Golden RCMP Report Year in Review

Read some of more newsworthy, or plain bizarre, Golden Field RCMP files from 2016.

  • Dec. 30, 2016 6:00 a.m.

12-pound drug seizure

Two local men, both 26 years old, have been charged for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking after an investigation was forwarded to Crown Counsel by the Golden RCMP Traffic Services unit.  Police allege that on October 14, 2015 a vehicle was speeding through a construction zone on Highway 1 at which time a traffic stop was initiated.

“The investigating officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The occupants were arrested, and the vehicle was searched,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury. Police say that the search resulted in just under 12 pounds, of what is believed to be marijuana, being seized.  The two appeared in court, in Golden, earlier this week.

Male bit friend

A 21 year-old male from Manitoba spent the night in police custody on January 26 after the RCMP was called to a disturbance at a local hotel. Once on scene police determined that two friends, who were staying together at the hotel, had got in to a fight, and it was alleged that one had bit the other. The male was arrested for the assault and held in custody to prevent further calls. A small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia was seized by police. Police will not be recommending any charges as the victim did not wish for the matter to be pursued.

Trespassing on tracks

Police were called on the afternoon of February 19 after a male was seen climbing on and photographing train cars that were parked downtown.

“Although we understand that trains can be quite fascinating, we want to remind local enthusiasts that the tracks and yard can be extremely dangerous, and that all the rail yards and lines in Golden are private property,” said Cst. Lainchbury. Police were also called on February 25 after two unknown males were seen walking on the tracks.

Cyber Bullying

The Golden-Field RCMP are currently investigating an incident involving a male sending nude photographs to a female youth, which was reported to them on March 9.

“We were advised that a male, who we are currently trying to identify, had been sending nude pictures of himself to a 15 year-old through a game on Facebook,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “The male was then asking for nude photos of the girl in return.”

Police would like to remind parents to speak with their children regarding online activities, and immediately report anything suspicious or inappropriate to police. More information regarding internet safety or the online sexual exploitation of children can be found at

Animal Neglect

Local police assisted SPCA officers execute a search warrant on two separate residences west of Golden on the afternoon of March 15. Officers attended and allege that they found that the animals at the first house did not have adequate food and water, and were taken in to the care of the SPCA. One dog was taken from the second residence after officers alleged that the dog was not being cared for. A warning was also issued to the pet owner at the second residence to ensure that proper living conditions were made for the other animals.

Tire Slashings

On April 2, 2016 the Golden-Field RCMP responded to a complaint regarding tires being slashed at a residence in the Mountain Shadows Trailer Court on Reflection Lake Road in Golden. Police responded and determined that multiple vehicles had been targeted in the park with over 21 tires being slashed. “This is obviously a great concern for us given the impact that it has on the entire community up there,” said Cst. Lainchbury.


A 36 year-old male from Surrey is facing charges for assault causing bodily harm and dangerous driving after police were called to a fight at a local truck stop on April 6.

“The initial call indicated that two truck drivers had got in to a fight and one had driven off,” says Cst. Lainchbury. Police were able to locate both drivers and it was alleged that an altercation occurred resulting in the victim being punched in the face and the accused then driving away while the victim, a 50 year- old from Abbotsford, was on the truck. The victim was transported by BC Ambulance to the Golden & District Hospital where he was treated for injuries consistent with the alleged assault.

Woman kicked out of family car

On April 11 just after 2 a.m. the Golden-Field RCMP received a report that a 34 year-old female had been kicked out of her family’s vehicle for drinking alcohol during the drive.  The female was then stranded on the highway approximately 20 km’s east of Golden.  Police attended and drove the female back to Golden where lodging arrangements were made for the night.

Siphoned gas

On May 7, the Golden-Field RCMP were advised that a business located on the Trans-Canada Frontage Road had once again been victim of theft of fuel from vehicles parked on the lot.

“We have reviewed the surveillance footage to try and determine who may be responsible,” says Cst. Lainchbury. Police are looking to identify three males, who appeared to be driving an older model Ford Taurus sedan.

Shooting guns in public area

Police responded to a report of a group of campers shooting guns at a public campsite near Donald on May 7. “Other users of the campsite were concerned that the guns were being used in a populated area where other campers were staying,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “The group, who was co-operative with police, was given a warning regarding the use of firearms in populated areas, and agreed to keep the firearms stored for the remainder of their stay.”

Youth falls in river

Just after 7 p.m. on July 22, five officers with the Golden-Field RCMP responded to a report that an 11 year-old boy from Calgary had fallen in to the Yoho River at the Takakkaw Falls near Field. Police aided Parks Canada along with Golden & District Search and Rescue, and EHS with the search. RCMP Victim Services was also on site to provide support for the family during this tragic incident. The victim’s body was recovered later in the week.

Bicycle Thefts

Police are investigating a number of recent bicycle thefts that have been plaguing the community over the past several weeks. The most recent occurring on July 28 when a bicycle was stolen from outside a church on 11th Avenue South. Another bicycle was also stolen on July 26 from outside the BC Ambulance Station on 8th Avenue South. “We are currently looking at a number of preventative measures to try and curb these thefts, however the number one thing that we stress right now is to make sure that bikes and other valuables are always locked up.”

Cash stolen from Reddi-Mart

The Golden-Field RCMP are looking to identify a male believed to be involved in a theft from the Reddi-Mart on September 3. Police advise that a male entered the store during business hours and while staff were busy, entered the office taking approximately $4,000 in cash.

Pedestrian Assault

The Golden-Field RCMP are continuing to investigate after a male reported being assaulted while walking in an alley behind 10th Avenue South on September 7. A male and female have been arrested as a result, but police are still looking to speak with one other suspect. Police have advised that the incident appears to be targeted, and that the victim knew the alleged attackers.

Customer throwing chairs

On September 7, police were called to a local restaurant after staff reported that one of their regular customers became agitated and started throwing chairs. Police responded and located the male, who was intoxicated, outside. The male was arrested for causing a disturbance and transported back to cells. No charges are expected in relation to the incident.