POLICE: Test drive turned joy ride at local car dealership

Erin Perkins
By Erin Perkins
August 8th, 2012

ABH Car Sales in Grand Forks is a car short after a man took a white 2009 Pontiac Vibe for a test drive and never returned.

Grand Forks arrived on scene Saturday, August 4 at 5:25 p.m.

“The man took the vehicle out for a test drive and was only going to be gone a few minutes but never returned the vehicle,” said Grand Forks RCMP Corporal Richard Lanz.

Police are asking the public’s help in finding the man, who is described as five foot eight inches tall (172.72 centimeters) and weighing 250 pounds (113 kilograms). He has brown short hair.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Grand Forks RCMP at 442-8288 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Tractor trailer of dog food catches fire outside Christina Lake

Smoking brakes lit on fire as a semi-trailer traveling west-bound on Highway 3 by Lafferty Pit Road in Christina Lake maneuvered the steep terrain.

Grand Forks RCMP were called out to assist the Christina Lake Fire Department on Tuesday, July 31 at 11:51 p.m. By the time RCMP arrived, the driver had disengaged the fire engulfed trailer from the engine.

The trailer had been going down the S curves on Highway 3 when another trailer passed it, the driver locked up the brakes and they caught on fire, said Christina Lake Fire Department chief Ken Gresley-Jones.

The tractor trailer was packed full of bagged dog food. The wax-covered bags coupled with the dog food made for a large and difficult fire, said Gresley-Jones. Midnight Towing from Grand Forks had to attend to help seperate the trailer, allowing for the firefighters to get at the load.

“It was a hell of a mess,” said Gresley-Jones. “It was the department’s first dog food fire.”

It took the department over three hours to extinguish and clean up.

Stolen vehicle dumped, suspects on the run

A vehicle that was stolen from Cranbrook has been found after it was in a single vehicle accident in Christina Lake, Friday, August 3.

Grand Forks RCMP attended the scene at 3:30 p.m. The two male occupants of the vehicle had fled the scene by the time they arrived.

The vehicle, a blue Ford pick up, was found about 10 kilometers east of Christina Lake off Highway 3. The driver had come around a corner, lost control, hit the ditch and ended in the creek, said Lanz.

“The two males than climbed up the bank,” he said. “The two occupants appeared to have had injuries to the head area.”

Police are asking the public to contact them if they have any additional information to help locate the men.

Forgotten kick stand causes accident

A motorcyclist from Parksville, BC won’t forget to disengage his kickstand after he lost control of his bike, Thursday, August 2.

Grand Forks RCMP attended the single vehicle accident at 12:17 p.m. The man had been turning onto Highway 3 from Tower Road in Grand Forks when he lost control of the bike, hitting the shoulder and falling off the bike, said Lanz.

The driver suffered only some minor scrapes to his hands, said Lanz.

Police looking for missing Jayco tent trailer

Grand Forks RCMP are looking for a 2001 Jayco tent trailer that was stolen from a home on Cooper Road in Grand Forks, Thursday, August 2.

“The trailer was stolen sometime during the night,” said Lanz. “The suspect hooked up to it and took it.”

Lanz suggests trailer owners use a trailer hitch lock or pad lock to secure the hit so thieves can’t pull up and take it away.

The trailer has the license plate number UNP 38F.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Grand Forks RCMP at 442-8288 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Chevy Truck windows smashed

The front and side windows of a 1974 Chevrolet pick up truck were smashed and the glove compartment rummaged through at a residence on Spencer Road in Grand Forks.

Police were called out to the property on Friday, August 3 at 12:30 p.m. Nothing appears to have been taken and police have no suspects at this time.

Lock your house before you leave

Grand Forks RCMP want to remind people to lock their doors before leaving their homes if they want to avoid break and enters, said Lanz.

The most recent break and enter involving a house that may not have been secured properly when the homeowners left for a few days happened just outside of Grand Forks. Grand Forks RCMP were called to the home on Monday, August 6 at 6:22 p.m. after the homeowner returned to find their computer and television missing. There appears to have been no forced entry, indicating the home may not have been secure at the time, said Lanz.

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