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Posted: December 7, 2021

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Corporal Louis-Phillipe Gendron-Fafard

This past week, November 29 through December 5, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 80 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

Travel trailer stolen from Sicamous found in the Findlay

On November 30, Columbia Valley officers recovered a stolen 27’ Citation travel trailer at a camp site on the Findlay Forest Service Road near Canal Flats. Also recovered from the site were two large generators, a set of wheels and a concrete saw. The trailer was confirmed stolen out of Sicamous on November 29. Investigation in this matter is on-going.

Stolen F350 from Sicamous recovered in Windermere

Later that evening, Columbia Valley RCMP received a call of a potential stolen white Ford F350 on the Findlay Forest Service Road near Canal Flats. This truck was previously associated to the stolen 27’ Citation travel trailer mentioned above. Police officers later located the white Ford F350 in Windermere. Earlier in the evening, a police officer had observed a person known to police operating the vehicle. The person failed to stop for police and continued southbound on Highway 93/95.

When the vehicle was located in Windermere it was stuck in the mud in a field and the driver fled on foot. With the assistance of the RCMP Police Dog Services from Cranbrook, officers searched the area but did not locate the driver. The vehicle was confirmed stolen out of Sicamous and recovered by police. Other stolen items were recovered from the vehicle. Charges against the driver will be recommended to the BC Prosecution Service.

Arrests made in Fairmont

In the morning of December 1, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report from Golden Highway Patrol of a vehicle that failed to stop for police with an Alberta license plate that was not a match for the vehicle. The vehicle was located in Spillimacheen travelling south on Highway 95. The vehicle was followed to Fairmont Hot Springs where it ultimately came to a stop. With the assistance of police officers from the Cranbrook RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Services, the driver and the passenger were arrested. After medical attention, both were released on various charges by the way of undertaking for a court appearance on February 7, 2022 at the Invermere Provincial Courthouse.

Vehicle stolen from Radium taken by repeat offender

On December 2, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report that someone had stolen a 2010 white Ford F150 with B.C. license Plate: LP 2987. The vehicle was taken from an underground parkade in Radium Hot Springs. Police collected the video surveillance footage and learned that the vehicle was stolen on December 1 at 8:30 p.m. The person in the video has been identified as the same person from the events on November 30 in Canal Flats and Windermere. Charges against the person will be recommended to the BC Prosecution Service. The vehicle is currently still outstanding.

Stolen utility trailer recovered and arrest made

On December 3, a police officer recognized a utility trailer recently stolen from a residence in Invermere. The utility trailer was attached to a pickup truck at a residence near Radium Hot Springs. Police officers waited for the vehicle to leave the residence in order to arrest the person in possession of the stolen item. The vehicle left shortly after and police stopped the driver on Highway 93/95. The driver was arrested for Possession of Property obtained by Crime. The utility trailer was recovered along with the property in the trailer as the driver had no proof of ownership for any of the items in the stolen utility trailer. The driver was later release on an Appearance Notice for a court appearance on January 10, 2022 at the Invermere Provincial Courthouse.

– Corporal Louis-Phillipe Gendron-Fafard is a member of Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment


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