The quietest week for calls to Creston RCMP in the last year was probably the result of the cold weather.
“That’s all I can think of,” Staff Sgt. Bob Gollan said on Monday.
The week wasn’t without its frustrations, though, with 10 of the calls being routed through cellphone towers, originating from cellphones with no service contracts. It means they are untraceable, but still eat up police time as they attempt to determine whether each call is associated to a legitimate emergency.
Creston RCMP responded to 49 calls for service from Feb. 24-March 2.
•A complaint about a disgruntled customer at a Northwest Boulevard business was resolved before police arrived.
•A Kootenay River Road resident reported receiving a phone call from someone who might have a court order not to make contact.
•Police assisted Salmo RCMP in the investigation of a robbery by setting up a checkstop on Highway 3 near Summit Creek Bridge.
•Tools were reported stolen from a property near Yahk.
•A 911 call from Sunset Boulevard was apparently the result of a misdial.
•A well-being check on a Canyon-Lister Road male indicated he was OK.
•A three-year-old child was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries after a vehicle went off the road on 12th Street.
•A police officer, with the help of a Good Samaritan, dragged a dead elk off the highway near Goat River Bridge.
•The front and rear licence plates were stolen from a vehicle in a Cook Street parking lot.
•A ring found on Cook Street was traced to the owner thanks to the engraving on the inside of the band.
•Police did not locate a male reported to be staggering on Riverview Road.
•A youth reported to be riding a bicycle on the roof of Pioneer Villa was not located.
“This is a very dangerous thing to do,” Gollan commented.
•A 911 call from East Arrow Creek Road was apparently the result of a pocket dial.
•A female driver who was seen by a patrolling officer to make a dangerous left turn and drive at a very slow speed was reported to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, who will likely order an evaluation of her driving abilities.
•Police attended a 40th Avenue residence to assist in a Calgary Police Service investigation.
•A youth left his visit to the police station in a vehicle with his parents, with whom he had a no-contact order. When police arrested him on the violation they also found him to be in possession of stolen property. He was subsequently charged with theft under $5,000.
•A 19th Avenue South resident reported threats being made on Facebook.
•A Canyon Street resident reported receiving harassing text messages about an unpaid phone bill from a relative.
•A brown and tan wallet was reported lost somewhere in Creston.
•A Northwest Boulevard business customer made threats, possibly in jest, to an employee.
•A car stereo was stolen on Collis Road.
•A complaint about noise in a house on 22nd Avenue North was attributed to the wind.
•When police located a person responsible for banging on doors and windows at a Fifth Avenue South residence he said he was attempting to check on the well-being of the resident, who called police instead of answering the door.
•Unwanted text messages were received at a Seventh Avenue North residence.
•The theft of used tires at a local tire shop was reported.
•A suspicious person reported to be hanging around Seventh Avenue North was gone when police arrived.
•Police received two complaints about a dark pickup truck heading eastbound and driving erratically on Highway 3. The vehicle was not located but police notified Cranbrook RCMP to be on the lookout.
•A television, laptop computer and cigarettes were stolen during a break and entry to a Nick’s Island Road business.
•Suspicious vehicles coming and going at a Seventh Avenue North residence were reported.
•No injuries were reported following a single vehicle accident on Highway 3 in Erickson.