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POLICE BEAT: Campbell River
In the last week there have been multiple reports of boats being broken into at various locations throughout the area, most notably the Fresh Water Marina and Government Wharf.
Items stolen range from rods and reels, downriggers, to fishing tackle.
Owners are reminded to keep valuable fishing gear out of sight, locked up or removed from the boat once the day of fishing is done.
Drunk driver shears off power pole
A local man is likely facing several charges after being involved in an accident and then found drunk.
The incident occurred Sunday, around 2 a.m., when RCMP were advised of a “large flash of light” and then a power outage in the Homewood Road area.
When officers arrived they found a power pole had been sheared off by a pickup truck.
That’s when a nearby resident called police to inform them that a man was grossly intoxicated and lying on porch.
The impaired man turned out to be the registered owner of the pickup truck and, when approached by officers, he was unco-operative and became violent.
The man was arrested and also found in possession of a controlled substance.
The man’s name was not released and charges are pending.
Missing kids report proves false
Police received a report of two girls, ages two and five, who went missing from a local daycare on May 15.
Mounties were told the two children had somehow walked away.
As a result, more than 10 police officers went looking for the girls along with volunteers from Campbell River Search and Rescue.
However, all’s well that ends well. It was soon discovered that that the mother of the two girls had not dropped off the kids at the daycare.
Both children were safe and sound with their mother at Walmart.
Quiet long weekend
The May long weekend proved to be a relatively uneventful for police.
That may have been due to the rain as many campers cut their weekend short when the weather turned.
Extra officers were on duty throughout the weekend. There were enhanced patrols as well as check-stops. Conservation Officers also made patrols at local lakes and campgrounds.
Over the past week, RCMP responded to 304 calls. On Saturday, police dealt with two impaired drivers and issued a 24-hour prohibition.