POLICE BEAT: Good and bad news for taggers

Campbell River RCMP have been stockpiling photographs of taggers’ work

Good news graffiti taggers, your work is capturing a lot of interest.

And now for the bad: You’re number-one collectors are cops.

Campbell River RCMP have been stockpiling photographs of taggers’ work and it’s all sitting in a file, waiting to be used as evidence when the spray-painter is caught.

That’s what happened Jan. 30, around 11 a.m.,  when a plain clothes officer caught a 17-year-old tagging a bus shelter on Maple Street by 16th Avenue.

After the officer arrested the youth, he checked the boy’s backpack and found four cans of spray paint. The young man’s handiwork is similar to graffiti found in other areas of the city and, as a result, the teen is facing multiple charges of mischief.


Robbery suspect sought by police


Police are looking for a man who stole two air fresheners from a gas station and assaulted the female clerk.

The incident occurred Feb. 1, around 6:30 p.m., at the Shell Gas Station in Willow Point, at the corner of the Island Highway and Erickson Road.

The clerk saw the man take the two air fresheners and when he went to the counter to pay for other items, she, “challenged him to pay for the air fresheners,” said RCMP Cpl. Poppy Hallam.

According to police, the man grabbed the woman and tried to pull her over the counter. He then threw an object at her and fled in his vehicle. The Caucasian man is described as 6’1”, 200 pounds with a shaved head. He fled in a black compact SUV, described as a Geo Tracker or Suzuki Sidekick.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


Broken business windows


Police are investigating two incidents of commercial vandalism in the downtown area.

On Feb. 1, at 11:54 p.m., someone threw a rock through the front window of Frenchman Tattoo on Ironwood Street.

The next morning Mounties received another report of a broken window. This one occurred at Campbell River Optometry on 13th Avenue where someone used a large cement block to break the exterior portion of a double pane window.

In both cases the businesses were not entered. Police are seeking the public’s assistance for any information about these incidents.


Lock up before heading out


It’s the middle of winter and it seems like half the city’s residents are either in Mexico or Hawaii, soaking in the sunshine.

Thieves know this too and the tell-tale signs of vacationing homeowners are the stack of newspapers on the porch, an overflowing mailbox, or a darkened house with no signs of life.

Police are reminding the public to take care of these things before they leave on holiday and to have someone check on their residence.

“If you are going away, please see that friends or family check on your house regularly, take in the mail and newspapers, turn on lights, turn on radios or televisions, and change the routine daily,” said RCMP Cpl. Poppy Hallam.

On Jan. 30, someone tried to break into a residence on Oxford Place. Two window screens had been removed and the culprit attempted to pry open the garage door.


Hang onto those purses


Another unsuspecting shopper has been ripped off.

The latest theft occurred Jan. 27. The woman was grocery shopping when someone took her white IPhone 5 from the outside pouch on her purse.

Mounties are going over the store’s surveillance video in an attempt to identify the culprit.

From Jan. 9-22, police investigated at least five incidents of female shoppers having their purses stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP.