COURTENAY, B.C- The Comox Valley RCMP have had a busy November.
According to a news release from the detachment, officers have been dealing with a wide variety of offences over the last month. A supplied list of incidents followed below.
Impaired Driving and Prohibited Weapon Possession
On November 1st, a police officer on patrol pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation. The police officer found that the driver had consumed alcohol before driving, was breaching his undertaking and was in possession of a prohibited weapon. A 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition was served, the vehicle was impounded for 30 days, and criminal charges are expected to follow. The 26-year old man from the Comox Valley was released from police custody with an upcoming court date.
On November 14th, the Comox Valley RCMP received a report of an attempted fraud which occurred online. The victim clicked on an advertisement for a loan and was asked to pay some fees before continuing with her application. The whole thing appeared legitimate; however, the victim was diligent and took this information to the bank who advised her that it was a scam. This is a reminder to be careful online. Do not give out personal information until you have verified who is receiving it. If it seems too good to be true – it is.
On November 10th, a member of the Comox Valley RCMP Municipal Traffic Section was conducting patrols in Comox when he spotted a vehicle which appeared to be travelling well over the posted speed limit on Anderton Road. The officer confirmed the vehicle was travelling 115km/hr in a 60km/hr speed zone. The driver was issued a violation ticket and the vehicle was impounded for 7 days. (2018-16029)
Break and Enter
On November 20th the Comox Valley RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter to a business on the 400-block of Fitzgerald Avenue in Courtenay. Sometime between 8:00 p.m. on November 19 th and 8:30 a.m. on November 20 th the suspect(s) threw a rock through the front door and entered the business. The Integrated Forensic Identification Section is assisting as the investigation continues. (2018-16482)
Mischief to Trees in Cumberland
Overnight on November 23rd / 24th, someone driving a vehicle ran over a row of freshly planted trees on Sutton Road in Cumberland. The Comox Valley RCMP would like any witnesses to call with information. (2018-16686)
Attempted Mail Theft
In November, the Comox Valley RCMP received a few reports of mail theft and attempted mail theft. In one incident, a mail carrier noticed that someone attempted to gain entry to a group of mail boxes in Courtenay and called police to make the report. It is especially important at this time of year to ensure mail is collected daily. (2018-16446, 2018-16469)
Thefts from Vehicles
Thefts from vehicles are on the rise in the Comox Valley. The items stolen include; wallets, tools, shoes, spare change, jacket, iPod, and more. These reports are coming in from all over the Comox Valley but can be largely prevented. The Comox Valley RCMP would like to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables. Often, victims who have their wallets or identification stolen also become victims of fraud after the criminals go on a holiday shopping spree. Additionally, report all suspicious activity to the police immediately.
Abandoned 911 Calls
This is a busy time of year for everyone, especially our 911 dispatchers who received over 70 abandoned 911 calls in November. These calls unnecessarily tie up dispatchers and can cause delays in emergency response. Please ensure that children are informed about the proper use of 911, and lock you cell phones to avoid pocket dials. If you do accidentally call 911 please stay off the line so that our dispatchers can connect with you to make sure you are safe.