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Police Nab Busy Thieves And Find a Bunch of Booty


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

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

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.


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.