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Police Nab Busy Thieves And Find a Bunch of Booty


Update

2018-01-25
Update from the Grand Forks RCMP

Further to the media release on 2018-01-22 in regards to several break and enters, theft of mail, possession of property obtained by crime, the Grands Forks RCMP are advising that numerous criminal charges have been laid against both suspects. One suspect remains in custody, one was released on court documents to appear in Court in Grand Forks at a later date.

RCMP members, including the Forensic Identification Section, continue to process several hundred exhibits and RCMP have already returned some property to it’s rightful owners. The investigation is on-going and RCMP will be seeking additional charges where appropriate. It is believed the suspects are responsible for other offences in Cranbrook, Nelson and Castlegar.

Please do not attend the Detachment to enquire if we have your items, we are in the process of contacting the owners of the property we have recovered. As this is an active criminal investigation, the property will be returned as soon as we possibly can.

The Grand Forks RCMP are working with Canada Post in regards to the return of the stolen mail.
If you have any information regarding these crimes please call Cst. David Forbes or Cst. Nicki-Jo Wolfram (investigators) at 250-442-8288. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

Original post

January 22nd, 2018

Acting on a complaint from citizens of Christina Lake members of Grand Forks RCMP responded to a theft in progress from some Canada Post mailboxes. While members were responding to Christina Lake they were able to intercept the suspects in a Dodge truck. Two males have been taken into custody. The Grand Forks RCMP were able to recover extensive amounts of suspected stolen property including a 2014 Dodge pickup.

The investigation is well underway, with members trying to identify who owns the recovered property.

Numerous Break and Enters to sheds and additional thefts from Canada Post mailboxes were subsequently discovered in Christina Lake. The Grand Forks RCMP believe these crimes can be associated to the two suspects that are currently in custody. Members from West Kootenay traffic services and the Forensic Identification section are assisting the Grand Forks RCMP with the investigation. The Grand Forks RCMP are recommending numerous charges of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Break and Enter and additional offences. One of the suspects had an active warrant for his arrest out of Cranbrook.

If you have any information regarding these crimes please call Cst. David Forbes or Cst. Nicki-Jo Wolfram (investigators) at 250-442-8288. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

 

RCMP Speaks to Grand Forks Downtown Business Association

In early April 2017 the senior member of the local RCMP detachment, Sgt. Fenske, gave a talk to the Downtown Business Association regarding the homeless, opiod use and petty crime in the downtown area.

Sgt. Fenske addressed such questions as ‘Are the homeless from elsewhere’. He pointed out the reality of dealing with people who have mental health concerns in addition to being homeless. And what the community can expect police from the police.

It’s not a large detachment and round the clock policing everywhere for every little thing is not a realistic picture. Listen to his words on what the police can do and what they cannot and will not and under what conditions. And the advice on how your business can safely function within this context.

Opiods and Fentanyl

One of the items that he talked about was the rise of Fentanyl in the drugs being used. That impacts not only those abusing the drugs but those who might come into contact with them. Fentanyl is an extremely potent and toxic substance – so much so that even touching it can cause absorption and consequences. Which means if a non-drug user comes into casual physical contact with it, say as a powder spilled on clothing, they can be in danger.

This can happen during touch such as trying to assist someone who has collapsed on or near your premises. The advice in this case is to consider having the opioid antidote Naloxone (also called Narcan) available on premises in the off chance this happens. It’s not only the drug abuser who is at risk but also an employee or customer of your business.

Naloxone was removed from the prescription-only list of medicines last year as a response to the growing opiod crisis. It is not a drug that gives you a high – it is a life saving antidote to an overdose. Sgt. Fenske also pointed out that Naloxone is available in a spray form – he showed the container he and other officers carry as standard equipment now.

After the talk I visited the pharmacies in town and only the one at Overwaitea had any Naloxone available and then only the injectable version. This requires a small amount of training to use properly and does require touching the person who has overdosed to the kit comes with gloves. The spray version is much easier and safer to use – as long as they are breathing all you have to do is spray it into their nostrils.

Just yesterday (July 5) the spray version has become available in Canada.
Health Canada posted a notice regarding this on June 30th (http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2017/63784a-eng.php) and the CBC has an article regarding it here http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/naloxone-nasal-spray-1.3789643

An earlier (Feb) CBC piece (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/costly-naloxone-nasal-spray-1.3675243) pointed out that the cost for the nasal spray was between $60 and $120 – hopefully that will drop as the access frees up. But when you consider it in the context of saving a life then it doesn’t seem like that much. A business (or business community) considering having a portable defibrillator faces a much greater cost (in the thousands) but many don’t see that as an impediment.

Identity Fraud By Mail

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The Nelson RCMP has received several complaints from concerned citizens regarding a mail distribution fraud currently targeting the City of Nelson and surrounding Central Kootenay Regional District areas. Yellow coloured cards titled “FINAL NOTICE” are being received in mailboxes. These cards appear to be personalized to the recipient, indicating that they have unclaimed rewards being held at a distribution center. A claim number is provided. The recipient is directed to call the listed phone number in order to claim the reward. There is a warning indicating that failure to call will result in an automatic forfeiture of the reward.
Those who attempt to claim the reward are asked to provide information such as credit card numbers along with other personalized information.

Citizens should be diligent in protecting their personal information and reminded to never share it over the phone or internet with unknown people or companies. It is not common practice for legitimate companies to request personal information from their clients.
If you think you have spotted a scam or have been targeted by a scam, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre www.antifraudcentre.ca or 1-888-495-8501.

Getting Help and Reporting A Scam
Local Scams www.consumerhandbook.ca
Financial and Investment Scams www.securities-administrators.ca

Banking and Credit Card Scams
Contact your local financial institution

Spam Emails and SMS
www.fightspam.gc.ca

Reporting Fraud, Theft, and other Crimes

If you are victim of fraud – you have suffered a loss because of someone’s dishonesty or deception – you should consider contacting your local police. You should definitely contact the police if you have had property stolen or have been threatened or assaulted by a scammer. You may also contact one of the following organizations:
Canadian Council of Better Business Bureaus www.ccbbb.ca
Canada Revenue Agency – Charities Directorate www.cra-arc.gc.ca 1-800-267-2384
Equifax 1-800-465-7166
TransUnion 1-866-525-0262