Ladysmith RCMP News for Jan. 11 to Jan. 26

Female hitchhiker jumps out of truck to safety as it slowed down.

• On Jan. 11 at 11:59 a.m., the Ladysmith RCMP received a report of various power tools, some still in the box, and assorted household items located abandoned in the bushes near 3800 block of South Oyster School Road. These items were seized by police for safekeeping.

No one has come forward to claim these items so far.

Please call the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215 if you believe these items belong to you.

• On Jan. 12 at 4:11 p.m., the Ladysmith RCMP received a report of one truck hitting two parked vehicles on Buller Street near First Avenue.

Witnesses and the driver of the truck provided police with statements, which indicated the 58-year-old male driver of the truck had no use of his brakes and was using only the emergency brake handle to control his vehicle. The male driver subsequently lost control of his vehicle, striking the other parked vehicles.

The vehicle was towed and the driver was issued a violation ticket for driving an improperly-equipped vehicle.

No injuries resulted from this incident.

• On Jan. 14 at 8:25 a.m., police received a report that a red Ford F350 pickup truck with B.C. plate number HP 4244 had been stolen overnight from the parking lot of the Holiday House Motel. Witnesses saw possible suspect(s), as two people were seen at approximately 4:30 a.m. inside a similar vehicle.

• On Jan. 14 at 9:20 a.m., the Ladysmith RCMP received a report from a female who had been hitchhiking on Chemainus Road towards Ladysmith.

The female was given a ride from a male in a small blue pickup truck, possibly a Ford Ranger. The male driver attempted to grab the woman’s leg and refused to allow her to exit the vehicle. The female victim managed to jump out of the vehicle as it slowed down near the highway, and she ran to safety.

The vehicle continued southbound on the highway.

The driver is described as approximately 45 years old with grey hair and a goatee, medium build with rough and worn-looking hands.

• On Jan. 26, the Ladysmith RCMP were called to the Government Wharf on Rocky Creek Road, where an unknown person(s) had previously attempted to steal items off an unattended boat.

Security recordings indicate an incident happened on Jan. 23 at approximately 4 a.m. Images are being examined by police, with the investigation still ongoing.


With tax time around the corner, the Ladysmith RCMP would like to remind everyone to be extra vigilant of the various scams trying to obtain personal and financial information from you.


If you have any information about these crimes or any other ones, please contact the Ladysmith RCMP Detachment at 250-245-2215 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477.