RCMP made several arrests for breaching court orders, mischeif and theft the week of Nov. 20-27. (Metro Vancouver Transit Police handout)

Woman caught stealing from parked cars, tent city disturbances

Police briefs from Nov. 20-27

Woman stealing from parked cars

RCMP were called on Nov. 23 to Prince Rupert’s downtown where there were reports of a woman entering unlocked parked cars. The suspect was located and found with three items that had been reported stolen. The items were returned to their owners and she was arrested for the possession of stolen items and given a court date.

Disturbances at tent city

Last week, RCMP were called five times about disturbances at tent city outside of Prince Rupert City Hall. On Thursday evening, Nov. 23, a resident of tent city was arrested for causing a disturbance while intoxicated. They were released with no charges.

READ MORE: TENT CITY MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO GROW IN WEEK TWO

Man found with cocaine

Police located a suspicious vehicle at Rushbrook docks on Nov. 20. Police found cocaine inside the vehicle. The male was arrested and released on possession of a controlled substance charges with a court date.

Breaking court orders

RCMP were called to a home in the 700 block of Fulton Street on Nov. 22, where a man was kicking at the door of the residence. He is well known to police, Corporal Devon Gerrits said. He was found running down the street and attempted to assault a police officer during his arrest. The male is currently in custody on numerous accounts, including breaching his conditional sentence order (CSO) and assaulting a police officer. Typically, said Gerrits, breaching a CSO results in going back to jail to finish the remainder of the sentence. The case is currently before the courts.

On Nov. 23, there were reports of a female crying for help from a residence in the 800 block on Lotbiniere Street. When police attended the home, they found a male who was breaching several conditions of a recognizance order that he received two days prior. He had been released from court under the condition that he does not visit that residence or have any communication with the female. The male was arrested on Nov. 23 and is in custody while waiting for a new court date.

A vehicle was stopped at 6th Avenue West and Fulton Street on Nov. 24. The driver didn’t have a driver’s licence and police discovered that he had an unendorsed warrant for theft under $5,000 from Terrace. He was arrested for the warrant and held in custody until he was released after a bail hearing. He was also issued a ticket for driving without a licence.

READ MORE: TWO MEN FALL OFF CLIFF, MULTIPLE PEDESTRIAN-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

Impaired driving

On Nov. 24 and 25, two vehicles were pulled over and both drivers had the odour of liquor on their breath. In each incident, the driver failed the roadside alcohol test, received a 90-day probation and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

“It’s definitely not worth the risk,” said Gerrits. “Take a cab, catch a ride with a friend. Prince Rupert is relatively small. These impaired investigations are going to be costing the driver who is caught thousands of dollars. In December we’re going to be doing a campaign targeting impaired drivers. We’re going to be upping the presence and the patrols for that.”



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