Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP

On September 22nd McBride RCMP attended a report of a suspicious occurrence after a resident heard noise in the trees near his house and his dogs were barking. Police attended and patrols were conducted, but no one was located.

On September 22nd Valemount RCMP received a report of an abandoned vehicle south of Valemount. Police attended and found the vehicle parked on private property. The vehicle was left for the property owner to deal with, but the licence plate was seized as it was not he correct class for the vehicle it was on. The owner was later located and advised he would have to get a different type of plate.

On September 23rd McBride RCMP attended a local hotel after staff found what they believed to be drugs left behind in one of the rooms. Approximately 1 gram of Meth was seized for destruction.
On September 24th McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle for speed and an odour of marihuana was detected coming from inside the vehicle. The driver, a 33 year old Prince George male, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a search of his vehicle revealed a small amount of marihuana which was seized. The male was released after being issued a violation ticket for speed.

On September 24th shoplifters were able to take merchandise from the Petro-Canada. The suspects, a native male and female, drove off in a beige Dodge Caravan with Alberta plates headed north. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Valemount RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

On September 24th McBride RCMP were advised of a dispute between parties around a vehicle purchase. Two males had begun to yell and challenge each other after one was unhappy with his purchase. Police advised both parties that the matter is a civil issue and the process for following up through the civil court process.

On September 27th Valemount RCMP received a report of a couple walking near the train tracks at Moose Lake. The suspects were gone prior to police attending. Police would like to remind the public that it is illegal to walk on train tracks and to cross tracks at any location other that a controlled train crossing. Modern trains run much quieter as a result of engine and track improvements and it very hard to judge the speed of trains based on their size. Anyone caught on tracks may be subject to a fine under the Trespass Act in the amount of $115.

Snow can be seen on the mountain tops around us and winter driving season is officially here. All vehicles must use winter tires or carry chains between October 1 and March 31 on designated Highways. Winter tires must have a M&S designation or a mountain with a snowflake (best option) in it to be considered suitable winter tires. All four tires must be winter tires and have a tread depth of no less than 3.5 mm. Designated routes can be found on ICBC’s website, but for simple reference almost all routes north of Hope are designated as needing winter tires or chains. Anyone without winter tires on designated routes is subject to a $121 fine and your vehicle may be towed if it is unsafe to be on the highway. Please visit ICBC web site for additional information.