Nov. 2 Police Update: break-in suspect arrested, suspicious behaviour calls up

Vanderhoof’s local RCMP detachment lodged 99 files, which included 10 prisoners, in the last week.

Vanderhoof’s local RCMP detachment lodged 99 files, which included 10 prisoners, in the last week. Calls included complaints of erratic driving and an increase in suspicious person or behaviour reports.

“We appreciate the higher regularity of calls, allowing us to respond quicker and help right away,” Sgt. Svend Nielsen said.


Attempted break-in followup

A man suspected to have tried breaking into a backyard shed along Omineca Street on Oct. 16 is now arrested by the Fort St. James RCMP for possessing stolen property and other charges.

Seen by the owner near, but off, the residential property when the shed’s alarm sounded, he received prohibitions for impaired driving but was released with no break-and-enter charges.

On Oct. 22, the shed’s owners reported an iPad missing from their vehicle, which was parked nearby the shed during the night of the alarm.

Through investigation with support from the owners, the iPad was located and the RCMP arrested the man on the same day.



On Oct. 22, a loud boom by Mapes Pit area was heard, felt, and reported by nearby residents at 1:30 p.m.

Observers saw smoke east of Mapes Pit and house windows located two kilometres away from the incident were rattled.

Attending police officers were not able to locate the source of the explosion.

Though the incident is not believed to involve serious danger, the RCMP advises anyone with information to contact the local detachment or CrimeStoppers.


Gun amnesty

The month-long, province-wide, opportunity for British Columbians to dispose of firearms that may be unwanted or unregistered ended on Oct. 31. People are advised to contact the local police force for disposal; weapons should not be delivered by citizens for safety reasons.

In Vanderhoof, about 10 weapons have been collected so far.


– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP