Story by Troy Landreville
COURTENAY, B.C. – The sharp eyes of a citizen helped Comox Valley RCMP recover a stolen truck last weekend.
On Friday, Sept. 28, the truck was reported stolen overnight from the 1800-block of Piercy Avenue.
The next day, on Saturday, Sept. 29, it was recovered on Choquette Place in Courtenay, thanks to a call from the public reporting suspicious activity.
At the time of the recovery, there were two people in the truck.
Cory Schofield, a 30-year old Victoria man, has been charged with possession of stolen property, obstructing a police officer, and resisting arrest.
The truck recovery was part of a busy week for local Mounties.
Quick Change Scam
On Sept. 25, the Comox Valley RCMP received a report of fraud at a business on 2400-block of Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay.
A suspect came into the business, made a small purchase, paid with a large bill, and then confused the cashier into giving him more money than he was entitled to.
RCMP is urging local businesses to be aware that this is happening locally and to report incidents to police right away.
Graffiti in Comox
On Sept. 26, the owner of a business on the 2000-block of Comox Avenue discovered graffiti on the back of his building.
The graffiti appeared to be a signature.
Residents are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in the area.
Door Kicked Off the Hinges
Also last week, the Comox Valley RCMP received a call about a man who had kicked the door off the hinges at a business located in the 500-block of Ryan Road.
Police attended and arrested a 25-year old man for mischief. The suspect was released with an upcoming court date.
Last Saturday, the Comox Valley RCMP established a check-stop at 5th Street and Anderton Avenue.
During that time, two impaired drivers were located.
One of the drivers was prohibited from driving and was released with an upcoming court date for both prohibited driving and impaired driving.
The second driver was served with a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.