Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

(Up to January 26, 2008)

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter. As you are aware, the Blotter was on a bit of a hiatus for the past couple of months. The break was necessary, but now I’m back and ready to go.

Lots of news to catch up on, so lets get started.

Do you remember that stupid promotion exam I kept writing and not doing very well at? It was in a multiple guess exam format, and as fate would have it, I guessed right. As a result, I have been promoted to the rank of Sargent, and will be moving to Dawson Creek. I will be in working on Highway Patrol and will begin around the middle of March.

So what about Tumbler? Who’s going to run the show here? Im glad you asked, cause I just happen to have a little bit of information for you. On February 7, 2008 the RCMP will be conducting a national search to locate a suitable candidate. Tumbler Ridge will now be a classified as a Sargent detachment – no more corporals because they are just too cheeky. It could take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to have the new person in place. Until such time, I will be helping out as I can.

The move to Dawson Creek meant that I needed to purchase a home, After the purchase, I was driving around town, mouth open, and looking at all of the tall buildings. In fact I was looking for a particular law office when I rear-ended a car. So there I was roadside and slowly the driver gets out of the car. Do you know how sometimes you just get sooo stressed that life seems to get funny? Well, I could NOT believe it . . the guy I hit was a DWARF! He storms over to my car, looks up at me and says, ?I AM NOT HAPPY!? So, I look down at him and say, ?Well, which one are you then? Sneezy? Sleepy? Bashful??… and THAT?S when the fight started …? Oi Vey, Why me? Why, why, me?

OK, OK lets really get to work and see whats been shaking.

We have three very lucky people in town. In fact all three narrowly missed head-on collisions on three separate occasions. Each vehicle was traveling on Highway 52 N when they met an oncoming vehicle. Because of the ice and snow, everyone was staying near the center of the road. All three had their side rearview mirrors knocked off by the passing vehicles. Although there were no injuries in the mishaps, there was a lot of laundry to do. Just remember, slow and easy wins the day.

Who needs $5,000? The following items were stolen and the owner will pay the reward to get them back. Stolen was an 800 Summit Skidoo, model year 2002, black in color with serial number 2BP2197372B00040. Also stolen was a 2007 Lincoln Arc welder. It is red and black and has serial number U107042307. These items were stolen from the Peace River Coal mine site on the Core Lodge Road at Roman Mountain. If anyone has information, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or Tumbler Ridge RCMP Detachment at 250-242-5252.

Some people get no respect. The RCMP received a call from the local bylaw officer who reported that two magnetic ?Bylaw Officer? signs were stolen from the side of the bylaw vehicle. The vehicle was in the rear parking lot of town hall when the theft took place.

A complaint was received of a burned out vehicle on Highway 52 N approximately 35 kilometers north of town. The owner of the vehicle states that he had a flat tire when returning to town, and left his car roadside. When he returned in the morning, his 2006 Chevrolet Malibu vehicle was burnt out. The matter is still under investigation.

OK, this next one is unbelievable! Pacific Northern Gas (PNG) called to report that a a resident on Peace River Crescent had been stealing natural gas from the gas line. In fact, the theft had been ongoing for some time. When the gas was first cut off, the resident broke of the locks on the meter and turned on the gas again. PNG returned and removed the meter. This time the resident used a garden hose to bypass the meter and connected the gas again. The investigation into this is ongoing.

Now that the Blotter is back, there are some significant issues that you need to be aware of. I will address these issues, one by one, in future editions. Thanks again for your support.

We?ll talk again next week the Good Lord willing.

Keep it between the ditches.

Cpl. Kurt Peats