RCMP Report: Keep bikes locked up after increase in thefts

Police are investigating a number of recent bicycle thefts that have been plaguing the community over the past several weeks.

  • Aug. 2, 2016 1:00 p.m.

Busy Weekend with Increased Traffic

The Golden-Field RCMP were busy this week due to a large increase in traffic for the August Long Weekend, with a total of 37 traffic related files being dispatched.

“These files were made up of everything from erratic driving and road rage complaints, to collisions, and impaired drivers, and accounted for almost half of all calls for police assistance,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury, spokesperson for the Golden-Field RCMP, adding that “the average is usually around 38%.”

Recent Bike 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,” said Cst. Lainchbury.

Anyone with information regarding this theft or any other incident is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Disturbance on Greyhound

The Golden-Field RCMP were called to a disturbance on the Greyhound bus during the early morning hours of July 27.

“The initial call received indicated that a male in his 20s was trying to fight other passengers,” says Cst. Lainchbury. Police attended and determined that the male had taken off on foot and officers were not able to locate him.

While there, officers spoke with another passenger and determined that he had a knife on him, contrary to court ordered conditions not to be in possession of weapons.

The male, a 17 year-old from Langley was arrested and later released with a requirement to attend court in Golden to answer to the new charge.

Break and Enter at Business

Police are looking for information regarding a break and enter to a business on 10th Street North that occurred sometime during the evening of July 26 and 27. Several items including tools and a bicycle were stolen from inside the business.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Highway 95 Collision

The Golden-Field RCMP and traffic services unit responded to a collision on Highway 95 near Parson on July 28.

“A male driver and female passenger were travelling northbound when the vehicle lost control, going down an embankment and into a small pond,” says Cst. Lainchbury.

The male was treated on scene for minor injuries, while the female was transported to hospital by ambulance. Traffic on Highway 95 was reduced to one lane for approximately one hour to allow emergency services to remove the female from the vehicle.

Man with Warrants in Custody

A 28 year-old male, who is known to police, is currently in custody after officers noticed him walking on 14th Street North during the early morning hours of July 30.

“The male was known to have warrants, and we just happened to drive by him as he was walking down the street,” said Cst. Lainchbury.

The male is currently awaiting court to answer to the original charges which stem out of Surrey.

Male in Custody after Tip

Another male is also in police custody on outstanding warrants after the Golden-Field RCMP received a call from the Lake Louise RCMP that the male was possibly travelling to Golden on the bus. Officers attended and located the male, confirming that he had warrants out of Vancouver. The male was arrested and is awaiting transport to Vancouver to answer to the charges.

Drunk Driver Causes Accident

A 39 year-old male from Calgary, who has ties to Golden, is facing Impaired Driving charges after the Golden-Field RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on the Kicking Horse Drive on July 31. Police allege that the male was intoxicated at the time of the crash, which sent the female passenger to hospital with minor injuries. The male is scheduled to appear in court on October 12.

Traffic Services

Officers with the Traffic Services unit in Golden seized four vehicles this week for Excessive Speeding. Police allege that the vehicles were travelling 49, 61, 65 and 74 km’s over the posted speed limit on Highway 1. Along with a 7 day vehicle impoundment driver’s also received fines ranging from $368 to $483.

Police with traffic services also seized approximately 15 grams of marijuana on July 30 after a vehicle was stopped for speeding on Highway 1. The driver, a 56 year-old from Langley received a speeding ticket. No charges are expected in relation to the drugs.

A semi-driver was taken out of service for 10 hours on July 28 after police allege the male fail to obey a stop sign and then run a yellow light on Highway 1 in Golden. “While speaking with the driver the traffic services officer noted that he had exceeding his maximum driving hours according to his log books,” said Cst. Lainchbury. The driver was required to stay in Golden for 10 hours, and received a violation ticket for the stop sign and yellow light offences.

 

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