RCMP Report Oct. 15 - 21

Cpl. Nathan Dame

Detachment Commander, Gabriola RCMP

Tuesday, October 25 2016

• October 14 - the Gabriola RCMP were called by the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) for assistance with a damaged power line that was lying in the intersection of Lockinvar Lane and North Rd. The Gabriola RCMP would like to thank EMCON and GVFD for all their help. They did a excellent job setting up a perimeter and did not hesitate helping keep the public safe. BC Hydro did confirm when they arrived that the line still had power running to it. The RCMP would like to remind everyone to always assume that a downed power line has power to it and to call 911.  The BC Hydro web site suggests the minimum safe distance is 10 metres or 33 feet from the line.

October 15 - the Gabriola RCMP received an alarm report at the local bank. RCMP attended and confirmed it was false. 

• October 17 - RCMP received a complaint of credit card fraud. The complainant signed up for a free online product and provided their credit card information. They were then billed by two different companies for the same amount and started receiving other items in the mail that they did not order. If this happens then you will need to contact your credit card company to stop the charges from going through. 

• An assist Nanaimo RCMP investigation was received to take a male into custody on an arrest warrant. The male was found not be residing in Gabriola.

• October 18 - a Break and enter report was received on Berry Point Rd. The suspects were able to take a pressure washer, generator, gold Asam bicycle, red Norco bicycle, green wheelbarrow and Sthil leaf blower. Still under investigation.

•  October 19 - an abandoned 911 call was received from a residence. It was determined to be young children playing with the phone. 

• October 20 - An assist Nanaimo RCMP investigation to arrest a male for assault. The male was located and released on a court date.

• A “pay my movers” fraud was reported. The complainant received an email from a male interested in buying some art work. The purchaser sent a cheque for $3800.00 for the art work and the shipping company. The complainant went in person and deposited the cheque in his account taking out $2300.00 to pay the shipping company. $1500.00 was left in the account for the art work. The complainant was contacted by the purchaser saying the shipping company messed up and to deposit the $2300.00 into his account. Once this is done the purchaser took the money out and closed the account causing the cheque to bounce. If you receive any requests such as this you can have the bank certify the cheque. This way you will not loose any money if it is a fraud.

• Gabriola Fire Department, BC Ambulance and RCMP responded to a structure fire on Pinewood Cres. The fire was put out by Gabriola Fire and the owner taken to hospital by the ambulance with minor injuries. 

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• October 21 - a report of a domestic assault was received by the RCMP. The suspect was arrested and was provided a court date. Still under investigation.

 If anyone has information please contact the Gabriola RCMP at 250-247-833 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

For any frauds please report them to the Canadian anti fraud Centre (Phone Busters) at 1-888-495-8501. Their web site provides further information on current scams and frauds.