Elk Valley RCMP - Media Report

Elk Valley

2021-06-05 08:08 PDT

Work construction tools stolen from construction site, Galloway, B.C.
Elk Valley RCMPolice File No.: 2021-1293

On May 10, 2021, M. Johnston Construction Inc. reported to Police that sometime between May 7 and 10, 2021, various tools and a radio was stolen from their site at Galloway Mill Road. Items taken included 7 Milwaukee Angle Grinder, 3x5 Makita Angle Grinder, 1 Makita Electric impact wrench, 1 Chicago air impact wrench, ¾ Chicago Air Impact wrench and a Motorola radio. The total value of the stolen items was roughly $5,000.00.

Theft and Vandalisms of traffic signs, Elkford, B.C.
Elk Valley RCMPolice File No.: 2021-1329

On May 15, 2021, Elk Valley RCMPolice received a report that there continues to be thefts and vandalism of traffic signs in and around Elkford, B.C. Four signs stolen have been three standard red 18 octagonal stop signs and one white 18 rectangular crosswalk sign.

RCMPolice are appealing to the public for any information regarding these incidents and encourage to you contact the Elk Valley Police at 250-425-6233 or through Crime Stopper at 1-800-222-8477.

Flight from Elk Valley Police, Fernie, BC.
Elk Valley RCMPolice File No.: 2021-1457

During the early morning of May 26, 2021, a Member returning to Fernie from Sparwood observed a white Ford truck, hauling a trailer, swerving erratically on the highway, near the Ford Dealership. The Member requested for backup and the Ford vehicle was eventually pulled over. It was quickly learned that the vehicle, and the trailer were stolen from Calgary, Alberta. There were three passengers, two males and one female inside the vehicle. The two unknown males were placed under arrest for theft of auto and no charge for the female passenger. The males were released on court documentation scheduled in July, 2021.

Theft of Vehicle, Sparwood, B.C.
Elk Valley RCMPolice File No.: 2021-1480

On May 28th, 2021, Elk Valley RCMPolice was alerted to a theft of a Dodge Dakota, white with blue two-tone with canopy, from the area in Sparwood, BC. The Dodge Dakota had a ¾ tank of gas.

On June 3, 2021, the Dodge Dakota was recovered in Calgary, Alberta, with the assistance from the Calgary Police Service, Auto Theft Team (ATT). Two men were apprehended at or near the scene. A member from the Calgary Police Service (CPS) activated fully it emergency equipment in order to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the Dodge Dakota pulled over and stopped. The driver complied with patrol officers demands, existed the vehicle and was placed under arrest. The passenger slid from the passenger seat into the driver’s seat and accelerated away from the CPS patrol officers. The driver pulled into an alley way and fled on foot. The ATT located the vehicle and successfully apprehended the driver. It was also learned that the plate on the truck was stolen as well.

One male has been charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 for the truck and plate and was released by way of an Appearance Notice. The other male has been charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 for the truck and plate, flight from Police, dangerous driving, driving while suspended, and possession of methamphetamine, break and enter tools, Breaches, Breach of firearms prohibition and drive with no insurance.

Phone Scams

Elk Valley RCMPolice continue to receive numerous complaints regarding various types of phone scams targeting residences of the Elk Valley. The fraudsters have been getting more and more sophisticated and the public must be aware to never give out your Social Insurance Number or any other personal or banking information over the phone to anyone. The public is encouraged to only provide sensitive information through verified company contacts and systems. The safest way to provide information is in person or to someone you know who works at the business or government agency. Please do not assume the telephone number contacting you is legitimate as computer software can replicate any phone number.

If you are not sure about the call, just hang up and alert the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by reaching them at their web site.

Property Crime - Thefts

Elk Valley RCMPolice have seen an increase in thefts ranging from various tools, vehicles and mountain bikes. The Police highly encourage everyone to take responsibility for properly securing your all your personal items, either it be your personal or work vehicles, riding bikes of all types, sheds, etc. Please do not leave your keys or other personal items inside the vehicle. Lock up your vehicles and bikes.

Mountain biking has become a year-round sport in the Fernie and surrounding areas. Bike season is upon us and goes right to the end of October, and then fat biking starts in until end of March. Police highly encourage all biking enthusiasts to take full responsibility in securing your bikes wherever you are riding in the Elk Valley.


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

Email: Debra.Katerenchuk@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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