Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Hello neighbor, and welcome back to the blotter and what a week its been here in the Ridge. I would like to take a minute, and talk about the cycle of life. From cradle to grave there are certain experiences that we all share. Birth, first steps, school, marriage, remarriage or shacking up, retirement and death(and not necessarily in that order.) Well, the cycle of life is turning and now comes a time to make a sad announcement. The New Guy will be transferring to Surrey British Columbia in the beginning of June. What am I going to do? Who is going to be the fall guy?

For those of you who have been reading the Blotter for a while, the New Guy has been a regular staple. We?ve all lived our lives vicariously through his many trials and tribulations, and now that he will be ?running with the big dogs? I think it?s time that I gave him a little fatherly advice. The problem is, just when I need to give him some advice, my mind goes blank. This is where you come in. We will be having a going away party for Constable Thorne at the beginning of June. During this get-together, in the presence of all, I will be reading him the fatherly advice. If you have any words of wisdom that you would like to pass on, please drop them off at the detachment and I will ensure that they get read at the party. Just remember, Dave is a young man and he blushes easily, so please be gentle.

Okay, okay, let?s get to work and see what?s happened in this fair hamlet. There have been 32 calls for service this past week. Some weird, some strange and some just plain boring. Let?s take a look and see what kept the boys busy.

How many times have we talked about 911? A million, 2 million times? We have spoken about the proper use of 911 on countless occasions, apparently this message is still not getting through. Just last week, we had person call 911 to see where their vehicle had been towed. Just one more reminder, please don?t do that. If you need to contact the police for any administrative type inquiries, please call 242-5252.

A local company has experienced the theft of two radios from its bus that was parked in the Res Can select parking lot. The two-way radios were stolen, on two separate occasions, from the unlocked bus. This creates a safety concern for both the company and all those who ride the bus. The radios are used on the forest service roads to call their location. in addition to this theft, the company has experienced several acts of vandalism at the work site. On one occasion, water was poured into the fuel tank of a loader during the dead of winter, and this caused all of the fuel filters to freeze solid. A significant amount of maintenance was required in order to rectify the situation. The caller also reported that an oil bung was loosened on the same loader and when the operator started the machine to warm it up, a significant amount of oil spewed out before it was caught. If anyone has any information on this theft or are these acts of vandalism. Please call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Or you may call the local Tumbler Ridge, RCMP detachment at 242-5252. You will be eligible for monetary reward if the information you provide leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Sometime during the evening on Friday, May 4 or during the early hours of May 5, 2007, someone smashed out the window out of an off-duty RCMP officer?s personal vehicle. A log was thrown through the right front passenger window and glass was strewn throughout the entire vehicle. If anyone knows, who is responsible for this act, I can assure you that there is a significant amount of money available to you. Please call the RCMP detachment at 242-5252.

Speaking of damage to property, I just received in the mail an accident report from Grande Prairie. It appears that two friends were snowmobiling and each one was trying to out high mark the other. As usual, laughing comes to crying, and that?s exactly what happened here. And what?s really funny is the fact that these were the only two guys on the entire mountain and they wound up running into each other. The accident report claims thousands of dollars in damage to each of the snowmobiles.

We?ll talk again next week, the good Lord willing. Until then, keep it between the ditches.

Corporal Kurt Peats