The Creston RCMP detachment is located on 16th Avenue South.

The Creston RCMP detachment is located on 16th Avenue South.

Creston RCMP arrest male suspect in Kootenay Lake break-ins

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  • Jun. 26, 2013 4:00 p.m.

A male suspect in many break and entries into mostly seasonal residences along Kootenay Lake is in custody, thanks to some quick-thinking victims.

The man, described only as a Calgary resident, was recently released from jail and made a quick return to his old stomping grounds, where he had been responsible for a rash of property crimes three years ago, Cpl. Charlotte Joa said on Monday.

Creston RCMP received four reports of break and entering on Fishhawk Bay Road near Gray Creek on June 18, before getting another call from men whose Zodiac was stolen from a boat dock. They saw it out on the lake and gave chase in another boat. They brought the boat, and the suspect, back to shore and held him until police arrived to make an arrest.

He was being held in custody until a hearing could be arranged.


Police Beat

Creston RCMP responded to 65 calls from June 17-23, Joa said.

June 17

•Police helped ICBC with an insurance claim investigation.

•A fifth-wheel trailer hitch valued at $800 was stolen overnight from a residence on Highway 21 South.

•The owner of a vehicle reported to be speeding in a school zone on 9th Avenue North can expect to get a warning.

•Anyone with information about a 2012 Toyota Tundra that was keyed while parked in front of the hospital on June 14 is asked to contact police at 250-428-9313.

June 18

•In Riondel, a Campbell Avenue resident asked police to pick up a .22 calibre rifle to destroy.

•No damage was caused by a reported hit and run in a Cook Street parking lot, but police were called anyway.

•A male and a female youth are believed to be responsible for damage to signs and scattering garbage in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. The registered owner of the vehicle they left in has been informed of their activities.

•A Chevrolet Tracker went off Highway 3 into a ditch, coming to rest on its roof. No injuries resulted. Damage is estimated at more than $1,000.

•Police were called to Rykerts border crossing to assist with the apprehension of a person in possession of firearms.

•A vehicle leaking fuel on a Kootenay Lake ferry was reported the day after the occurrence.

•A vehicle collided with a deer on Highway 3/95.

•Police are investigating a complaint about a male yelling at a female on Eighth Avenue South.

•An anonymous complaint was received about a female driving without a license on Northwest Boulevard.

•Two females worked out their differences after one reported being struck by a walking cane on Northwest Boulevard.

•A domestic dispute on Rocky Point Road is under investigation.

June 19

•More damage at CVWMA was reported to signs and a picnic table, which were thrown into the marsh.

•A motorcyclist sustained minor injuries when he lost control on a wet, gravelly Highway 3A. Damage to the bike is estimated at about $4,000.

•An adult male was arrested and held in custody, then released with a ticket for being drunk in public after a confrontation involving six males and two police officers at Prince Charles Secondary School in the evening. Police had responded to a report that a large group was drinking behind the school. About half the group left when the police arrived, but the others stayed, with some challenging and threatening the officers.

June 20

•A mudslide was reported at Murphy Creek, about four kilometers from Johnson’s Landing.

•A well-being check on a male on 35th Avenue revealed he was okay.

•The suspect arrested for a number of thefts is believed to have broken into Kootenay Lake Community Church and stolen a laptop before his arrest.

•A driver reported his windshield was shattered when a logging truck wheel kicked up a rock from Highway 3.

•Police worked with Cranbrook RCMP on an abduction case.

•A fire of unknown origin destroyed a travel trailer in the 8400 block of Highway 3/95.

June 21

•Police are investigating a complaint from 36th Avenue North about harassing text messages.

•A vehicle was rear-ended by another on Highway 3A near Kuskanook. No injuries were reported.

•A historical sex assault complaint is being investigated.

•The alleged trafficking of drugs on Connel Road was reported.

June 22

•Police were unable to locate an erratic red pickup driving southbound in the 11000 block of Highway 3A.

•They were also unable to locate the source of noise when an Ash Street resident reported possible shots being fired.

•A male was arrested on Highway 21 South after assaulting a female, who was found to be injured when police arrived on the scene. The man was held in custody pending a hearing.

June 23

•A male on Centre Road was injured in an assault by two males, who were arrested and held in custody until a hearing.

•The windshield of a Lexus was smashed on Packing Shed Road. The owner has identified a suspect, but has no proof.

•A Cook Street female reported getting harassing text messages from her ex-husband.

•A male required a tetanus shot after being bitten by a small dog in the 2200 block of Highway 3.