Valentine's Day weekend no sweetheart deal for city cops
Partygoers got out of hand and three people are facing criminal charges after a special event at a local bar, according to RCMP Cpl. Debbie Postnikoff.
“The Castlegar RCMP were kept busy in the downtown area during the evening of Feb. 15 into the early hours of the morning on Feb.16, specifically dealing with 15 files involving intoxicated individuals, urinating in public, vomiting, fighting, and liquor infractions,” Postnikoff said. “Eight individuals were arrested for possession of what is believed to be cocaine and/or marihuana.
“A 37-year-old Procter man has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and Obstruction. A 21-year-old Rossland man has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and a 29-year-old Castlegar woman has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.”
But that was just the beginning of the weekend’s highjinks, Postnikoff said.
“Sometime during the evening of Feb. 15 and the early morning of Feb. 16, culprit(s) broke into a vehicle parked at the top of the Bombi Summit. The culprit(s) stole some “quick grab items” including cash, credit cards and vehicle accessories,” she said. “The RCMP is encouraging people not to leave valuables in your vehicle. This is a popular area for sledding and hikers, however, and has been the subject of several theft-from-vehicle incidents over the past couple of months.”
She asked the public to please report any suspicious people or vehicles lurking in the area to the Castlegar Detachment at 250-365-7721.
Finally came the ‘gas pains’ portion of the weekend’s police blotter.
“Sometime on Feb. 16 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, a large quantity of diesel was syphoned out of a parked truck at the 2100 block of 6 Avenue,” Postnikoff said.
Police are asking for the assistance of the public on any information that could assist in identifying the culprits.