POLICE REPORT: Youths breaking in to Nechako Centre

A summary of the most recent Kitimat RCMP criminal files.

March 18

A male “turned himself in” at the RCMP detachment. The man was heavily intoxicated and upset, wanting to be “locked up” so officers arrested him for public intoxication and released him in the morning when he was sober and could care for himself again.

Police are investigating a hit and run in the parking lot to the BC Employment building. A witness to the incident reported it to the office’s secretary and more information on the subject vehicle was left on the car owner’s windshield.

A car key was reported stolen from a gas station on south Lahakas Boulevard. Complainant said he left his key at the station counter to authorize the fuel pump but when he returned the key was gone and the employee could not explain what had happened to it. Possible a customer took the key by mistake. Police are still investigating.

March 19

A call came in of two men fighting near the bus exchange at City Centre Mall. A short time later one of the suspects called the police to report the incident as well. The individual was upset with police as the person reportedly had trouble with the same person in the past which RCMP had attended to. Although the person demanded police action, police report that he could not provide a consistent version of events that led to the fight. A witness had seen the two had seen the pair fighting each other earlier. Police could not obtain enough evidence to pursue charges relating to the fight. The male later explained the fight was consensual.

An officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle seen spinning its tires while leaving a stop sign on north Lahakas Boulevard. The officer saw the person move items while parked behind the vehicle. Noting the driver was speaking slowly and deliberately, she asked the driver to move a jacket in the back seat, which revealed a leaking, open case of beer. Driver admitted consuming alcohol and failed a roadside screening device.

March 20

Eight youths were reportedly breaking in to the abandoned portion of Nechako Centre. Officers at the scene notied that plywood used to board up a doorway was pried open. Officers did not venture far into the building as it was too unsafe but did not immediately see anyone inside. Later that day around 2:14 p.m. another complaint was called in of three teenagers going in to the building. The teens were found hiding on the first floor. All were spoken to about the potential for being charged with mischief and entering the building. The property owner was already called regarding securing the building.

Police were unable to track down a suspicious person reported at the corner of Haisla Boulevard and Tsimshian Boulevard. A caller reported the person wearing all-black and wearing a skull-design face mask. The same person has been observed before by another RCMP member.

March 21

A black Dell laptop was reported stolen from a vehicle in the lower City Centre Mall parking lot. A person matching the description of the suspect was later seen near the Dairy Queen. After being asked to empty his backpack police say found the stolen laptop. The individual was arrested and will be appearing in court.

Police attended to a fight near the First Line bust depot. An officer arriving witnessed a man and woman in a fight. A member arrested the man but a witness said that the fight may have been initiated by the woman and the woman herself was not cooperative. The man was released and police are still investigating.

March 22

Police are unsure who through a 2×4 through a window at Kildala Elementary. Hole it made was not large enough for a person to enter. Damage estimated at $300.

There was property damage to the Presbyterian Church estimated to cost $100, possibly done between 11:30 pm March 22 and 7:30 a.m. on March 23. Police have no suspects at this time.

If you have information about these or any other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award.