Caller frauds local business with stolen credit card

Jan. 20

  • Feb. 2, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Jan. 20

Sometime during the evening, Smithers RCMP responded to a report of a Western Star semi-truck in the ditch leaning against a power pole near Hwy 16 and Airport Road. The driver attempted to pull off the road to clean his windshield and sunk hus truck into the soft shoulder. The truck sustained damages to the passenger side and frame. BC Hydro attended to the scene to assist with the removal of the truck from the power pole.

Jan. 21

In the morning the RCMP attended to a a single vehicle motor vehicle incident on the highway at Raymond Road. Due to extremely slippery road conditions the vehicle slid off the road. Neigher occupant of the car were injured.

Also that day, an area sporting store was reportedly the victim of a fraud of $1,500. A male caller phoned the store to purchase two outriggers using a visa number and requested that the items be shipped. Investigations revealed that the credit card number was stolen. The investigation is continuing and businesses are reminded to use caution when processing purchases over the phone to ensure that payment is received. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the detachment at 250-847-3233 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Jan. 22

Responding to a complaint of suspicious people on Main Street in front of Salt Boutique and Silver Island Imports, police arrived to discover that a front window had been damaged. Patrols were made in the area however a suspect was not identified. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP.

A Bulkley Valley Christian School school bus was broken into sometime between Jan. 21 and 22. Entry was gained by breaking the front door and several items were thrown throughout and minor damage was sustained.

Jan. 24

A 1996 Nissan extra cab pick-up truck was stolen from the 1800 block of Princess Street. The truck is described as teal blue and an older work truck bearing a B.C. licence plate 2808GE.


Over the week police dealt with four minor drug seizures, issued one immediate roadside prohibition and dealt with 10 incidents involving a person intoxicated in public and/or causing a disturbance.

Over the past three weeks the RCMP have responded to several complaints of break-ins and thefts from vehicles throughout the Town of Smithers. Various items such as cash, cameras, and an iPod, as well as siphoned gas, have been reported stolen. In one instance two males and a female, approximately 12-to-16-years-old wearing hoodies were discovered on a homeowner’s property. Police are urging the community to ensure that their vehicles are secure and valuables are left out of sight. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police as soon as possible.

Additionally, RCMP are still looking for any further information regarding the school bus which was set on fire on Dec. 23 at 1 a.m. The bus was parked in a parking lot between Frontage Road and Fulton Avenue. The police believe that the fire was deliberately set.