Ladysmith police urge caution when using social media, releasing information

The Ladysmith RCMP responded to 81 calls for service from Sept. 20-27, including reports of inappropriate texting.

The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 81 calls for service from Sept. 20-27.

Thursday, Sept. 20

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of inappropriate texting to a female in the Ladysmith area.  The police are actively investigating the file in an attempt to locate and identify the individual responsible for the harassing texts. The general public is reminded to use caution in releasing personal information, cellphone numbers or other information through Facebook or other social media venues. The public is also cautioned about who they grant access to on their social media accounts and interact with. Parents are encouraged to monitor the activities of their children online.

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a hit-and-run accident at the Ladysmith Secondary School parking lot. A student parked their car in the lot and upon returning at the end of the day, found that an unknown person had hit it, scraping the right-side bumper area and other minor damage. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP Detachment.

Friday, Sept. 21

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a call from BC Ferries reporting that a passenger had stolen money from a vehicle on the ferry. The RCMP attended the ferry when it docked in Chemainus and spoke to the owner of the vehicle who had the money stolen. As a result of the investigation, two males were spoken with. The 31- and 49-year-old males admitted to the theft and returned the stolen money. The ferry from Penelakut and Thetis islands was delayed approximately 45 minutes as a result.

Saturday, Sept. 22

• The Ladysmith RCMP were called to a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident on Chemainus Road, north of Olson Road. Upon arrival, the RCMP located a green Pontiac Grand Am in the ditch on its roof with no one around. Through the investigation, the driver was located at his residence and explained that the car had spun around and went off the road, flipping onto its roof. No other passengers were noted in the vehicle, and the driver suffered minor bruising as a result of the accident.

Sunday, Sept. 23

• The Ladysmith RCMP were called to a report of a stolen camera at the Aggie Hall. The camera was important to the owner, as it contained wedding photos. The police investigated the matter and were able to recover the camera from a 22-year-old Nanaimo male.

Monday, Sept. 24

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of stolen propane tanks. Sometime over the previous three days, 10 30-pound propane tanks were stolen from the Ladysmith Press on Oyster Bay Drive.  Unknown individuals entered a locked steel cage where the tanks were being stored. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP.

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a stolen BMX bike taken from a driveway in the 200 block of Bayview Avenue. The bike was described as a red youth’s Supercycle BMX bike, and it had been left unlocked on the driveway.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a single-vehicle accident on the Trans-Canada Highway at Aqua Terra Road. The tire on a south-bound vehicle burst, resulting in the driver losing control. The vehicle went into the ditch and struck a hydro box. The lone driver was not injured, and the vehicle was towed from the location.