Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter and what a week its been here in the Ridge. Before we get to the news, I want to alert you of a scam that is occurring in the Peace. I received this letter from a concerned citizen and thought that I should pass it along to you.

****Scam Alert****

READ CAREFULLY!

I don?t know how many of you shop at Costco, but this is how I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. This happened to me and it could happen to you!!

Here?s how the scam works:

Two seriously good-looking 23-year-old well-built cowboy-type guys come over to your car as you are packing your shopping in the trunk. They both are shirtless and start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex with their highly-defined chest muscles and rock-hard abs exposed. It?s impossible not to look. When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say ?No? and instead ask you for a ride to another store in town.

You agree and they get in the back seat. On the way, they start reciting poetry and offer you a box of chocolates, and a bouquet of flowers. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and begins kissing your neck and begs you to pull over so he can make love to you!! While this is going on the other guy steals your purse!!

I had my purse stolen last Tuesday, Wednesday, twice on Thursday, again on Saturday, and also yesterday and most likely tomorrow…

I don?t make this stuff up, honest. OK, OK let?s get to work and see what happened last week.

Snow. Lots of snow causing lots of problems. We?ve had about a million traffic complaints regarding vehicles spinning out on the roads and subsequently becoming a traffic hazzard. The vehicles range from cars to loaded semis. All of the vehicles spun out on hills and when an oncoming vehicle crests the hill, they encounter an obstacle course. In fact we now call it ?car curling.? Most vehicles spin off the road via an in-turn with some via an out-turn. So here?s the drill…when it snows, please give the road crews time to clear the roads. They need at least a day. They also need lots of room. Please don?t pass them while they are plowing. They will pull over for you at the next pull-out, however it might be a while. That?s why if you give them a day to get their work done, you won?t encounter such situations. If at all possible, please postpone you trip for a day. If we all play in the sandbox nicely together, life will be good.

We have seen a sharp increase in the number of intoxicated people walking down the street. I don?t mean people who had been drinking, but people who are staggering and having a difficult time making their way home. An officer on patrol encountered such an individual. He gave the fellow a ride home and as the guy went to open the door of his house before turning around, walking back to the street and urinating. The officer then arrested the guy and placed him in cells for the night.

Speaking of various states of intoxication and the subsequent poor decisions that this causes, let?s talk about the three individuals who decided to drive while drunk. Two were charged with impaired driving, and one was charged with refusal to provide a breath sample. All of them had their licenses suspended for 90 days. Their vehicles were towed on their own dime, and a court appearance will be in their near future.

What happens if you?ve been charged with impaired driving, have your license suspended, and the decide to try and drive again? Ask the person who was caught trying this manoeuver. Their vehicle was impounded for 30 days, they received an additional charge of driving while prohibited and now will have to pay hefty tow, fine and lawyer charges .

Another report of a loaded logging truck involved in an accident was received. The truck was traveling on Highway 29 near Bullmoose Flats and was driving too close to the shoulder of the road. The right front wheel dropped off the edge of the pavement and the truck was pulled into the ditch by the deep snow. The truck rolled onto its right side, spreading logs in the ditch for about a hundred meters or so. The driver has some minor abrasions from the seatbelt, but otherwise in good health.

The RCMP received a report of a stolen pickup. A grey 2006 Dodge pickup bearing British Columbia License Plate 2862 JL was taken from a local work camp. The suspect appears to be a former employee who was recently let go. The truck is possibly headed to Quesnel. As with most work trucks, the pickup has a tidy tank in the back. The company wants charges and is willing to go to court. If anyone see the pickup, please call the Tumbler Ridge RCMP Detachment at (250)242-5252.

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

Keep it between the ditches.

Cpl. Kurt Peats