Powell River RCMP reported the following for September 1 to 7, 2021.
Total calls for service: 148
Impaired driving: 4
Break and enter: 1
At approximately 11:53 pm, Powell River RCMP were conducting patrols on Highway 101 near Lang Bay and observed a vehicle travelling north at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was conducted and police determined that the licence plates on the vehicle were stolen and the vehicle was not insured. The male driver was arrested for possession of stolen property. During the arrest, police observed what appeared to be packages of fentanyl and a bag of small baggies in the back seat of the car. After further investigation, police located fentanyl, crystal meth and cocaine in the vehicle, along with a pocket scale and small baggies. The driver was arrested for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and released to appear in Powell River Provincial Court. The licence plates were seized by police and the vehicle was towed.
Westview ferry terminal
At approximately 4:13 pm, Powell River RCMP received a report from BC Ferries that a 32-foot trolling vessel had drifted into the ferry ramp at Westview ferry terminal and was moving around in circles in deep water just south of the terminal. The ferry employee observed a lone male on board, passed out with a beer in his hand. Police attended and located the boat moving in slow, wide circles and pulled up alongside. Police observed that the male operator showed signs of impairment by alcohol and the 52-year-old was arrested for impaired operation of a vessel. The male was transported to the RCMP detachment and breath samples were obtained by a qualified technician, which registered a fail. The male was released to appear in Powell River Provincial Court. The vessel was transported back to the harbour and secured by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Powell River General Hospital
At approximately 11 pm, Powell River RCMP received a report of a mischief in progress in the parking lot at the Powell River General Hospital. While on foot patrol, hospital security observed a female spray-painting the pavement of the parking lot. The security guard confronted the female, who identified herself and then left in her vehicle. Police located the 23-year-old female and she was arrested for mischief and released to appear in Powell River Provincial Court.
At approximately 6:06 pm, Powell River RCMP responded to a report of a threat at a residence on Claridge Road. A homeowner went over to the neighbour’s house to ask that the music be turned down and the male neighbour came outside with a knife and threatened to kill the homeowner. Police attended and located the male neighbour, who was impaired by alcohol. The male was arrested and transported to the RCMP detachment to be released when sober. The male was released to appear in Powell River Provincial Court.
Powell River RCMP recently received numerous reports of fraud involving requests for money, gift cards and personal banking and social insurance number information. Powell River RCMP would like to remind everyone not to transfer or mail cash, purchase any sort of gift card, or give out personal information to any unsolicited or unknown contacts. If people are unsure if they are dealing with a fraudster, or suspect a request might not be legitimate, phone the Powell River RCMP at 604.485.6255 for assistance. Employees of financial institutions and retail outlets are asked to be on alert for large transactions and large sums of gift cards being purchased.
Police continue to investigate tips received from the public regarding missing person Vaughn Baumgardt. He was last seen on the evening of August 20 wearing a black t-shirt, jeans and black skater-style sneakers on Highway 101 near Pinetree Road.
Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing person named Brody David. He was last seen in Nanaimo on August 26 at 2 pm and Nanaimo RCMP believe he may be in Powell River. David is 26 years old and is described as Caucasian, five feet, six inches tall with a slim build, blue eyes and very short, almost shaved blond hair.
If anyone has any information about Baumgardt’s or David’s whereabouts, they are asked to call the Powell River RCMP at 604.485.6255.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Powell River RCMP at 604.485.6255, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or online at bccrimestoppers.com.