Category Archives: Castlegar

Help the Police Find the Robbers


On May 6, 2016 at 4:27 a.m., Castlegar RCMP responded to a robbery at a business on 6th Avenue in Castlegar.

Two male suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from an employee leaving work. The victim was not injured during the robbery. The investigation is ongoing and further details relating to the incident are not being released at this time.

Police believe the two male suspects drove away in a white 90’s model Ford Explorer with a dark fender flares and a dark roof rack. The vehicle is believed to have travelled eastbound on Highway 3 from the uptown area.

If you have any information relating to this incident or suspect vehicle, please contact the Castlegar RCMP at (250) 365-7721.

Successful Waiting Game Leads To Surrender (Castlegar)

RCMP_BannerOn February 9, 2015 at approximately 1:45 PM, Castlegar RCMP responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of 7th Avenue in Castlegar. As firearms were involved in the incident, the SED Containment Team and Emergency Response Team were activated and attended the scene.

The immediate area was evacuated as a public safety precaution. After many hours of negotiations with the male who remained inside his residence, he was subsequently arrested without incident early this morning (Feb 10) and remains in police custody. There were no injuries.

The 47 year old Castlegar man is facing various charges which include Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Uttering Threats, and various firearms related offences.

The Castlegar RCMP and KBRD General Investigative Section continue to investigate the matter.

Should the public have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Castlegar RCMP at 250-365-7721.

Cops Bust Bunko B&E Baddies (Castlegar)


Update: (Jan 28)

On January 27, 2015 HUYGHEBAERT, PIKE and SMITH entered guilty pleas on a number of the charges. As a result, HUYGHEBAERT and PIKE received sentences of 50 days in custody and a $100.00 Victim Surcharge each. SMITH received a sentence of 80 days in custody and a $100.00 Victim Surcharge. (Editors note: will the emotional and financial ramifications to victims be over in 50 or 80 days? Whose sentence is longer in cases like this, the perpetrators’ or the victim’s?)

Original story:

On January 22, 2015 Castlegar RCMP arrested three suspects alleged to have committed multiple offences in the Castlegar area. In total, the three adult males, Leonard John HUYGHEBAERT, Andrew Genner PIKE and Gregory Alan SMITH are facing a total of 16 charges including theft under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and possession of drugs. HUYGHEBAERT and PIKE are from the Grande Prairie area and SMITH had been living in Castlegar.

The incidents are all believed to have been committed within 15 hours of the three males coming to the Castlegar area. At 10:30 a.m. on January 22, Castlegar RCMP Detachment members received a report of a theft from a vehicle which had occurred overnight. At 11:30 a.m. a report was received of a suspicious male attempting to use a credit card at a business. The employee noted the credit card had a flag on it from the issuer and went to speak to the male, who departed with the credit card. At 1:49 p.m. another victim reported a theft from a vehicle. Items taken from the vehicle included the credit card used at the previous business.

Based on the record of the transactions on the stolen credit card and information provided to police by local businesses, the suspects were found to be associated to a hotel room in Castlegar. When the one of the suspects returned to the hotel room at 3:27 p.m., he was taken into custody by police and also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. At 4:50 p.m., the other two suspects were arrested at the hotel room. Numerous stolen items and items purchased with the stolen card were recovered from the hotel room and from the suspects. Investigation also showed the suspects travelled from Alberta in a truck reported stolen from Grande Prairie. The stolen vehicle was also recovered.

The investigation is being conducted in coordination with Castlegar Detachment, Kootenay Boundary General Investigations Section and the Castlegar Crime Reduction Unit.

As a result of the charges, the three males have been held in custody. Their next court appearance is scheduled for (today) January 27, 2015 in Rossland.

Kids Video ‘How to kill a teacher’ Draws Police Attention


On January 21, 2015 Nanaimo RCMP contacted the Castlegar RCMP and alerted them to a 6-minute video which was posted on YouTube on January 12, 2015 entitled “How to kill your Teacher.”

The six-minute video shows two boys about the age of 10 or 11 years old holding toy guns and discussing how to kill a teacher. The Nanaimo RCMP had initially been contacted by a Florida radio station host who stumbled across the video and then he found more footage by the same user featuring the Nanaimo airport. Nanaimo RCMP commenced an investigation into this posted video which revealed that the boys responsible reside in the Castlegar area.

Castlegar RCMP have spoken with the two boys responsible and are currently working with them, their parents, as well as with school officials to try to understand why they would create such a video.

The children indicated this was intended to be a joke.

The boys have been made aware how inappropriate their behaviour and video were. School officials are currently working with the RCMP to conduct a violence-risk assessment and are determining what sort of action will be pursued from within the school setting. Due to the age of the boys (11 and 13 years old), charges will not be pursued, however, alternative measures are being utilized to ensure this does not happen again.

It is important for kids to know that when you post something like this online, it can be taken very seriously and that what you think might be a joke, can be taken differently by someone who may feel they are a target. Posting things like this can get you in serious trouble.