Ladysmith Police Briefs – Joyride taken through cornfield

Information provided by Ladysmith RCMP

  • Jul. 25, 2011 1:00 p.m.

There were a total of 71 calls for service over this period of time. To date, 2,219 incidents have been reported to the detachment (2,390 for the same period in 2010).

Tuesday, July 12

A male used a  crow bar to try to break into a hydro shed on a property at 12335 Rocky Creek Road. Police suspect the man fled in a vehicle from the nearby A&W parking lot after a service dog tracked his scent to that location. The male is described as being Caucasian, 5’9, slim, black hat, black jacket, 35 years old, and stubble on his face.

A culprit who stole a weed eater in the 100 block of First Avenue returned to the scene and stole two jerry cans. Both containers were about half full and stored under a front deck out of sight. The estimated value of the stolen property is $40.

Wednesday, July 13

An attempted theft of a vehicle was made on Spruston Road. The owner had left his vehicle and returned to it an hour later to find the ignition tampered with. A speaker was stolen along with gas.

An individual who was parked at the Frank Jameson Community Centre had one side hit on her vehicle.

Thursday, July 14

Three males were spotted fleeing the scene of a robbery at Uforik Computers on First Avenue in Ladysmith after stealing about $4,500 in computer equipment. They were seen leaving in a white vehicle. Persons with information are asked to contact Crimestoppers or the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215.

More than $800 worth of tools were teaken from a truck in the 200 block of First Avenue. The items included “L” arms, four ratchet straps, and a magnetic light set.

Friday, July 15

A road check conducted at Spitfire Road and the Trans-Canada Highway resulted in one violation ticket and seven warnings issued.

Saturday, July 16

A Norman Road homeowner reported that someone had driven over the front part of his lawn and ripped up the grass. On further inspection, police found skid marks and fishtail marks on the gravel road leading to the residence.

Sunday, July 17

A $600 Acer laptop was stolen right out of an open window. The victim told police the suspect took the laptop off a desk in the bedroom and then got into a red vehicle. The RCMP located the vehicle and a man was arrested. A search of the trunk revealed the stolen laptop. The male was later released on a promise to appear in court.

An unlicensed driver was caught driving a vehicle during a road block at the intersection of Quenell and Vanappelen Roads. The driver was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

A speed enforcement operation at the intersection of Spitfire Road and the Trans-Canada Highway resulted in five tickets issued.

A member observed a suspicious driver pull out of Dalby’s towing yard. The vehicle was subsequently stopped and the driver identified. Charges of theft under $5,000 and prohibited driving will be forwarded to the Crown. The vehicle was towed back to the compound.

Sometime over the weekend someone took a joyride in the cornfields on a Yellow Point Road farm. The farmer believed the incident happened on Friday, July 15, late at night, but he did not discover the damage to the fields until two days later. The RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the culprits involved.

Monday, July 18

A woman told police she was believed to be a victim of fraud after receiving numerous calls from a California number. She ignored the calls for a while, but then answered one. A male was on the line and advised her that her computer firewall was endangered and he was going to go on line and fix it. She gave him some computer info and allowed him access. He then said that it would cost $199 to fix it. A credit card number was provided. Realizing it was a scam, she took her computer to a local computer store for repairs and cancelled her credit card.

A vandalized HST Referendum sign was brought in to the detachment. An exam revealed that the Vote ‘Yes’ HST was still on both sides of the sign. A “NO” label appeared

to be on ones side but had been removed. Two other stickers have been added to the signs altering letters to ‘Extinguish the PST’ (H to a P) and ‘’. (H to an P). The stickers in question match both font and colour of the existing signs. The sign was found on Thursday July 14, 2011 at the north end of the boulevard on the Trans Canada Highway near the intersection of Symonds Street.