Police Patrol: Powell River crime report

Powell River RCMP reported the following for June 24 to July 1, 2020.

Total calls for service: 102
Thefts: 10
Assaults: 3
Impaired driving: 5
Mischief: 1
Break and enter: 3

June 24; Scotch Fir Point Road, 12000 block
A three-month drug trafficking investigation came to a conclusion on June 24 with the execution of a search warrant.  With assistance from the Island District General Investigation Section, Powell River RCMP searched a residence in the 12000 block of Scotch Fir Point Road, which resulted in the seizure of a BMW, cash, a firearm and what is believed to be fentanyl, crystal meth and cocaine. A 24-year-old male and female, both associated with the residence, were arrested and face numerous charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking and firearms offences. The male subject has been placed on conditions prohibiting him from being in Powell River. While communities focus on stopping the spread of COVID-19, some may not be aware that overdoses continue to occur at an alarming rate. The success of this investigation has taken two drug dealers off the street and is a warning to others that the RCMP has numerous resources at its disposal to make Powell River a safer place.

July 1; Powell River
Over the past few weeks police have received several reports of residents getting phone calls about their social insurance number (SIN) being compromised. If the victim of the call follows through with the prompts they will be connected with a person who claims to be a police officer, advises their SIN has been compromised and requests their name and SIN. Police cannot stress enough that these are all scams. Law enforcement does not ask for SIN numbers in the normal course of their duties and certainly not over the phone. If you are suspicious, hang up and call the detachment. If you have provided any information to the caller, advise credit reporting agencies such as TransUnion and Equifax, as well as your bank. To keep on top of all the current scams, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca. And, just as a reminder, the Canada Revenue Agency/Government of Canada do not accept gift cards as a form of payment. If a caller is asking for payment by gift cards it is a scam.

July 1; Powell River
Over the past few weeks it has been reported and observed that ATVs and dirt bikes have been operating on public highways and roads, often in a reckless manner. Police are reminding residents that this is illegal and can result in large fines and seizure of the off-road vehicle. It can also end in tragedy should they collide with a car or a truck. As many of these operators appear to be school-aged, the detachment is asking parents to help prevent this by having conversations with these riders.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Powell River RCMP at 604.485.6255, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or online at bccrimestoppers.com.

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