Vanderhoof’s RCMP detachment lodged 64 files last week.
Deceased man found
On Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m., a deceased First Nation man was reported to the police by two witnesses behind Chevron gas station on Highway 16.
The BC Coroners Service is engaged, and the death is determined to be non-suspicious, though the specific cause remains under investigation.
The man’s name is not released by press time on Monday, pending family and Coroners Service approval.
There is no danger implicated for the community, said Sgt. Svend Nielsen.
Downtown liquor store break-in #2
Alerted by a commercial alarm, Vanderhoof’s police responded to a break-and-enter at the Reid Liquor Store at 12:45 a.m. on Feb. 19.
According to a surveillance video, a smaller female, wearing a hoodie with a unique front-facing logo, climbed into the store and stole several items.
She was accompanied by a man who remained outside the building.
It’s the second time that the downtown liquor store was broken into this month. In the early morning of Feb. 8, two males allegedly broke through storefront windows to grab several bottles. One suspect was located, with the help of a witness, and is scheduled to appear in Vanderhoof’s courthouse in April.
The police does not believe the incidents to be linked, and will be working with the owner to improve the store’s security profile, Nielsen said.
Pink Shirt Day
Underneath bullet-proof vests on Feb. 24, RCMP members in downtown Vanderhoof at noon were sporting pink shirts with the rest of the community, for the 600-student strong flash mob for Pink Shirt Day, the nation-wide campaign against bullying.
“In Vanderhoof, there’s a huge energy when it comes to events like that,” said Nielsen, noting the attendance of other agencies, such as Nechako Valley Community Services, who were unidentified at the event. “It’s great to see different parts of the community together.”
– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP