POLICE REPORT: Joke about bank robbery goes wrong, and other files

A selection of police files for the week of January 6 to 12.

Police files for January 6 to January 12:

January 6

RCMP were called to a complaint of a possibly impaired driver at 4:25 a.m. The caller reported seeing a male, wearing a grey toque and black jacket, exit an older style while four-door vehicle near the Ford dealership, vomit, then return to the vehicle. The male then allegedly nearly collided with the complainant. Last known direction of travel was towards the Kitimat Modernization Project site, but police patrols were unable to find a matching vehicle.

A misidentified beverage container led police to respond to a possible impaired driver when a man was seen opening a can that the complainant said was beer. The incident took place at the drive through for A&W. When police arrived they found the driver actually drinking a President’s Choice brand orange pop, the design police say could be mistaken for a beer product. There were no other indications there may have been alcohol in the vehicle.

Police stopped a white van on Highway 37S after a report the driver may have been intoxicated after witnesses say they saw the van crossing the yellow line. The driver on pull-over said she was driving cautiously due to a high volume of traffic on the highway that was passing her. Police found no evidence of intoxication during the stop.

January 7

A hold-up alarm went off at a business at City Centre Mall. RCMP members were met at the door by an employee of the business who said she set the alarm off on accident. Police looked through the store and found no cause for distress and the alarm was deemed false.

A caller reported that a person was passed out on the landing of the Albatross Apartments. Police found the man asleep, snoring, but smelling strongly of liquor. The male was woken up and gave addresses for person who could care for him but there were no answers at those homes. Police then lodged in him the police cells for being intoxicated. An officer returned later with new clothes and allowed the person to shower before he was released without charges once sober.

January 8

At approximately 2:30 a.m. police followed up on an abandoned 9-1-1 call from the Kitimat Hotel. Police, with a hotel employee, checked on all the guests in the hotel and found no cause for a 9-1-1 call.

At 10:23 a.m. the police attended to a call where a couple was allegedly wrestling and punching each other over a cell phone in front of their two children. Police observed injuries on both parties. Ministry of Children and Families will reportedly follow up with both parties. The police determined an aggressor in the fight and that person was released from custody with a promise to appear at a future court date.

January 10

An accidental 9-1-1 call had police tracking down a cell phone owned by a person at the Kitimat Modernization Project’s camp. Call was deemed false.

A complainant reported that 10 sheets of pressure-treated plywood and a red King Canada 7000 watt generator with a black roll cage was stolen from a work site on Wozney Street. In all over $1,000 worth a material is said to have been taken. There are no suspects at this time but police believe the thief used a truck and had an accomplice. Police are still investigating.

A patron at Envision Financial was worried about a text received while in line. The text read “The bank is going to be robbed,” and a follow-up text described something she was wearing at the time. She showed a bank representative the text before leaving to work. The sender’s number was displayed however the name wasn’t recognized in the phone. Police and the receiver of the texts realized a short time later that it was from an old friend who was also at the bank and saw her. The friend said later he didn’t intend for the text to be interpreted the way it was and thought the person would see him. Police warned the person that he could be arrested for public mischief for his actions. An arrangement was made with the credit union for the person to apologize to all the staff and to the person who received the text, which was carried out. Everyone satisfied with the conclusion.

January 11

Police issued an immediate roadside prohibition for a driver who was driving erratically at the Modernization work camp. Security personnel stopped the individual and arrested him when he was reportedly confrontational. An alcohol screening device used by arriving RCMP members ‘failed’ the driver two. In addition to the 90-day driving prohibition the vehicle is impounded for 30 days.

Police escorted a woman out of the Kitimat hospital’s emergency room after she was allegedly swearing and yelling at the staff. The woman, police say, was unhappy with the medical attention her adult son had received.

A caller reported a suspicious person asking for donations for the local Army Cadets program. The cadets had recently conducted a bottle drive and no official fundraising was happening this day. The person was described as mid-teens, short black hair, wearing a brown shirt and brown pants, and carried a black clipboard. An army cadet captain told police that any activities by the group would have a cadet wearing a full uniform. Patrols could not locate the suspect.

January 12

At around 2:30 a.m. police issued a liquor act violation ticket to the Kitimat Hotel for serving a minor after a caller reported the individual was being served in the bar. The minor told police he had snuck in with older friends. Police say they drove the person home where his mother was waiting for him.

Anyone with information about these files or any other crime is asked to call the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111, or call Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477. If your information to Crime Stoppers leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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