RCMP warn of e-mail fraud — Ladysmith Police Briefs

Ladysmith RCMP responded to 54 calls for service from March 8-14, including thefts, a break-in at the Save On Gas, and fraud by e-mail.

The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 54 calls for service from March 8-14.

Saturday, March 9

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a complaint of the theft of an Evenrude six-horsepower outboard motor. The motor had been stored under the deck at a residence in the 400 block of Walker Avenue. There are no suspects or witnesses.

Sunday, March 10

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a complaint of the theft of two propane tanks and a “deep cycle” battery from the yard of a residence at the Cassidy Trailer Park. The theft is believed to have occurred in the early morning hours.

Monday, March 11

• On March 11 at approximately 2:44 a.m., Ladysmith RCMP responded to a  report of two males breaking into the Save On Gas station on First Avenue in Ladysmith.

Police made immediate attendance and located one of the males still on scene. After a brief foot chase, the male — identified as 43-year-old Donald Edward Larson — was apprehended and arrested.

Numerous items were stolen from the store, and a number of break-in tools were located.

The other male was not located. Larson was held in custody to appear in Duncan court and has been charged with break and enter, with additional charges pending.

Anyone with information as to the identity of the second male who fled the scene is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Tuesday, March 12

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a fraud by e-mail. A male reported to the police that he had received an e-mail believed to have come from the Royal Bank that requested his passwords and personal information.

Residents are reminded that financial institutions will not forward e-mail to customers and do not solicit PIN numbers or other personal information.

If anyone receives telephone calls or e-mails, they are advised to directly confirm with the finical institution or credit card company the authenticity of the request. Many of these fraud complaints will suggest that the account holder’s account has been frozen or that there is usual activity, appearing to be legitimate and professional, on the website individuals are directed to.