Police vest. (Angie Mindus photo)

Police vest. (Angie Mindus photo)

Vanderhoof police find “heavily modified firearm” disposed in donation bin

Local police provide bi-weekly report to residents

Vanderhoof RCMP received 123 files, including 7 prisoners between March 19 and April 1.

Staff Sgt. Laurie Clarkson, detachment commander sent the bi-weekly report to the Express April 1. Here are briefs from some files received by local police.


On March 31, Mounties were notified of an alleged theft of clothes from a local business. A description of the 50-year-old male was provided to the police, and RCMP were able to quickly locate the suspect close to the store. When police did further investigation, they found an additional suspected theft committed by the man’s companion, a 26-year-old woman, in another neighbouring store. Both unnamed suspects were arrested for theft and have been released for a pending court date.

Highway 16 and Blackwater Road accident

On March 26, Vanderhoof police responded to multiple calls of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 16 and Blackwater Road, which partially closed the highway for a short-period of time. When police arrived on-scene, they found a two-vehicle collision in which both vehicles had sustained significant damage. The driver of one vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries and later released.

Firearm found in a donation bin

Vanderhoof RCMP responded to a report of a firearm found in a donation bin for a local charity. When police arrived, the item was confirmed to be a heavily modified firearm. Vanderhoof RCMP would like to remind the public that disposing off firearms in a donation or garbage bin is not safe and can lead to potential enforcement by police. If you have firearms you want disposed, call the local detachment at 260-567-2222 and a member will come to your house to secure them for you. Do not bring firearms to the detachment.

Scam calls

Local police continue to receive calls from multiple residents who have been contacted by scammers who seek to obtain a person’s banking information, or are directing them to send money either directly or through gift cards.

“As long as scammers have imagination, they will contrive any means to separate someone from their money or attempt to steal their identity. Police would like to remind the community that the banks will not phone a client and request personal banking information from them. In the event you are contacted and asked for your personal information, it is recommended that you hang up and contact your bank via known, documented phone numbers, or attend your local branch in person to address any questions to ensure that there has been no unusual activity with your bank accounts,” Clarkson stated.

This story was first published in the April 8 edition of the Omineca Express.

Aman Parhar
Editor – Vanderhoof Omineca Express, Caledonia Courier


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