RCMP Report: Speedsters, fraud and “smash and grab”

Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP

On July 20, 2015 Valemount RCMP were advised of a money scam. A male had been contacted by someone claiming to be from Revenue Canada stating that the person owed almost $4,000 in unpaid taxes and could face deportation. The male forwarded $2100 to Ontario prior to attending the police detachment. Police advised the male that Revenue Canada does not deport people and assisted him in stopping the transaction from being completed. Police would like to remind everyone that Government Agencies and legitimate businesses do not solicit money over the phone and will always send documents in the mail. Never provide your personal information over the phone and do not send money transfers to unknown people.

On July 20, 2015 Valemount RCMP had a camera turned into them that was found on Cedarside Road. If you have lost a camera please contact Valemount RCMP to positively identify your property for return.

On July 20, 2015 Valemount RCMP attended a two vehicle collision south of Valemount. A large motor home rear ended a car after the car stopped to avoid a loose dog on the highway. No one was injured and no charges are pending.

On July 21, 2015 Valemount RCMP received a report of batteries being stolen from a speed reader board south of Valemount. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Valemount RCMP at 250-566-4466 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

On July 22, 2015 McBride RCMP attended a dispute at a residence after a landlord found a person residing in the house without his knowledge. The previous tenants were moving out, but had sublet the house to a third party without the landlord’s consent. The occupant packed and left while police maintained the peace.

On July 23, 2015 Valemount RCMP were advised of a bicycle theft that had occurred on a local trail. The bike is a red Renegade.

On July 23, 2015 Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle after it was observed going 155 km/h in a 90 km/h zone near the Valemount golf course. The driver, a 20 year old Alberta female, was issued a violation ticket for excessive speed and her vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

On July 23, 2015 McBride RCMP attended a two vehicle collision after a vehicle struck a parked car. No one was injured and the driver, a 42 year old Alberta female, was issued a violation ticket for an improper left turn.

On July 24, 2015 McBride RCMP received a report of a bike that was found at a local gas station. The owner of the bike subsequently attended the RCMP detachment and was able to positively identify the bike.

On July 25, 2015 Valemount RCMP received a report of a theft from a local campground. A Yamaha generator was stolen overnight. Police would like to remind the public to keep valuables locked up at all times as thieves are opportunists looking for easy items to steal. This matter is still under investigation.

On July 25, 2015 Valemount RCMP attended the scales to deal with a vehicle that had an odour of marihuana coming from it. The driver was detained and a small amount of marihuana was located and seized from inside the vehicle. No charges are pending at this time.

On July 25, 2915 McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle after it was observed going 153 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Hwy 16. The driver, a 35 year old Alberta male, was issued a violation ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

On July 26, 2015 Valemount RCMP were conducting a road check when a vehicle was pulled aside after an odour of marihuana was detected in the vehicle. The male, a 22 year old Manitoba resident, was arrested and a search of his vehicle revealed 22 grams of marihuana and several Percocet. The male was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear in Court in the fall.

On July 26, 2015 McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle after it was observed going 144 km/h in a 90 km/h zone on Hwy 16. The driver, a 20 year old Alberta male, was issued a violation ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

Property crime continues to be an issue in the Robson Valley and police would like to remind the public to secure valuables in vehicle trunks and not leave them in plain sight for thieves to smash and grab. At home be sure items are secured in locked sheds and you have a record of makes, models, and serial numbers for property. If you are going to be away, have friends or neighbours check on your property, pick up mail, and report any suspicious activity to police.

August Long Weekend is upon and police would like everyone to have fun and stay safe. Counter Attack road checks will be occurring at random locations this upcoming weekend so please arrange for a designated driver if celebrating. Long weekends also bring heavy traffic volumes with motorists in a hurry to get to their destinations. Be sure to allow yourself extra time when travelling and to let friends and family know what route you’re taking and when to expect you.

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