POLICE BEAT: Two arrested on drinking related charges in Christina Lake
Two men were charged for being drunk over the weekend in Christina Lake.
The first man, a 30 year-old from Grand Forks, had been reported drunk and was kicked out of the Crow and Bear in Christina Lake on Saturday, July 14 at 11:24 p.m.
Grand Forks RCMP later found the man driving a friend’s vehicle with a passenger. He failed the roadside test for drunk driving. He was also found in violation of previous restrictions placed on him which involved the use of an interlock alcohol screening device every time he drives, said Grand Forks RCMP staff sergeant Jim Harrison. The device was on his own vehicle, which he was not driving at the time.
He was given a 90 day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was also impounded for 90 days.
The second charge was given to a 16 year-old male from Grand Forks, who was arrested and charged for being drunk in a public place after RCMP were called out to the Crow and Bear on Sunday, July 15 at 2:23 a.m.
The teen was “falling down drunk” said Harrison. He had not been served alcohol at the pub, he’d just been in the area at the time the police attended, said Harrison.
Police looking for man who stole bike, money from parked vehicle
Police are looking for the public’s help in finding a man who may have been involved in stealing items from a parked vehicle in Christina Lake.
The man, who is described as being between 18 and 20 years old and was wearing dark shorts and an orange and white striped hoodie, was seen in the vicinity at the time of the theft on Sunday, July 15.
The vehicle was parked at Christina Sands Resort. A pedal bike, IPod, $80 in cash, and a GPS were among the items stolen.
The same person may also be connected to two other vehicle break-ins made in the same area.
Anyone with information about this incident can contact Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Copper wire continues to be hot commodity
Copper wire thieves aren’t only targeting home construction sites, they’ve moved on to completed homes in Grand Forks.
On Monday, July 9 police were called out to a residence on Morrissey Creek Road at 1:45 p.m. were an undisclosed quantity of 12 gauge yellow-covered copper wire and 10 gauge black-covered wire had been stolen.
Police questioned one suspect, who denied being involved with the theft, said Harrison.
The second copper wire theft of the week happened at a vacant rental home on 3rdStreet in Grand Forks.
The theft was reported on Tuesday, July 10 at 9:56 a.m. but had likely happened over the two days prior to the report.
“Damage was done to the home from the removal of the copper wire,” said Harrison, adding that he doesn’t know how much wire the thief got away with.
“(Thieves) are taking (copper wire) where ever they can get it,” said Harrison.
Beer and license plate targeted at Christina Lake
Police are warning campers to lock up their liquor after a series of thefts in Christina Lake last week.
“Somebody has been raiding camper coolers at Christina Lake,” said Harrison.
The first incident was reported to police on Wednesday, July 11 at 11:39 a.m. During the previous evening three separate campsites had beer and liquor stolen from them by an unknown suspect.
The second incident was reported on the same day but at 12:05 p.m. This time the thief made off with the beer and the cooler from a campsite in Skands Tent and Trailer Resort in Christina Lake.
A boat trailer license plate, complete with an active insurance sticker, was stolen from a trailer that was parked at the Texas Point boat launch in Christina Lake.
The owner had been out on the boat in the lake at the time. The person reported the incident to police on Monday, July 9 at 3:45 p.m.
A Kelowna man had his wallet, complete with credit cards and identification stolen from a house party in Grand Forks on Friday, July 13. He reported the incident to police at 2:40 p.m.