RCMP Report: Police report thefts of kayaks and Town property

A pair of kayaks were stolen from a man's backyard south of Golden.

Disturbance at Bar

During the early morning hours of August 3, police were called to a local bar for a report of a disturbance. Staff reported that two males were arguing over a female, and that the argument was escalating.

Police arrived and were able to separate the two males, with one explaining he was simply trying to get the female out of an uncomfortable situation when other bar patrons stepped in believing he was starting a fight.

Vandalism in Park

On August 3, Golden-Field RCMP and the Parks Canada Warden responded to the Kicking Horse Campground in Yoho National Park after it was reported that someone had smashed the window out of the pay booth. After entering the booth it was noted that nothing was taken or disturbed.Witnesses who were camping at the park stated they heard glass breaking around 2 a.m. however no further information could be obtained.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident contact them at 250-344-2221 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Collision with Wildlife

Police were called to a collision involving a deer on Highway 95 near Mitchell Road on August 3. None of the occupants of the vehicle were injured however the vehicle sustained extensive damage and had to be towed.

Public Urination

Police received a report of a male urinating in public at the Ten Mile Brake Check on Highway 1 on August 4. The caller reported that a male was seen urinating on the door of the outhouse. Patrols were made for the vehicle; however it was not located by police.

Animals in Vehicles

Police would like to caution people about taking action on their own after responding to a report of a dog locked inside a vehicle downtown and finding the complainant opening the vehicle door.

“The complainant was simply trying to do what she thought was the right thing however the weather and circumstances on that particular day did not put the animal at risk,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury. “We would ask that if you come across an animal that you believe is in danger in a vehicle you call police immediately and wait for officers to arrive or for instructions from police dispatchers.”

Collision with Parked Car

Police responded to a collision on 10th Avenue South on August 4 after a vehicle allegedly collided with a parked vehicle while changing lanes.

Nobody was injured in the collision, and both vehicles sustained minor damage. The driver of the vehicle was issued a violation ticket for changing lanes unsafely.

Home Vandalism

On August 5, police were called to a residence near 5th Avenue South after the owner returned home to find that someone had egged her vehicle and wrote profanities on the siding near the door.

Neighbourhood enquiries were completed by police with one neighbour reporting that she had seen two younger females with their faces covered near the residence the previous night.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident contact them or Crimestoppers.

Assault on Highway

Police are continuing to investigate after receiving a report of an assault that occurred on August 4 between two drivers on the Trans-Canada Highway.

“One of the drivers reported that he had confronted another driver about their driving when he was then assaulted by the driver and had his camera smashed,” said Cst. Lainchbury. Police are still looking to speak with all the parties involved to determine whether charges will be pursued in the matter.

Stolen Kayaks

On August 5, a local male attended the detachment to report that he had two of his kayaks stolen from his backyard in Parson. The kayaks are described as a Yellow ‘Ocean’ brand and a Grey ‘Hobie’ tandem with peddles. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Vehicle Struck Barricade

Two people from Invermere were treated for minor injuries after a collision on Highway 1 near Rogers Pass on August 5. Police and BC Ambulance were dispatched to the collision in which it was reported that a vehicle had struck a barricade.

Witnesses stated that the eastbound vehicle had lost control crossing the center and struck a barricade. Both occupants of the vehicle were transported to the Golden Hospital for assessment and were later released.

Slashed Tires

Police were called to a business on 9th Street North on August 6 after staff reported that the tires on two pickups and one trailer had been slashed overnight.

“The tires appear to have been cut using a small blade,” said Cst. Lainchbury, who also noted that one of the vehicles was keyed. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact local police or Crimestoppers.

Vehicle in the Ditch

On August 7, police responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Golden Donald Upper Road. A single vehicle had gone off the road overnight. Arrangements were made to have the vehicle removed from the ditch by the owner. No injuries were reported by either occupant of the vehicle.

Town Property Stolen

Police are investigating after a report was received that parts of the electrical system at one of the Town’s water lift stations had been stolen.

Police were advised on August 7 that Town staff noticed that wires had been snipped and parts removed. An electrician was required to repair and replace the components with an estimated damage cost of $1500.00. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Drunk Driver Parked on Overpass

A 64 year-old male from Alberta spent the night in police custody on August 7 after police received a 911 call from a passerby on the Golden Upper Donald – Highway 1 overpass. Police attended and located a vehicle with extensive damage parked in the middle of the overpass and a heavily intoxicated male, believed to be the driver, sitting with one of the complainants.

Police were unable to identify the male as the driver and given his level of intoxication, were not able to leave the male unattended. The vehicle was towed and attempts were made to match the damage to the vehicle with reported collisions in the province however nothing was found by police.

Parson Break&Enter

Police are again asking anyone with information regarding a break in that occurred at a residence in Parson last winter contact them or Crimestoppers.

“Several items including antiques with extreme sentimental value were stolen in the break in,” said Cst. Lainchbury. A reward leading to the arrest of those responsible may be offered by the owner and/or Crimestoppers.

Egging Vehicles

The Golden-Field RCMP were called on August 8 for another report of vehicles being egged, this time on Quartz Crescent.

“We believe that the parties responsible for this may also be responsible for a similar incident reported earlier in the week,” said Cst. Lainchbury. Police are currently looking to speak to suspects in the incidents but are asking anyone with information regarding these events contact them or Crimestoppers.

Resident Attacks Vehicle

Police received a report of mischief on August 8 after a male alleged that he pulled into a driveway on Highway 1 west of Golden to turn around only to have someone from the residence come out and start hitting his rental vehicle. As a result of the hits small dents to the vehicle were reported. Police are continuing to investigate the matter to determine whether charges will be pursued.

Hiker Needed Medical Assistance

Police were called to activate Golden and District Search & Rescue (GADSAR) on August 8 after a call was received that a 53 year-old female who was hiking in the area required medical attention. The female was transported by helicopter to Golden Hospital for treatment.

Hit and Run

The Golden-Field RCMP are investigating a report of a hit and run on August 8. The complainant advised that he watched a vehicle travelling near 12th Street North and the Highway 1 Frontage Road hit another vehicle and then drive off. Police are looking to follow up with the parties involved to obtain further information.

Traffic Services

Police with the Golden RCMP Traffic Services Unit impounded two vehicles on B.C. Day after it’s alleged that the drivers were speeding excessively by the weigh scales in Donald.

Both drivers were from Alberta, with one being issued a Violation Ticket for travelling at 163km/h in a 100km/h zone and the other issued a ticket for driving 153km/h, at the same location. The two vehicles were then impounded for 7 days under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Traffic members also seized a small amount of marijuana after stopping a vehicle for speeding near the Donald weigh scales on August 3. The driver was issued a Violation Ticket for speeding and having his windows tinted. No charges are expected in relation to the marijuana.

Police and BC Ambulance attended a collision on Highway 1 near the snow sheds near Rogers Pass on August 6 after receiving a report of a single vehicle rollover. All three occupants of the vehicle including the 18 year-old driver from Vancouver were assessed for injuries. Police believe that the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road causing the vehicle to go off the road and roll. Speed is also believed to be a contributing factor in the collision.


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