RCMP Report for July 14, 2015

Cpl. Markus M√ľntener

Gabriola RCMP Detachment Commander

Tuesday, July 14 2015

RCMP seeking suspect after brush fire at end of Church Street

On July 9, 2015 at 2pm Gabriola Island RCMP responded to a request for assistance from the Gabriola Fire Department in relation to a brush fire located in the 700 block of Church Street which they were currently battling. Upon police attendance a burned area of brush, grass and trees was located beside a dirt trail leading into the forest off of Church St. Due to the location and nature of the fire it was deemed suspicious by Fire Chief Jackson and police.

Photos courtesy gabriolafire.ca

A witness observed a Caucasian male riding a dark coloured bike, no shirt, short brown hair with a backpack enter the trail area a few minutes prior to the smoke being observed. Police would like to speak with this person of interest to determine what if anything they know about the fire that started there. Gabriola Island RCMP and Gabriola Fire Department would like to remind everyone to be extra vigilant with open flames in the current dry conditions and to actively report any suspicious activity or fires immediately to the proper agency. Anyone with information is asked to call Gabriola Island RCMP or if they wish to remain anonymous they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. 

B&E suspects to appear in court this August

On morning of May 11, 2015 Gabriola Island RCMP were called to the Gabriola “Commons” main building for a report of a break and enter. A large window on the second level of the building was smashed out and the suspect gained entry causing some further damage to part of the inside of the building. As a result of forensic evidence seized by police Seamus Doherty, 29 years of age has been charge with Break and Enter and cause mischief.  Seamus Doherty is scheduled to appear in court on August 18, 2015 at 9 am.

On May 15, 2015 at approximately 630 pm a concerned Gabriola citizen called police to report two suspicious individuals hiding and coming out of a driveway of a seasonal home on Malaspina Drive. Gabriola Island RCMP responded to the call and located the residence in questions. Upon entered the open door police located Seamus Doherty and Hailey Gresham inside, allegedly intoxicated. Police determined that access to the seasonal residence had been gained through a window. Doherty and Gresham were both arrested on sight and are now facing a charge of Break and Enter relating to this incident. Doherty is appearing in court on August 18, 2015 at 9am while Gresham is appearing in court on August 25, 2015 at 9 am. Gabriola Island RCMP would like to thank the citizen who called police regarding the suspicious activity and potentially stopped further criminal events from occurring.

Person drinking liquor on ferry charged

On July 8, 2015 Gabriola Island RCMP received a report of male drinking liquor in his vehicle while on the Gabriola Ferry and there was concern that the driver was intoxicated. Police conducted a road stop with the suspect vehicle after it left the ferry and found the driver to be intoxicated by liquor. After failing two roadside screening devices the driver was issued a 90 day driving suspension and had his vehicle impounded for 30 days. Gabriola Island RCMP will continue to target drinking and driving through road blocks and enforcement.