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Thefts from Vehicles and CRA scams

File Number: Thefts from Vehicles/CRA scams

The Grand Forks RCMP would like to notify the citizens of Grand Forks that there have 21 complaints of theft from vehicles since January 1, 2018.

Unfortunately most of these thefts have been from unlocked vehicles and some of the stolen property has been unsecured items in the boxes of trucks.
Please lock up or remove valuables from your vehicles, and keep things like loose change out of sight.

If you have any information regarding these thefts you can call the Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

As a reminder numerous citizens of Grand Forks have been contacted by scammers who are posing as an agent for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The scammer demanded money for back taxes, fines and a fee. The scammer told the citizen that the RCMP would be contacting the citizen if he did not pay. This is a scam. New to this scam is a letter from the CRA indicating that the addressee needs to contact the CRA to update their personal information.
“The CRA takes these matters very seriously and provides substantial information to Canadians about how to protect themselves from scams undertaken using the CRA’s name. Informing yourself is particularly important during the tax filing season, when such scams peak,” said the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue. This information, including examples of real scam telephone calls and e-mails, can be easily found on the CRA web site. The
below link is a wealth of information on various CRA scams. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html

You may also obtain a brochure on Fraud Awareness and how to protect yourself against fraud from the Grand Forks RCMP Detachment.

Sincerely,
Sgt. J. (Jim) FENSKE
Detachment Commander
Boundary Regional RCMP

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)

 

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

Trail B&E Suspect Bites Bait And Is Busted In Kamloops

RCMP_BannerPolice have vehicle thief and break and enter suspect in custody.

In the early morning hours of Friday January 23rd the Trail RCMP were called to two commercial B&E’s in the city within an hour of each other. Ackland Grainger and Gerick’s Cycle both had their front doors smashed and cash and property stolen. Video surveillance captured images of the male suspect and a vehicle.

On January 24th the stolen Ford F350 used by the suspect was located in West Trail. Investigation soon lead police to a residence on Wilmes Lane where a 37 year old female was taken into custody. A search warrant was executed at the residence and evidence from both of the break and enters was seized along with items stolen from a break in at Sound West in December 2014. Items recovered from the stolen truck also linked the suspect to a theft of tools from a City of Trail work truck. It is believed the couple recently relocated to Trail from the lower mainland. The female was released with a pending court date of April 2nd in Rossland.

In the early morning hours of January 27th, Kamloops RCMP arrested the male sought in the local break and enters after he stole a ‘bait’ vehicle in Kamloops. Kamloops Detachment is investigating a rash of crimes committed overnight. The male will be held in custody and will be facing numerous charges related to his crime spree in Trail.