Rash of thefts at Christina Lake lead police briefs

Grand Forks and area RCMP report for the week of Sept. 17, 2014.

Police report Sept. 15


Garage break in


On Sept. 9 at 12:50 p.m. RCMP received a report of a break-in of a garage at Pineview Crescent.

The complainant stated that the break-in had occurred the night before, said Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison of the Grand Forks RCMP detachment. “The report stated that the garage was not locked, there was no damage to the door and nothing was taken. The complainant said they heard a noise in the garage. When they went out to check and see what was happening, they saw a person running through the bushes.”

There were no other witnesses and no suspects at this time. People should be aware that there is something like this going on around Pineview, said Harrison.


Motorcycle stolen


On Sept. 9, police received a report of a stolen Suzuki DRZ 400 street legal dirt bike. The bike was outside a residence on Donaldson Drive in Grand Forks.

“The key was in the complainant’s possession so the key wasn’t used,” said Harrison.

There are no suspects or witness at this time. The bike is estimated at $1,500.


Utility trailer stolen


On Sept. 9 at 6:07 p.m., a complainant reported that his 2003 utility trailer was stolen from his property on West Lake Drive in Christina Lake.

“It turns out someone went into his driveway while he was away and hooked onto the trailer and drove away,” said Harrison. “It appears a chain and padlock were cut to gain access. He noticed the motion activated sensor lights were loosened so they wouldn’t come on.”

The trailer is a 16’ long, 7’ wide, tandem axis, flatbed with an Alberta licence plate. The value of the trailer is estimated to be under $5,000.

There are no witnesses or suspects at this time.


Plate and decal stolen


On Sept. 10 at 1:25 p.m., RCMP received a report of a theft of a trailer plate and decal.

The complainant is unsure of when and where the plate was stolen but it was in the Christina Lake area.

Harrison said it is unsure whether the theft of the plate is related to the theft of the trailer from Sept. 9.

“It’s quite a common MO that criminals use,” he said. “If they steal a vehicle, they’ll steal a plate of a different vehicle to thrown on it to get away.”


Another trailer stolen


On Sept. 11 at 11:35 a.m., police received a report of stolen tools from a residence on West Lake Road in Christina Lake.

“The complainant called to report his friend had brought a trailer full of woodworking tools over to help his with his finishing his house and now the tools are gone from within the trailer,” said Harrison.

The trailer was parked at about 8 p.m. the night before, said Harrison. “The door locks on the back of the trailer don’t work so they chained the door shut and padlocked it. Returning in the morning they found the trailer door open and the tools missing.”

There are no suspects at this time.


Oxygen tank taken


On Sept. 11 at 2:18 p.m., RCMP received a report of an oxygen bottle and acetylene bottle stolen from a residence on Kingsley Road.

The bottles were attached to the front of the complainant’s welding machine and were stolen some time over night, said Harrison. “The chain that was holding the two tanks in place was cut. We have no suspects or witnesses at this time but we’re starting to firmly suspect all of these thefts are related.”


Shed broken into


On Sept. 12 at 12:13 p.m., police received a report of a break-in into a shed on Fifth St. in Grand Forks.

“It appears that someone cut the locks with bolt cutters and piled things together to come back at a later time to retrieve,” said Harrison. “The building was re-secured with new locks and a motion sensor light.”

There are currently no witnesses or suspects.

Harrison said no property was taken but it was obvious the suspects were planning to take it.


Donation boxes pilfered


On Sept. 12 at 3:50 a.m., RCMP responded a commercial alarm at the Grand Forks Art Gallery on Central Avenue.

“A constable attended and located the rear door unlocked,” said Harrison. “On the constable’s entry into the building, they noticed two donation boxes located in the main entrance were knocked over and someone helped themselves to whatever was inside.”

Harrison said fingerprints were located at the scene and forensic identification is currently being done.


Theft from motor vehicle


On Sept. 12 at 11:48 a.m., RCMP received a report of a chainsaw stolen from a motor vehicle on 72nd Ave.

“It happened over the last month,” said Harrison. “Someone had cut the lock on the box in the back of his pick-up and stolen a brand new Poulin pro green black chainsaw with a 16-inch bar,” said Harrison.

The chainsaw is valued at $185.

The complainant said the last time he saw the chainsaw was a month previously. There are no witnesses and no suspects at this time.



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