RCMP find throwing stars in airport passenger’s luggage — Ladysmith Police Briefs

Ladysmith RCMP responded to 69 calls for service from March 22-28, including thefts, arson and tailgating.

The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 69 calls for service from March 22-28.

Friday, March 22

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a complaint of a theft that occurred within the past week on Frost Road. Stolen were four plastic rain barrels (two red and two blue) and a cord of firewood. Damage was also caused to the gate on the property.

• Ladysmith RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter to the A&W Restaurant and Husky Gas Station on the Trans-Canada Highway near Oyster Sto Lo Road that occurred overnight. Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information on this crime to contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Saturday, March 23

• Ladysmith RCMP attended to the Nanaimo Airport after receiving a report of security personnel locating prohibited weapons in a passenger’s luggage. The passenger stated that they were travelling from Thailand, and they had purchased two throwing stars while there. The throwing stars were seized, and no charges are being considered. The passenger subsequently missed the  connecting flight as a result.

Sunday, March 24

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of Take Auto Without Consent in which a male borrowed a friend’s vehicle to move his household effects and failed to return it. The vehicle was entered on police databases as stolen and was eventually returned on March 26. No charges are being considered in the incident.

• Ladysmith RCMP stopped to deal with a male and female hitchhiking on the Trans-Canada Highway northbound toward Nanaimo in the early morning hours. The male subsequently provided police with a false name and was found to be on probation at the time and subject to a curfew, which he was breaching. Charges of Breach Probation and Obstruct Peace Officer are being recommended.

Monday, March 25

• Ladysmith RCMP responded to an arson complaint on Hallberg Road in the early morning hours.  Upon attendance, it was discovered that the water shed to the Seabird Trailer Park was burnt on the corner of the structure. Members of the North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department were on scene and were able to extinguish the small fire. The damage is estimated at approximately $3,000. Police continue to investigate.

• Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a burnt motorcycle on Edgelow Road N. Police attended to find a small unregistered motorcycle lying in the ditch, destroyed by fire. Police are attempting to locate the registered owner and ask anyone with any information to contact police.

• Police responded to a report of an intoxicated male at the Tim Hortons restaurant on First Avenue.  A 56-year-old male was located and arrested for being Drunk in Public and was lodged in cells.

• Ladysmith RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle that was tailgating an ambulance that was southbound on the Trans-Canada Highway from Nanaimo with emergency equipment activated.  Police located and stopped the vehicle, and the female driver from Victoria was issued a Violation Ticket. Police remind motorists to yield the right of way to and give sufficient room to emergency vehicles when emergency equipment is activated.

Tuesday, March 26

• Police responded to a domestic in progress after receiving a call from one of the parties involved.  Investigation revealed that a 34-year-old male was assaulted by a 33-year-old female. The investigation continues, and a charge of assault is being recommended.

• Ladysmith RCMP received of a report an assault that occurred on Grandview Road in Saltair. The investigation revealed that a dispute while attempting to retrieve items left behind after the sale of a home resulted in an altercation. During the altercation, a 63-year-old male was allegedly assaulted by a 45-year-old male. The matter is still under investigation.

Wednesday, March 27

• Police received a report of a break and enter to a residence located in the 1100 block of Spruston Road. Stolen during the break in were several car parts and a laptop computer. The matter is still under investigation.

• Ladysmith RCMP responded to report of uttering threats over a rental residence on Louise Road.  The investigation revealed that the previous tenant made threats of harm to the female owner, as well as made threats to damage the residence. Also during the altercation, an associate of the owner was assaulted by the tenant. The investigation is continuing, with charges likely.

• Police responded to a report of a possible impaired driver on Christie Road in Ladysmith. The vehicle was located, and the driver provided a sample of his breath, resulting in a three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition. The 23-year-old driver of the vehicle was also found to be in possession of a motorcycle in the box of his pickup that had been reported stolen in August 2012 in Duncan. Charges of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime are also being recommended.