Category Archives: Castlegar

New police e-bikes make debut at Sunfest

May 30, 2019
Castlegar RCMP are pleased to showcase two new e-bikes that have been funded by the City of Castlegar and provided to the Castlegar RCMP.

The new police bikes will offer local RCMP officers the ability to navigate areas of the community much more effectively than standard police vehicles, and will allow for more effective interaction between police officers and the public during major events and regular patrols.

The bikes come with a power assist function (not an electric motor) that will allow for officers to cover more ground quickly when needed.  

“We are very pleased with the decision of City Council to fund these bikes, and they will be utilized in several different ways. They will be very useful for locating missing or vulnerable persons in remote areas, patrolling residential and commercial areas at night, and they will provide police an opportunity to interact with the public during large community events such as Sunfest.” – says Corporal Brett Turner. “Officers may not always be in uniform when on the bikes as they look to spot distracted drivers and other offences at intersections and busy roads.”

Castlegar RCMP officers will be out on bike patrol during Sunfest weekend and look forward to interacting with the public and answering any questions they may have.

Submitted by:
Cpl. Brett Turner
Castlegar RCMP
(250) 365-7721 (office)
(250) 608-2518 (cell)
brett.turner @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca (remove spaces around @ for correct email address)

Help the Police Find the Robbers

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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)

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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.