Media Release

Elk Valley

2021-01-18 12:35 PST

File # Elk Valley Media Brief - Media Report

Female victims alert RCMP of Snapchat Extortions.

A number of school-age girls have come forward to say an unknown suspect had attempted to extort them after they had provided explicit photos of themselves over a social media platform, specifically Snapchat. We need information to help us identify who is behind this and put a stop to it., stated A/Cpl Katerenchuk. This type of extortion is also known as sex-tortion.

Police ask parents and guardians to talk to their children about the risks of sharing content online and having explicit content on devices that are connected to the internet.

If you or someone you know is a victim of such a crime, please call and report the incident to the Police.

Real-estate fraud reports in the Elk Valley

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, RCMP have received two reports of scammers who have attempted to capitalize on the housing markets in the Elk Valley. These types of frauds come in many forms and it is crucial for you to protect your personal and financial information.

If you suspect fraud, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will urge you to not only contact the RCMP, but also the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, which will provide you with recommendations on how to protect yourself as a property owner.

Elk Valley COVID-19 Update

Responses from the RCMP to COVID-19 related calls continue to be challenging along with it’s additional risks to police, who continue to respond to calls for service throughout the pandemic. Since mid-March 2020, RCMP have responded to 30 calls for COVID-19 related complaints. Of that number, only one Provincial violation ticket was issued for Promote non-compliant event, that resulted in a $230.00 fine.

Elk Valley RCMP are also working with Liquor Licensing Inspectors and Environmental Health Inspectors to ensure Elk Valley pub/bar owners are compliant with the Provincial Health Orders. Police will be stepping up their patrols after recent information of non compliance was received.

Winter Weather Conditions creates an increase in motor vehicle accidents

Since December 2020 to present, Elk Valley RCMP have responded to 45 motor vehicle incidents, some resulting in minor injuries. Heavy snow and icy conditions were contributing factors for many of these collisions.

Theft of Groceries from the Sparwood Save on Foods
Elk Valley RCMP File #2021-153

On January 17th, 2021, around 8:00pm, approximately $200.00 worth of groceries were stolen from the Sparwood Save On by two unknown females and one male. The individuals were captured on camera as they were leaving the store and were observed departing in an older model grey van with Alberta license plates.

Please contact the Elk Valley RCMP at 250-425-6233 or through Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477, if you have any information regarding this incident.



Released by

Cst. Debra A. Katerenchuk

Media Relations Officer
Elk Valley Regional Detachment
607 Douglas Fir Road, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0
Office: 250-425-6233
Cell: 250-423-0280
Fax: 250-425-2653


Follow Us:

Date modified: