Ladysmith Police Briefs — Crime nearly a real shocker

Information provided by Ladysmith RCMP

  • Aug. 2, 2011 2:00 p.m.

To date, 2,318 incidents have been reported to the detachment (2,478 for the same period in 2010).


Tuesday, July 19


A call was received from Fortis BC. Sometime overnight someone had cut and taken all of the ground wires and  at the Fortis Hydro substation near Timberlands. The culprit(s) did not realize the potential harm/risk of being electrocuted.

Someone entered a carport in the early morning hours in the 1100 block of Stillin Drive and stole a bike. The bike is a Blade Aggressor, white, with BMX slight tensile steel frame.

B.C. licence plates were stolen from a vehicle while it was parked in the 600 block of First Avenue.


Wednesday, July 20

A vehicle that was parked in the 10000 block of Victoria Road was the target of mischief and had been scratched by an unknown person. The unknown suspect carved derogatory words and a heart into the paint on the hood. A “dollar sign” and derogatory words were carved on the gas cap and on both sides of his vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215.



Thursday, July 21

At approximately 8 a.m., an officer was travelling south   on the Trans-Canada Highway and was approaching Oyster Sto-Lo Road. The officer observed a brown vehicle on Oyster Sto-Lo making an illegal left turn at a red light onto the southbound lanes of the highway. The vehicle  was stopped and the driver had liquor on his breath. The ASD demand was read and the test results were a fail. The male was arrested for impaired driving. The male refused to submit to a breath test and provided a false name. Identity was later confirmed and a promise to appear was served for Aug. 23, along with a 24-hour driving prohibition, a notice of indefinite driving prohibition under sec 233(7) of the motor vehicle act and a notice of greater punishment.

A male in his mid 30s, approximately 5-ft.-10, with short, sandy blond hair, tried to return hinges to the Home Hardware store in Ladysmith. An employee noted that these hinges had not been sold since 2009. An employee attempted to get the male’s information, but he became agitated and refused to give details. The male left in a Suzuki Swift. The employee called other Home Hardware stores and the store in Nanaimo stated they had two of those hinges stolen recently. The investigation is ongoing and a suspect has been identified.

An individual reported a possible fraud. An individual was met on The two individuals began communicating. The male posted as a business man from Richmond working as a road builder in Togo, Africa. The communication went on for a period of about four months. After a few months of e-mailing and phone calls, the male asked for financial assistance for numerous reasons and requested a money wire transfer. The male promised to return the money as soon as he would return to Canada after completion of his contract overseas. A substantial amount of money was wired over and the victim realized later that she had been defrauded. People are encouraged to visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website located at There is excellent information on the most common types of scams, fraud prevention and resource material.



Friday, July 22

RCMP members had just completed a bar walk in Ladysmith and were leaving along First Avenue. A truck turned in front of the officer at a very high rate of speed and took off down an alley. The pickup truck was located at a residence at the end of an alley. The officer made some enquiries on the registered owner. The driver had apparently thrown his keys and left the area. A firearm could be seen lying in the back seat of the truck. The firearm was seized as a check of the serial number showed it to be unregistered. There was also open liquor in plain view. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.



Monday, July 25

A 911 call was received of a motor vehicle collision at the Trans-Canada Highway and Davis Road. One of the drivers was northbound on the highway nearing the intersection of Davis Road. The driver was in the far right lane, but wanted to make a left turn lane change into the turning lane to Coronation Mall.  The driver failed to see a semi-truck that was going approximately 70km/h. The vehicle landed on the merge island for the Chemainus Road off ramp.  Both individuals were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and later released. A charge is pending for unsafe lane change.

A break and enter was reported at a residence in the 300 block of Dogwood Drive.  The residence was entered between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  The point of entry was the rear upper patio sliding glass door.  Once inside the suspect took a laptop and various pieces of jewelry.  No damage was done to the residence.