Photo of the Kitimat RCMP detachment. (Christian Apostolovski/Black Press Media)

RCMP probe marine thefts

Kitimat RCMP report for May 20 to May 26

Thefts from boats occupied Kitimat RCMP officers for the week of May 20 to May 26, based on the incident log released from the Kitimat RCMP detachment.

On May 20, 2022 the Kitimat RCMP received a report of a boat motor that had been stolen off a boat last week while it was in the Sue Channel.

The boat motor is described as a 50 HP valued at $7,665.

If anyone has any information about the theft or has information on the whereabouts of the boat motor, please contact Kitimat RCMP or if you wish to remain anonymous, CrimeStoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Theft of fishing gear

On May 21, 2022 Kitimat RCMP received a report of a theft of fishing gear in Emsley Cove. The complainant explained that their prawn set up was stolen a week ago, and now two steel crab traps were taken between May 19-20, 2022.

The crab traps do have a name, phone number as well as the boat name, “Free Spirits”, engraved on them.

If anyone has information on the theft or the whereabouts of the fishing gear, please contact Kitimat RCMP or if you wish to remain anonymous, CrimeStoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Commercial alarm

On May 21, 2022 at approximately 2 p.m. Kitimat RCMP were dispatched to a commercial alarm at BMO.

Police attended, confirmed the perimeter to be secure with no disturbance noted.

Deemed to be false by attendance.

90-day Immediate Roadside

Prohibition

On May 21, 2022 at approximately 3:50 p.m., a Kitimat RCMP officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle exit the Nechako Centre and appear to be speeding, then swerve over into the cyclist lane, swerving back.

A traffic stop was conducted, the driver was unable to produce a valid driver’s licence. Police read the mandatory demand for a breath sample, the driver acknowledged that they understood the demand and began to gather their belongings from the vehicle in preparation to leave.

The driver refused to provide a breath sample, the driver was advised that a “refusal” carried the same penalty as a “fail result”. Despite being provided several opportunities they continued to refuse.

The driver was advised that they were prohibited from driving for 90 days, the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

3-day Immediate Roadside

Prohibition

On May 21, at 9 p.m., a Kitimat RCMP officer was on patrol near the Dyke Rd when they observed a vehicle leave the roadway when exiting the dyke area.

A traffic stop was conducted, police noted a strong odour of liquor emanating from the vehicle, the driver was asked to exit the vehicle and a roadside investigation for impaired operation of a conveyance commenced.

The driver provided a suitable breath sample, resulting in a “warn”. The driver was prohibited from driving for three days and the vehicle was impounded for three days.

90-day Immediate Roadside

Prohibition

On May 21, 2022 at 11:45 p.m., Kitimat RCMP officers were conducting a road block when a vehicle approached the road block, failed to stop for the first officer, almost hitting them and continued until another officer was able to get the vehicle to stop. The driver was observed with an open can of beer in the front console and was exhibiting signs of impairment.

An impaired operation investigation commenced and police were able to determine through roadside screening that the driver was impaired. The driver was prohibited from driving for 90 days and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

90-day Immediate Roadside

Prohibition

On May 23, 2022 at 3:28 a.m., a Kitimat RCMP officer on patrol observed a grey vehicle following another vehicle too closely on Hwy 37, swerve back and forth. A traffic stop was conducted, police noted a strong odour of liquor emanating from the driver as they spoke.

Police conducted a roadside impaired investigation, resulting in the driver being prohibited from driving for 90 days and the vehicle impounded for 30 days.