Fundraising phone calls from legion a scam

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  • Dec. 26, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Creston RCMP are warning area residents not to respond to a telephone solicitor asking for funds in the name of the Royal Canadian Legion.

“It was a legion member who reported it to us,” Staff Sgt. Bob Gollan said on Monday. “He knew that the Royal Canadian Legion does not do phone soliciting.”

Any who receives a similar call is asked not to provide any information at all to the caller. The call should then be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or Phone Busters.


Police Beat

Gollan said his detachment responded to 53 calls from Dec. 12-18.

December 12

•An Ibbitson Street resident reported getting a call about a death in the family. The call proved to be false and was made from a blocked number, so it could not be traced.

•A vehicle parked on Highway 3A near Twin Bays was endangering traffic and was towed.

•Police received two complaints about cellphones being lost or stolen at a house party.

•Police were called to a Murdoch Street residence, where family members were in a dispute over an estate.

December 13

•A church on Seventh Avenue North was broken into by thieves who pried open a window, causing $700 in damages. Police believe thieves were looking for cash and the investigation continues.

•A warning letter has been sent to the owner of a vehicle after another driver reported it was driving on the wrong side of 26th Avenue North.

•A male who reported that some items were missing after his household goods were shipped from Kelowna to Creston was advised to contact the moving company.

•A 2005 Chrysler was damaged in a hit and run in a 12th Avenue parking lot. The culprit appears to have been driving a white vehicle, judging by the paint it left behind.

December 14

•Patrols were unable to locate a pickup truck in the Samuelson Road area after a driver was reported to be intoxicated.

•A driver failed to stop at a T-intersection on Mehrer Road, sliding through the intersection on an icy surface and into the ditch. The vehicle was damaged and two males sustained minor injuries.

•When police eventually contacted a cell phone owner who dialed 911 from Lower Wynndel Road, the caller reported that the number was dialed accidentally.

•Three Canadian passports were found on the U.S. side of the Rykerts border crossing and turned into Canadian customs officials. The passports had already been reported as being lost so they were returned to Ottawa.

December 15

•Four youths were in a vehicle that went out of control in icy conditions on Crawford Creek Road. The vehicle rolled over and two of the occupants required hospital treatment. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

•Police are investigating a complaint from a female that a pickup truck ran a stop sign on Lower Wynndel Road, nearly causing a collision.

•About 75 pounds of wild game meat was stolen from a Ninth Avenue South outdoor freezer. The meat cuts were vacuum-sealed and labelled with a black marker.

•Police were unable to locate a male reported to be intoxicated, wearing a mask and stumbling along Mallory Road.

December 16

•Police are searching for the culprit who cut through a fence on Mallory Road, the drove a vehicle around the golf course, causing more than $5,000 in damage.

•Police are investigating a domestic incident on 15th Avenue South in which a male left the residence before they arrived.

•A loud party on 20th Avenue South grew louder after the owner was warned. It was shut down and the incident was referred to the town bylaw department.

•An “extremely intoxicated” 16-year-old was arrested when he was found stumbling into traffic on 16th Avenue. He was arrested and held in cells overnight, then turned over to his mother.

•A suspected arson is being investigated after a fire was set under a 2005 Mazda parked in the 1000 block of Canyon Street.

December 17

•Phone service is being blamed for the dialing of several 911 calls from a Speers Road residence.

•A driver who blew a warning level in an alcohol screening device test at the Kingsgate border crossing was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition.

•Persuasive people in the 1400 block of Canyon Street talked an intoxicated male out of his plan to get into his vehicle and drive home.

December 18

•A complaint about a noisy vehicle on 10th Avenue South has been referred to the town bylaw department.

•A patrol officer discovered a vehicle on Highway 21 was being operated by an unregistered driver, who earned a ticket for his efforts. The vehicle was towed.