Over the long weekend Powell River RCMPolice responded to six break and enters.

On April 5, 2007 between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Police were called to 2 break and enters, one on Fernwood Avenue and another on Harvie Avenue.

On April 6, 2007 at 11:00 p.m. Police responded to a break and enter on Waterfront Road.

On April 7, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. Police were called to a break and enter on Armstrong Court. A suspicious male had been observed in the area. He is described as caucasian, thin, 5'10", with dark hair and possibly a moustache. At 10:00 p.m. Police responded to another break and enter on Westview Avenue.

On April 10, 2007 at 06:00 a.m. Police were called to a commercial break and enter in the Garden Centre at Walmart, 7100 Alberni Street. A caucasian male, mid 40's, 5'11", stocky build, wearing a dark jacket and possibly dark grey jogging pants was observed inside the fenced area attempting to take bags of soil. When confronted by the witness, the suspect fled over the fence.

Powell River RCMPolice also received numerous reports of vandalism around town.

On April 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. large cement planters were reported to be damaged on Abbotsford Street.

On April 7, 2007 at 12:50 a.m. youth were observed damaging yard ornaments on Oak Street. The unoccupied Knights of Columbus Hall at 5700 Marine Avenue has been entered numerous times and appears to be the target of vandals who are damaging the building, breaking in, drinking ans smoking. Police are conducting extra patrols at this location.

On April 8, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. a large window at Brooks Senior Campus, 5400 Marine Avenue, was discovered damaged. At 1:00 p.m. Police responded to a report of youth smashing windows out of an abandoned vehicle on the hydro access road near the Powell River General Hospital.

Powell River RCMPolice are requesting assistance from the public and encourage residents to report any suspicious persons or activities in their neighbourhoods. Please contact Powell River RCMP at 604-485-6255 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also provide anonymous and secure tips online at www. bccrimestoppers.com

2007-1641 - On April 8, 2007 at 2:20 a.m. Powell River RCMPolice responded to a disturbance on River Road. Police were originally dispatched to shots fired at this location. Police arrived to locate a group of young males carrying sticks, baseball bat and a steel pipe. The youths had reportedly been smashing windows in the area. A large amount of damage was done in the area including the band office. Two adult males and 3 young males were arrested and later released to appear in Provincial Court on June 21, 2007 for Mischief charges. The subjects were released with conditions to have no contact with each other.

Cst. Kerri Chard
Powell River RCMP

Since November 2005 to April 2007, the Powell River RCMPolice have been actively applying proactive targeted drug enforcement strategies in an effort to reduce the impact of drugs on individuals and the community of Powell River.

The Powell River RCMP have witnessed a significant decrease in illicit drug activity within the community of Powell River. The positive results are due to a proactive drug enforcement strategies and the continued support of the community members.

The increased proactive drug enforcement over the past year and a half has resulted in the following:

the seizure of approximately $3.5 million dollars of cocaine and marijuana (removed from the streets).
the seizure of approximately $45,000.00 dollars in cash.
the seizure of twelve (12) vehicles, as offence related property.
the seizure of twelve (12) illegal firearms.
the recovery of $40,000.00 dollars of stolen property.
the arrest of 177 individuals for drug related offences.
the prosecution of 100 individuals for drug possession and drug trafficking offences.

The Powell River RCMP would like to remind the public that drugs are still affecting the lives of our youth, adults and families within the communities of Sliammon and Powell River. The Powell River RCMP continue to look for support and involvement by community members in addressing the issues related to illicit drug use and trafficking within their respective communities. The public's assistance is greatly needed to assist in the continued effort to create safer homes and neighborhoods.

If you have a problem with drugs in your neighborhood, the Powell River RCMP would request that you obtain the Suspected Drug House Guide which is provided to the public. These guides can be received from the Powell River RCMP Detachment and at the Community Policing Office, located in the Town Centre Mall. You can also call Crime Stoppers, anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 to report drug activity within your community.

Prepared by: Approved by:
Cst. T. GOULD Cpl. D. BLANCH (NCO/ic GIS/Municipal Drug Section)
Municipal Drug Section Cpl. R. WEBB (OPS NCO Powell River Detachment)
RCMPolice Powell River Sgt. C. MUIR (NCO/ic Powell River Detachment)

Robbery in Cranberry

A 33 year old Powell River resident was assaulted and his jacket stolen in the 6600 block of Cranberry Street at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2007. He and his girlfriend and her mother were accosted by five adolescent males, two caucasian and three first nations, who came out of DA Evans Park. The youths asked for beer and cigarettes. They were refused and the five males followed them, shouting rude and offensive remarks.

The boys continued to shout abusively at the foot of the driveway. They were asked to leave but refused. The man went out to them to try to convince them to leave but one of the principal instigators, a 17-18 year old first nations male, wearing a black hoody, punched at him and the two got into a scuffle. The caucasian instigator came from behind and started punching the victim. The victim's girlfriend tried to pulled him away but she was punched and thrown to the ground. It appears that all five youths then swarmed the victim and he went down and was kicked and punched in the head. While both he and his girlfriend were down, the boys pulled off his jacket and the group ran north on Cranberry Street and west on Dieppe.

The stolen jacket is a brand new, fake leather zippered jacket, faded brown in colour. There is a crest on the left arm and a small crest over the right breast. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Powell River RCMP at 604-485-6255 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Cst. Kerri Chard
Powell River RCMP

2007-2801K - On April 18, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Powell River RCMP were called to a disturbance at the Saltery Bay Motel, 15026 Highway 101. Police received information of a break and enter in progress where the male suspect had a large butcher knife and had quickly left the scene with a female in his vehicle. Police located the male and the female. The 44 year old male was arrested for Break and Enter and Possession of a weapon. The male appeared in court on April 19 and was released on conditions. As the investigation continues, the male has also been charged with Sexual Assault against the female.

2007-2850 - On April 21, 2007 at 2:28 a.m. Powell River RCMP and Malaspina Fire and Rescue responded to a single motor vehicle accident on Highway 101 near McLean Road. A 24 year old male resident of Powell River, driving a 1985 Ford pickup truck, crossed the centerline, entered the ditch and struck a utility pole. The male driver sustained a large cut on his forehead and was taken to Powell River General Hospital by paramedics. The driver has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act and received a driving prohibition as alcohol was a factor in the crash.

2007-2929K - Early Friday morning, April 27, 2007 at 2:00 a.m. Powell River RCMPolice responded to a 911 call in the 4900 block of Highway 101 near Sliammon. Upon arrival police located an adult male who had a minor stab wound in his chest. The intoxicated male refused medical attention and was arrested for breaching conditions of not to consume alcohol. An intoxicated adult female was also arrested at the scene for assault with a weapon and breaching conditions of not to consume alcohol. Both subjects are known to police and were initially uncooperative with the investigation. The female alleges the male assaulted her and she stabbed him in self-defense. The RCMP Forensic Identification Section from Vancouver Island attended to examine the scene for evidence. This incident is currently under investigation. The female has been released from custody while the male remains in custody to appear in court on May 2, 2007.

Cst. Kerri Chard
Powell River RCMPolice