Harbour Heritage Centre broken into

Ladysmith RCMP news Feb. 9 to Feb. 25, provided by Ladysmith RCMP

• On Feb. 9 at 9:26 p.m., the Ladysmith RCMP were notified by the parent of a female teen who was missing and possibly going to harm herself. The female daughter was at Tim Hortons with the parent but ran away. With the help of one of the daughter’s friends, police patrolled Ladysmith throughout the evening and eventually located the daughter unharmed and safe.

• On Feb. 13 at 12:37 p.m., a Ladysmith resident reported that his Yamaha three-horsepower outboard motor was stolen from the 10800 block of Olsen Road in Ladysmith. The grey motor was last seen on Dec. 26.

• On Feb. 14 at 8:10 a.m., the Ladysmith RCMP were called to assist the fire department with a vehicle on fire on Cameron Road. The vehicle was not able to be saved from being demolished. No one was around the vehicle at this time. The vehicle belonged to Ladysmith residents who had the vehicle parked in the 300 block of High Street. This investigation is ongoing.

• On Feb. 20 at 10:17 a.m., police received a report that person(s) unknown overnight had broken into the Harbour Heritage Centre at 610 Oyster Bay Drive. A broken window indicated how access was gained into the building. Paint and possibly other items were stolen.

• On Feb. 24 at 9:37 a.m., a Ladysmith citizen reported finding a blue mountain bike and assorted copper and metal pieces left in the bushes along the train tracks near Transfer Beach. The bike’s serial number was checked and traced to the same item reported stolen in 2014 in Ladysmith. The owner was later reunited with his bicycle.

• On Feb. 25 at 3:15 p.m., the Ladysmith RCMP were called to the 400 block of Parkhill Terrace where a red, four-door Volkswagon was seen driving away with a possible impaired male driver. Patrols were made without success. At 5 p.m., while driving home, an off-duty police officer from the Island District Traffic Department was almost hit by the suspect vehicle near High Street and Third Avenue. The plain-clothed officer stopped the vehicle with a male driver and female passenger. Open liquor bottles were seen inside, and the vehicle keys were taken away.

A 32-year-old Ladysmith male resident refused to provide a breath sample, resulting in a 90-day driving prohibition and the vehicle being impounded.

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The Ladysmith RCMP are involved in a positive ticketing program, which is aimed at rewarding the youths in Ladysmith who are making good decisions and generally showing positive behaviour in the community.

The RCMP wish to thank Dairy Queen, In the Beantime Café, Ricky’s, Tim Hortons, A&W, Carlos, McDonald’s and the Frank Jamison Community Centre for their support of this program.