Friday, May 2
• On May 2, May 10 and May 23, the Shar-Kare store and the 49th Parallel Garden Centre located along First Avenue were targeted by thieve(s) who stole numerous hanging baskets and other potted plants and shrubs of many varieties.
The total value of these thefts is in the multiple thousands of dollars and without a doubt is hurting their ability to remain in business.
On Sunday, May 25 at approximately 2:50 am., a female was found in possession of property that belongs to the 49th Parallel store, and she was later released with a Promise To Appear.
A criminal charge of possession of stolen property is being recommended.
The Ladysmith RCMP is taking this matter very seriously and seeking public assistance in the resolution of this problem.
Sunday, May 18
• On May 18, a green compact vehicle, which was left parked at a campsite near Timberlands Road, was vandalized, with its tires slashed and expensive stereo equipment stolen.
This incident happened during the May long weekend, with plenty of campers in the area.
Tuesday, May 20
• On May 20 at 11:35 a.m. at Coronation Mall, police were called to a disturbance where a female was suspected of shoplifting from the Rexall drug store and then threatening a male with a needle outside.
The female was seen leaving the area in a white van heading south on the highway towards Duncan.
Upon police arrival, the male victim had not stayed and had left the scene.
A witness was able to collect the licence plate number of the vehicle involved, and police were able to locate the female suspect and question her.
Police are now interested in talking to the unidentified male involved about this incident for potential criminal charges being pursued.
Wednesday, May 21
• During the early morning hours of May 21, the Home Hardware store on Ludlow Road was a target of someone who stole 11 25-pound propane tanks from a locked storage cabinet that had its lock cut.
The propane tanks have the Exchange Guy’s logo on the surface.
As we all know, the Town of Ladysmith is located alongside the Island Highway, which naturally creates an ease of access from several entrances along the way.
It is also a smaller community situated between two larger centers.
A number of these matters reported in this report are suspected by the Ladysmith RCMP to have been committed by persons not connected to this community.
Should you be out and about late at night, or at any time for that matter, and you observe something or someone out of the ordinary around that causes you concern for any reason, please give us a call and we will do our very best to check it out with the view of keeping our very fine community safe.
If you have any information relating to these crimes or any other crimes in Ladysmith, please contact the Ladysmith RCMP Detachment at 250-245-2215 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.