with several offences.

Truck and snowmobile stolen

On Jan. 16 at 6:34 a.m. RCMP received a report of a truck and snowmobile stolen from a residence on Hughes Road in Grand Forks.

“A Chevrolet Silverado was parked in the person’s driveway,” said Harrison. “He believes he may have left it unlocked with the keys in it somewhere. Interestingly enough, another stolen vehicle which was reported stolen out of Osoyoos was recovered on Carson Road just adjacent to the complainant’s property.”

Harrison said tire tracks at the scene indicated that the vehicle had been backed out of the driveway headed south on Hughes Road and then east on Carson Road.

“What we’re thinking is that the suspects stole a vehicle in Osoyoos, dumped it here in Grand Forks and then stole another vehicle here and took off,” said Harrison.

The stolen vehicle was recovered in Oliver. The snowmobile, a black 2009 Arctic Cat 800, is still missing. Anyone seeing the snowmobile is urged to call Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288.

Break-in at New Century

On Jan. 17 at 1:35 a.m. RCMP received a report of an alarm going off at New Century Restaurant.

“It appears someone had tried to break into the restaurant,” said Harrison. “They removed some trim off the right side of the front door glass. They did not gain entry and there was minimal damage. It appears they obviously were scared off by the alarm.”

Break-in at OK Tire

Also on Jan. 17, at 2:24 a.m., RCMP received a report of an alarm at OK Tire on Central Avenue.

“It appears the building was broken into and the cash register, valued at $400, and cash were missing from the premises,” said Harrison.

Harrison said the cash register was subsequently found on Spencer’s Hill and found to be damaged beyond repair.

“Video obtained indicates that two males in a pick-up truck were involved,” said Harrison.

Break-in at Greenwood Liquor Store

At 3:26 a.m. on Jan. 17 police responded to an alarm at the Greenwood Liquor Store.

“Two men in hoods were seen on video at that Greenwood government liquor store,” said Harrison. “They broke in through the front door. The bottom panel of the front window was smashed.”

Harrison said that liquor was taken but nothing else.

Harrison said the three break-ins on Jan. 17 appear to be connected. There was also a break-in in Osoyoos with two men in hoodies that may also be connected.

“We believe it to be criminals travelling through our community,” said Harrison.

Former Midway commander passes away

Staff Sgt. Harrison attended a memorial service for Sgt. Kim Hall on Monday in Revelstoke. Hall passed away suddenly Jan. 12 at age 60 from a stroke. She was an operations NCO with the Revelstoke RCMP detachment. She had served many years in Midway with the Boundary detachment.

She was also instrumental in setting up the Citizens on Patrol program in Grand Forks, said Harrison.