Powell River RCMP reported the following for September 22 to 28, 2022.
Total calls for service: 121
Break and enter: 1
Impaired driving: 1
Mental health: 7
September 23; Joyce Avenue, 3300 block
At approximately 9:49 am, police responded to a report of a stolen bike in the 3300 block of Joyce Avenue. The bike was described as a black Kona 20-inch bicycle with green writing on it. The bike was valued at approximately $500.
September 23; Thunder Bay Street, 7100 block
At approximately 8:19 am, police responded to a report of a stolen mountain bike. The bike, which was stolen sometime in the previous 48 hours, was described as a blue ChroMag mountain bike worth approximately $1,000. At approximately 11:06 am on the same day, police observed a male (who was known to them), riding a bike that had recently been spray-painted gold. Police determined it was the same bike that was stolen and returned the bike to the owner. The male was arrested for possession of stolen property and released at a later time.
September 28; Powell River
After the Peak received an email from a municipal election candidate about multiple candidates having signage stolen, an enquiry was made to RCMP. In response, constable Chris Bakker said several reports of thefts of election signs have been received in the past week. “These are investigated just like other thefts,” he added, “and the penalties would be the same.”
Staff sergeant Rod Wiebe said theft of an election sign can be prosecuted as an indictable offence where the accused could face a maximum of two years in jail or via summary conviction, which could carry up to two years less a day in jail, a $5,000 fine or both. Damaging an election sign is considered mischief and can carry the same penalties as stealing them, he added.
Anyone with information about the incidents above 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.