Oct. 5 Police Update: rural mailbox break-in, Markay Road snooping

Vanderhoof’s local RCMP detachment lodged 96 files, which included nine prisoners, in the past week.

Vanderhoof’s local RCMP detachment lodged 96 files, which included nine prisoners, in the past week.


Rural mailbox break-in

Ten rural mailboxes, located in Cluculz Lake area as well as by Braeside Road, were broken into over the nights of Sept. 27 and 28.

The sites were attended by the Canada Post and RCMP, who seized some items for forensic investigation.

No suspects were located by press time.

Residents with broken-into mailboxes are advised to pick up their mail at Vanderhoof’s post office.


Snooping on Markay Road

Two men driving a white or black truck with a headache rack were reportedly seen behaving suspiciously by Markay Drive in several incidents over the past summer — with three related reports last week.

Observed by residents to be checking out private property during any hour or day of the week, the men provided questionable excuses when they are confronted, fleeing the scene.

To assist with investigation and increase response time, the police reminds people to report immediately to 9-1-1 when observing suspicious behaviour.

“We understand that they are frustrated, but they are cautioned to not take matters into their own hands,” Sgt. Svend Nielsen said.


More than moose on the road

An elk struggling with what appears to be an old injury off Highway 27, four kilometres north of Braeside Road intersection, was reported at 4 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Put down by an attending police officer, the animal was also engaged by the local conservation officer to ensure that its meat does not go to waste.


Firearms amnesty in October

SURREY – British Columbians can turn in any unwanted firearms, weapons and ammunition between Oct. 1-31.

For the month long amnesty, B.C. residents are encouraged to arrange for the pick-up of any documented or undocumented firearms and other weapons including restricted and prohibited firearms and weapons that have not been used for a criminal purpose, as well all forms of ammunition.

Under no circumstances should anyone deliver firearms, weapons or ammunition in person and instead are asked to call their local police on their non-emergency line to arrange for their unwanted items to be picked up by police.


– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP