Campbell River RCMP January 25th, 2022 Community Update

Campbell River

2022-01-25 05:12 PST

Campbell River RCMP January 25th, 2022 Community Update

Unfortunately, many of the people that partake in criminal activity didn't get the New Year …..New Me memo that came out on January 1st as it does every year. 

At the end of the day on January 24th, 2022 that Campbell River RCMP had already responded to 997 calls for service. As of the same date in 2021, the local detachment had responded to 989 files. While only an 8 call increase, which is very modest, it's important to note that the cold weather conditions in the early part of the month were more conducive to keeping people out of trouble as compared to the weather in the same time frame in 2021.


 (Access to Air Eight in the snowy conditions that have trapped many down logging roads has been essential to public safety this winter)

Counterfeit Warnings

Recently there have been multiple counterfeit bills passed in the Campbell River area and in the end, it is the business who takes the bill that is stuck at a financial loss.

It is extremely important for business owners to train employees how to identify counterfeit bills to ensure that they do not make their way into the system. If you are unsure how to do this, access the Bank of Canada Currency Website for help.

Simple policies in stores can also reduce the risk of people trying to pass large bills, such as $100 and $50 dollar notes. Some stores will choose not to take them while others request ID in order to take a large bill as payment. When asked for ID, most criminal elements will not be willing to share and will move on. 

Other tools exist, such as special lights and pens, but really, it is very much a matter of training and taking the extra second or two to examine a bill to prevent the use of counterfeits. 

Robberies in the New Year

File 2022-124

On January 4th, 2022, shortly before 1:00 pm, an unidentified, masked male entered a bank on Shoppers Row and passed a note demanding money or he would shoot. The suspect escaped from the area with his limited ill gotten gains. 

Members from Campbell River's general duty watches, street crimes unit, and forensics units have dedicated extensive time to the investigation, however the suspect is still at large.

File 2022-608

On January 15th, 2022, at 5:40 pm, a different unidentified, masked male was browsing in a store in the 600 block of 11th ave, when he grabbed a knife from a display case and held the staff member in the store at knife point and demanded money. The business did not conduct cash sales and the suspect left with little of value and ran away into the darkness.

Officers were in the area extremely quickly, but the suspect was not located. members from Campbell River's general duty watches and forensic unit are heavily engaged in the investigation in efforts to identify the suspect.   

Both the Robberies highlight an increase in violence and desperation that we are witnessing more frequently, said Cst Maury Tyre. It's very important for the public to understand that these crimes typically cannot be solved in an hour like on TV. There is no magic CSI group with a cool soundtrack that can return DNA analysis in a minute. However, with the evidence available to us, a significant amount of public canvassing, and time we believe we should be able to identify and hold both suspects accountable.     

If anyone has any information regarding these or any other crimes, please contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.

Released by

Cst. Maury Tyre

Media Relations Officer
Campbell River RCMP
275 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C8
Office: 250-286-6221
Cell: 250-895-1468
Fax: 250-286-3983


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