RCMP Report: Feb. 27 - Mar. 5

Cpl. Nathan Dame, Detachment Commander

Gabriola Island RCMP

Tuesday, March 7 2017

Total investigations responded to by the Gabriola RCMP: 18

• Drone Investigation update. I want to clarify that the Gabriola Rod, Gun and Conservation Club is not involved or responsible in the incident reported in last week’s Sounder

The GPS coordinates provided to me by Air Canada placed the drone over top of the Gun Range.

A recreational user with a drone that weighs less than 35 kg doesn’t need any permits or certificates, but still has to abide by the safety regulations which include flying only in daylight and good visibility, under 90m (300 ft), and not within 9km of any airport or landing area.  They also may not do anything that interferes with the operation of manned aircraft or puts the safety of anyone at risk. Criminal code laws will also come into play if used in appropriately. This can include voyeurism, assaults and good old tom foolery.

Feb. 27 • A lost boat was reported and was later recovered adrift by the Nanaimo Harbour patrol. It appears nothing suspicious occurred and that the boat just had a mind of its own.

• Between February 27th to March 3rd the Gabriola RCMP responded to 8 mental health related calls at different hours of the night and day. This included 2 visits to the Nanaimo hospital and 2 visits to our local medical clinic. Mental health and social services are involved. A big thank you to them for all their help as they make a large difference in the Gabriola community.

March 1 Two red cedar Adirondack chairs and a steel tree of life were taken from a residence on Seymour Rd. If you see anything matching these descriptions please give the RCMP a call.

• Gabriola RCMP responded to an abandoned 911 call from a cell phone. The cell phone was located and the owner stated that Siri (iPhone voice assistance) had called 911. The RCMP suggested that the owner have a discussion with their iPhone on its behavioural issues.

• A report of harassment was received. Reported for information only.

March 2 • A report of suspicious vehicle at the Sandwell provincial parking lot. The owner of the vehicle was spoken with and had spent the night in his vehicle. The owner soon left the area after being spoken too.