Apr. 20 Police Update

Break-in for chips and drugs, domestic dispute, Co-op break-and-enter, crime reduction program continues

On Apr. 14

On Apr. 14

The Vanderhoof RCMP detachment lodged 69 files in the past week.


Break for chips and drugs

An impaired driving complaint reported to the police on Apr. 10 at noon morphed into a break-and-enter and drug possession case.

Arriving at a residence on Blackwater Road, the police found an empty vehicle and a man exiting the house with a bag of chips.

Detained for investigation, the man was found to have an existing warrant, as well as drugs in his possession upon search of his body and vehicle.

Homeowners were away at the time.

Appearing in court on Apr. 12, the man was released with conditions on avoiding the Blackwater residence, zero drug consumption, and no possession of break-and-enter tools.


Domestic dispute

On Apr. 10, a man assaulting his wife and trying to remove her from a vehicle against her will was reported to the police at 7:30 p.m on Williams Crescent.

During the struggle, the woman’s left foot was partially run over as the man drove away.

The RCMP arrived at the residence as the man returned, arresting the individual for charges on assault, dangerous operation of a vehicle, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

He was also charged for refusal of impaired driving test, as he denied alcohol tests on scene and in custody.

Appearing in court on Apr. 12, he was released on conditions that included no contact with his wife, as well as avoiding Vanderhoof and Saik’uz First Nation except for work requirements.

The woman, remaining in hospital for foot injuries, is in stable condition.


Co-op break-and-enter

An overnight break-in at the Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op’s Home Centre was reported on Apr. 12.

According to surveillance video, a person broke into the property’s industrial storage area by cutting through its gate and back fence, leaving with specific items for greenhouse building.

The stolen items are estimated to be valued at $1,000.

Investigation continues, and those with information are advised to contact the police at the detachment or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.


Crime reduction program continues

Initiated on Nov. 13 by the local RCMP detachment to focus on its priority offenders, the crime reduction program, which includes curfew checks, continues with success, Sgt. Svend Nielsen said.

Charges associated with breaching court-imposed conditions were over 12 in November, increased in December with the establishment of the program, and decreased to none associated with curfew conditions in February — due to four priority offenders in custody and constant checks by the police, he added.


Kenney Dam assault investigation

Investigation continues for an assault that occurred on Kenney Dam Road on Apr. 5.

The police looks to contact a couple, who transported the victim into town when passing by, for more information.



– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP