Collecting donations without identification
Nine false alarms, 15 motor vehicle collisions and 28 traffic-related complaints were among the 123 calls for service Trinity Conception RCMP took during the week of Sept. 21-27.
The following is a sample of investigations, which highlights the nature of some calls received and identifies incidents the public can possibly help with by providing information.
• RCMP are investigating several complaints of a young female collecting funds door to door in the Shearstown area. The female was collecting on behalf of a charity (unnamed at this time), and it is believed to be false. The female is described as in her early 20s with brownish hair. She was believed to be in a 2003 Cavalier.
• The RCMP have received several complaints in the past week regarding two individuals collecting donations. The matter is under investigation. Anyone collecting on behalf of any charity should have proper ID and receipt books. If you are suspicious, report same and do not give the donation. Contact the charity directly and mail in your donation or deliver it yourself.
• RCMP received a second complaint on the female selling tickets for charity at a local business in Bay Roberts. The matter is under investigation.
• Police arrested a 57-year-old Holyrood man for impaired driving. The incident occurred in Marysvale. The male was arrested after a traffic stop and taken for a breathalyzer. A 90-day provincial suspension will be given along with criminal charges. A court date is set for Nov. 20.
• RCMP responded to an alarm call at Marshall’s Fish Market in South River. Members arrived quickly and discovered a break and enter into the store. The incident was captured by store surveillance and is under investigation. The RCMP have seized a vehicle believed to be involved in the offence and there are suspects in the matter.
• RCMP received a complaint of a stolen van from the Marysvale area. The RNC recovered the vehicle in St. John’s, and a suspect has been identified with charges pending. The accused is also believed to be connected with the previous break and enter.
• RCMP executed a warrant for drugs on two homes in the South River area. Two males were arrested and charged. A 49-year-old Colliers man was charged with possession of drugs and held for a bail hearing. He was later released by the court and is due back on Oct. 17. A second 52-year-old male from South River was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of drugs. He is also due in court Oct. 17. A quantity of marijuana, percocet and morphine pills were seized.
• RCMP received a complaint of a two-vehicle motor vehicle collision. Members attended and issued a 16year old driver a ticket for operating a vehicle without a valid licence.
• RCMP received a traffic complaint of a 25-year old Spaniard’s Bay female operating a vehicle without a licence. The female was stopped operating the vehicle and was issued tickets for no valid drivers licence, no insurance, and no valid registration.
• RCMP arrested a 22-year-old male from Shearstown after a traffic stop on Country Road in Bay Roberts. The male was stopped for speeding and alcohol was noted on the driver’s breath. He failed the breathalyzer. A 90-day suspension was issued and charges laid. He is due in court Nov. 7.
• RCMP received a complaint of a stolen vehicle from Heart’s Delight. The vehicle was recovered in Victoria a short while later. A 27-year-old man from Heart’s Desire was later arrested at an apartment in Victoria and charged with theft of the vehicle. The accused is due in court Nov. 17.
• RCMP responded to a disturbance call from Pond Side Road in Carbonear. A 43-year-old female and a 32 year-old-male from Carbonear were arrested on the street. Both were known to police and were on several court orders. As a result of the disturbance the female was charged with three breaches of probation and a breach of an undertaking plus assault with a weapon. The male was charged with driving while disqualified; assault causing bodily harm, and two breaches of probation. Both were held for bail hearings. The female was released by the court and is due back on Oct. 3. The male was denied bail and held in custody until that same date.
• RCMP arrested a 30-year-old Shearstown man in that Conception Bay North community after a complaint was received he was breaching his probation. The defendant was intoxicated at the time and was charged with two breaches of probation and harassing phone
calls. Court is set for Nov. 7.
• RCMP are investigating a single vehicle motor vehicle collision in Old Perlican. A 66-year-old female resident of that Trinity South town was not injured in the collision.
• RCMP arrested three individuals, all from Victoria, for theft. The males were 19, 23, and 24 years old. They were observed stealing meats and groceries from Dominion and Price Chopper’s in Bay Roberts and leaving in a vehicle. They were arrested a short time later in the same vehicle in Carbonear. More than $700 worth of groceries were recovered. All the accused were charged with two counts of theft and breaches of probation. All have been given a court date of Dec. 5.
Community Policing events
Trinity Conception RCMP and the Bay Roberts Crime Prevention Committee hosted the Battle of the Brains Sept. 24 at the Spaniard’s Bay Royal Canadian Legion. The Bay Roberts Dental Clinic Men won the competition and received a trophy and certificates for their effort.
If it was not for the community support, the support of the Legion, and the effort of all the Crime Prevention members, this could not have taken place.
If your community or community group is looking for RCMP involvement in your event, you may contact the Trinity Conception offices at Bay Roberts 786-2118 or Harbour Grace 596-5014. You may also contact the Community Policing Officer directly at 589-5635.
Trinity Conception RCMP would like to remind the general public that they are encouraged to report any information regarding suspicious or criminal activity to their local police detachment. You can report your information in person, by phone or you can be anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477. You can go online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.