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Posted: August 26, 2019

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, August 19 through August 25, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 71 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files to which our officers responded.

Truck stolen from Radium found in Canal Flats

On Monday, August 19, a stolen Ford F250 was recovered at the Canal Flats Elementary School. The truck had been reported stolen from Radium Hot Springs on August 11. Police continue to investigate.

Pair observed going through unlocked vehicles at beach

On Tuesday, August 20, at 1 p.m., a male and female were observed going through unlocked vehicles in the parking lot of Kinsmen Beach. The male was described as being in his 30s with a black goatee, black hat and hoodie. The female was described as being approximately 30 years old with long red hair and pulling a fabric wagon. Police made extensive patrols but were unable to locate the suspects. No thefts from vehicles were reported during this time frame.

Impaired driver removed from road

On Friday, August 23, at 1:30 a.m., an officer stopped a Ford van in Radium Hot Springs after receiving reports the driver had been causing a disturbance at a local business. The officer noted a strong odour of liquor on the driver’s breath. The driver complied with a breath demand and blew two “fails.” As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Arrested for being intoxicated in a public place

On Saturday, August 24, at 2:15 a.m., police received a report of a male sleeping on the ground in front of a property on 7th Avenue in Invermere. When an officer made attempts to assess the male, the individual was only able to raise his middle finger for the officer. The adult male was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and held in cells until he was sober.

Business front vandalized

On Sunday, August 25, vandalism was reported to a business on 7th Avenue in Invermere. A window in the front door of the business had been broken. No entry was gained to the business. Police attended and are attempting to obtain video footage.

Check stop yields impaired drivers and warnings

On Sunday, August 25, at about 10:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services conducted an impaired driving check stop at Athalmer Road and Lakeview Drive in Invermere. Officers checked approximately 75 vehicles during a two-hour time frame. Officers issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition, a three-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and gave several warnings for vehicle deficiencies.

Credit Union robbery still under investigation

Columbia Valley RCMP continue to investigate a robbery that occurred at the Kootenay Savings Credit Union in Radium Hot Springs on August 1. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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