Nov. 4: Police Update

Weekly police update on Nov. 4: chronic food thief, suspected hit-and-run, and alert winter driving reminder

Chronic food thief

Two seasoned shoplifters from Fort St. James, with one also having been active in other communities such as Prince George and Fort St. James, are now awaiting bail hearings.

On Oct. 27 at 6:00 p.m., the Vanderhoof RCMP received reports of two female shoplifters at the Independent Grocer, and located them with the store’s descriptions of the individuals and their vehicle.

Convicted for several times in the past, the individuals have been prolific in stealing, mostly food, over the years to be resold for money towards drugs and alcohol, the RCMP said.

The police advised that reporting small thefts, though simple, can help solve a larger problem.

 

Suspected hit-and-run

At 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 27, a disoriented male in a damaged truck was seen driving in circles in the parking lot of P & H Supplies.

The vehicle had both side mirrors missing and scrapes along the truck body, and the RCMP suspected it to be part of a hit-and-run, though none were reported recently.

Individuals with information are advised to contact the local detachment.

 

It’s (always) time for alert driving

Receiving numerous complaints of erratic driving in the past week, the RCMP reminds drivers that winter travelling not only means winter tires, but also driving according to the conditions — icy roads, for example.

Complaints included speeding, swerving, tailgating, and unsafe passing, the RCMP said.

 

– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP

 

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