It’s all in good fun as Mayor Charlie Cornfield is “arrested” to help out Campbell River Crime Stoppers with their third Annual Jail and Bail. RCMP Officer In Charge Lyle Gelinas handled the arrest himself

Get out the ‘cuffs, its Jail and Bail time

Admit it, you’ve always wanted to have your boss locked up for a day... for taking the last cup of coffee from the communal kitchen and not making more, or maybe his or her golf game gets in the way of working

Admit it, you’ve always wanted to have your boss locked up for a day… for taking the last cup of coffee from the communal kitchen and not making more, or maybe his or her golf game gets in the way of working.

Your chance for revenge is coming up on Thursday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as Campbell River Crime Stoppers puts on its Third Annual Jail and Bail. This year, the event will be held on the Spirit Square – front and centre for all to see.

“Detainees” will be picked up, frisked and handcuffed by real RCMP officers, in real police cars and taken before our not-so-real judge, who will set their bail amount. We’ll keep them in our “cells” until they have enough money pledged from phoning friends, family members and colleagues.

Once the required bail has been collected, a member of  the Vintage Car Club of Canada will give them a ride back to work in a  Model T, or a Model A, Packard, Lafayette or other classic car from the 1920’s through the 1950’s.

Detainees will be on a strict diet of “bread and water” (coffee and donuts) courtesy of Tim Horton’s, and burgers and hot dogs will be available for all (including the general public) to purchase thanks to the Campbell River Kinsmen Club. All proceeds go to Crime Stoppers.

A number of ‘suspects’ have been pre-selected, and ‘warrants’ have already been issued, but if you want to ‘Turn in your Boss’ – for a $30 bribe, they will have them picked up  and taken before the Crime Stoppers judge for sentencing.

Call Jim at the “Turn In Your Boss Hotline” at 250-287-0914 to arrange pickup.

Bail amounts average $100 to $200, with a few “Prime Suspects” going $1000 or more. Quality Foods’ Cyriel DeBruyne has a two year total of over $2,500 – making him the undisputed King of the Cell Block! Last years event generated just over $16,000 in pledges.

Campbell River Crime Stoppers is a civilian non-profit charitable organization that brings together a relationship between the RCMP, the media and the community in the fight against crime.

Crime Stoppers provides citizens with the ability to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or potential crime of which they have knowledge.

Since its inception in 1990, Campbell River Crime Stoppers’ Tips have resulted in over 410 Arrests, and more than 780 cases cleared, with over $250,000 in stolen property and $8,660,000 in drugs recovered.

More than $62,000 in Awards have been paid out.

The annual Jail and Bail provides much of the funding needed to operate the program, with the balance coming from generous area businesses in the form of Corporate Memberships. Donations from the public are welcome, and can be made online via PayPal at: CampbellRiverCrimeStoppers.com.

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