RCMP Report: Copper thefts, bones and “Starting a new life”

Submitted by Cpl. Kent Kryzanowski
Valemount Detachment
Robson Valley RCMP

On July 14, 2015, Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle after it was observed passing multiple vehicles at a very high rate of speed. The vehicle traveling on Highway 5 was tracked at speeds exceeding 157 km/h. The 53 year old female driver from Pemberton, British Columbia was issued a violation ticket for Excessive Speed and her vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On July 14, 2015 a group of quadders reported coming across an abandoned vehicle in the bush near the Canoe River Bridge, off the West Canoe Forest Service Road, near Valemount. A red Oldsmobile Cutlass was found at this location and determined to be stolen out of Grand Forks.

On July 15 Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle after it was observed traveling 150 km/h on Hwy 16 near Mount Robson. The 56 year old female driver from Hinton, Alberta, was issued a violation ticket for Excessive Speed and her vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On July 16 Valemount RCMP received a report of found bones near the North Thompson River at Bone Creek Forest Service road, on Highway 5. The complainant advised he discovered what appeared to be human bones at the base of the bridge. Valemount RCMP attended and located the bones which were remnants of a dead animal carcass.

On July 17, Valemount RCMP received a complaint of loud music coming from a trailer located on 4th avenue. Members attended to the location and spoke to a 23 year old male requesting he close his windows and turn the music down. The music was lowered. No further complaints were received from that address.

On July 18, at approximately 4:30AM Valemount RCMP received a report of a collision approximately nine kilometres west of the Alberta border. Police determined that the driver of one semi truck was transported to Jasper for treatment, while the other was still on scene with no injuries. One semi was completely obliterated with the cab of the tractor portion demolished. The second semi involved was parked 1 km away leaking diesel. Cause of the accident is still under investigation.

On July 18, Valemount RCMP attended a smash-and-grab from a vehicle parked at Rear Guard Falls, along Highway 16. The male had stopped at Rear Guard Falls to take pictures and when he returned to his vehicle, he discovered both passenger side windows smashed out and his back pack along with laptop and cell phones were missing. This matter is still under investigation.

On July 19, Valemount RCMP received a report of a red Dodge Caravan heading northbound swerving all over the road and possibly impaired. Patrols were conducted along Highway 5 and which time the suspect vehicle was located. A search of the vehicle incidental to arrest resulted in the discovery of a small amount of marihuana and one pound of vacuumed sealed mushrooms suspected to be psilocybin or “magic mushrooms.” This matter is under investigation and criminal charges are pending against the adult male driver.

On July 13, McBride RCMP attended to a break and enter at a local mill site. The suspects used a loader to steal wire from the abandoned site. This matter is still under investigation and anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the McBride Detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

On July 13, McBride RCMP received numerous reports of a 30 year old male acting suspicious and walking into traffic. The male was located by officers and at which time he said he was walking to Kamloops to start a new life. The male was allowed to carry on his way.

On July 14, a helmet was turned over to the McBride RCMP. Anyone who wishes to claim this property is asked to attend the McBride Detachment and meet with an officer.

On July 17, McBride RCMP received a report of a break and enter where tools and copper wire were taken from the LDM Maintenance yard. McBride RCMP attended and found that approximately 50 feet of copper wire had been cut from a welder on the flatdeck of a pickup. This incent is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the McBride Detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

On July 18, McBride RCMP conducted a traffic stop with a black pickup while on patrol on Main Street. The officer detected a strong odor of marihuana coming from the vehicle at which time the driver was arrested. A search of the vehicle incidental to arrest resulted in the discovery of a small quantity of marihuana, drug paraphernalia and open liquor. Charges were laid against the driver under the Liquor Act and Motor Vehicle Act.