Computer scam and harassing text messages

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  • Nov. 17, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Are there fewer RCMP officers attending Remembrance Day ceremonies, Staff Sgt. Darryl Hammond was asked recently.

“No,” he said. “We are now mandated (since the 2014 shootings on Parliament Hill) to put a security plan in place for the event.”

That security plan involves five officers who are in the vicinity, but not wearing the traditional red serge uniform, he said.

Creston RCMP responded to 51 calls for service from November 7-13, Hammond said.

November 7

•An Erickson resident received a message that his computer had been compromised and that he should call immediately for repairs. He did so, paying a fee as instructed. Later, he was informed that the payment had not been received.

“Sadly, he didn’t believe he had been scammed,” Hammond said.

•Two loud speeding vehicles were reported to regularly causing a disruption on Beam Road.

•An intoxicated male reported to be pounding on a residence door was located, arrested and held in cells until sober.

•A time delay between a witness seeing a possibly impaired driver on Canyon Street at 16th Avenue and the report being made to the police resulted in a failure to locate the vehicle.

•A Birch Street resident reported a pet dog barking at a possible person in the back yard, but no one was located.

November 8

•Police received a report from Wynndel that a wallet stolen in 2002 had resulted in credit cards being used in 2003. The complainant learned about their use from a credit report.

•A vehicle window was smashed and a door damaged on Highway 3 near Yahk, possibly by an item falling off a semi.

•Police received the first of 14 complaints about strange noises from a person camping in the Kidd Creek area.

November 9

•An alleged assault on Northwest Boulevard was not confirmed by witnesses.

•Police are investigating a sexual assault reported to Cranbrook RCMP.

•Numerous police resources were put to the test after a motorcyclist stopped at the weigh scales at Highway 3/95 and threatened staff before speeding off. Traffic services police located the suspect, which then sped away eastward on Highway 3. A roadblock was set up in the Elk Valley area and the suspect once again attempted to flee. He failed and was taken into custody. The investigation continues.

•A horse was reported to be at large on Highway 21.

•A vehicle collided with a deer in the 1600 block of Highway 3.

November 10

•An erratic northbound driver was reported in the 8000 block of Highway 3A.

•A Canyon-Lister Road resident reported a dog was running loose, and that it possibly killed a neighbour’s ducks and geese.

•A civil dispute over property was reported on Lakeview-Arrow Creek Road.

•Minor damage was reported following a hit and run in a Helen Street parking lot.

•One of the youths reported to be rolling down a hill at Pine Street and 16th Avenue was nearly hit by a vehicle, the complainant said. The youths were gone when police arrived.

November 11

•A Kidd Creek camper reported that $10 million worth of jade rock was stolen from his campsite.

•A family dispute was reported on 16th Avenue North.

•Two males and a female were reportedly involved in a fight on 20th Avenue South but they were not located.

•An intoxicated female in the Lister area was located and taken to a caregiver.

•A child custody issue was reported on Canyon Street.

•A 911 call was made from 22nd Avenue North when a person attempted to sync a smart watch with a smart phone.

•An intoxicated female was reported on Mallory Road.

November 12

•Police responded to a request for patrols to locate speeding vehicles and drug use in the Burns Park area, but had no success in finding the suspects.

•An elderly male dementia sufferer was located and taken home by police.

•An intoxicated female on Highway 21 was arrested and held in police cells until sober.

•A report of a single gunshot came from Highway 3A near Wynndel.

•A Northwest Boulevard resident with an infant complained about the smell of drugs coming into the home.

•Harassing text messages were reported from Lyons Road.

November 13

•A wallet was found on Cedar Street at 16th Avenue South.

•A male under the influence of drugs or alcohol was reported at a Northwest Boulevard business.

•When police stopped an erratic driver—he said his car had brake problems—they seized a small quantity of drugs.

•An intoxicated female on 11th Avenue was taken to hospital for evaluation and then held in police cells until sober.

•In a follow-up to last week’s report of a hotel room invasion and theft with firearms, a second suspect has been arrested. Both were being held in custody pending a court appearance this week.

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