Police Briefs Nov. 13-23

Licence plates stolen, prohibited driver arrested, and more

RCMP Briefs

Licence plates stolen

On Nov. 13 at 12:30 p.m., Grand Forks RCMP received a report of licence plates being stolen from a truck parked behind Clyde’s Pub.

Police have no witnesses or suspects at this time. Anyone with any information is urged to call Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288.

Prohibited driver arrested

On Nov. 13 at 3:32 p.m., a 50-year-old Grand Forks male was arrested for driving while prohibited.

“He was spotted driving his pick-up truck into the PetroCan,” said Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison. “The members were aware that he was under suspension. As a result he was arrested with a recommendation of a charge or driving while suspended was forwarded.”

In addition, the suspect’s vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Vehicle hits black ice

On Nov. 15 at 5:49 p.m., RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 3 about five kilometres east of Christina Lake.

“The vehicle hit black ice and skidded on the road and went down a 10-foot embankment and rolled over,” said Harrison. “There was extensive damage to the vehicle; however, no one was injured thankfully.”

The driver of the Ford Ranger pick-up was a 74-year-old male from Pass Creek, B.C.

Truck stolen

On Nov. 16 at 4:26, RCMP received a report of a theft of a truck.

“A red 1986 Ford Ranger had been stolen from behind Magnum Auto on Central Avenue,” said Harrison. “The vehicle was stored at that location with no insurance. It was last seen on Friday (Nov. 14).”

Harrison said police believe it might be related to an incident that occurred a week or more ago involving a vehicle stolen out of Trail area and recovered here.

“Police chased the other vehicle and the guy got out and ran away on foot and we didn’t catch him,” he said. “We think he may have gone and stole this vehicle but we’re not sure at this point.”


On Nov. 17 at 8 a.m., RCMP received a complaint at their front desk regarding a break-in at the Loomis office on Industrial Road.

Members attended and found several boxes had been cut open, said Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison. “The building was locked and all the windows were locked and there was no sign of how entry was made,” he said. “The alarm was set but didn’t trigger. At this point they aren’t sure what was missing if anything. They are obviously having their security system checked. There was an indication that someone got into the building.”

Anyone with any information on the break-in is encouraged to call Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288.

Drunk driver chats up police

On Nov. 17 at 10:40 p.m., RCMP officers were at the PetroCan station in Grand Forks when a resident who had driven into the station came up and started talking to them and the gas station attendant.

“They noticed that the man had a strong odour of liquor on his breath,” said Harrison. “As a result they gave a demand for a roadside screening and he refused to provide a sample; therefore, the immediate roadside prohibition documents were served on him.”

The vehicle was impounded; police found open alcoholic beverages in the vehicle. He was issued a violation ticket for open liquor in his vehicle.

“As a result, he ends up with a 30-day impound of his vehicle and a 90-day privilege to drive under the immediate roadside prohibition,” said Harrison.

Multi-vehicle accident

On Nov. 22 at 11:10 a.m., RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle accident with damage over $1,000 that occurred on 72nd Avenue.

“There was three-vehicle collision which occurred in front of Home Hardware on 72nd Avenue,” said Harrison. “A red Chevy Blazer turned left on Third Street, spun and hit two pick-up trucks parked in front of Home Hardware. The driver was not injured.”

All vehicles were driveable. The driver was a 79-year-old female driver from Grand Forks driving a 1996 Chevy Malibu.

Road checks

Staff Sgt. Harrison would like to remind residents that the police are currently conducting road checks.

“On Nov. 22 there were two check stop programs running, which are the roadblocks,” he said. “We’re coming up to that time where we’re doing seasonal roadblock checks.”

One of the road checks was done on Highway 3 while the other was on Donaldson Drive.

Church robbed

On Nov. 23 at 6:30 a.m., RCMP received a call from Gospel Chapel about the robbery of a laptop computer from inside the building.

“It appears at this point that someone may have hidden in the church and then when people left and locked up, they stole a laptop computer and departed because there are no signs of entry,” said Harrison.

The matter is currently under investigation.


On Nov. 23 at 7:03 a.m., police responded to an accident with damage over $1,000 on Highway 3 at Sleepy Hollow Road.

“(There was) a single vehicle collision at the top of Spencer’s Hill near Sleepy Hollow Road involving a blue Ford Ranger,” said Harrison.

The Ranger had its back end in the ditch and was partially blocking the left hand lane, he added.

The driver, a 47-year-old female from Fruitvale, was not injured other than saying her neck was a bit sore.

“Every year when we hit the snowy and icy weather we always have accidents in that particular area,” he said. “It seems that that part of the road is really slippery.”

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