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Suspects sought after threat at court house

CHILLIWACK — At about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, Chilliwack RCMP received a report of an unspecified threat at the Chilliwack Court House, located at 46085 Yale Road.

Police attended, and working with B.C. Sheriff’s Department, evacuated the court house.

A suspicious item was located outside the courthouse after an initial sweep of the area. Chilliwack RCMP and Sheriffs secured the area and evacuated a number of neighbouring businesses to await the arrival of the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU).

EDU determined the item was not a risk to public safety.

Follow up investigation into the source of the threat is being done by the Chilliwack RCMP with assistance from the RCMP Lower Mainland Forensic Identification Section.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying subjects associated to a vehicle of interest (photo above). The vehicle is described as an older model, bluish green, four-door sedan, with a sun roof.

Threatening phone calls spark warning from police

SURREY — RCMP are warning of a series of threatening phone calls to women across the Lower Mainland that are believed to be linked.

The troubling calls started in 2017. At times, the male caller accurately identifies the woman by name and address, and claims he has been watching her through cameras he allegedly installed inside her home.

He then demands the woman engage in sexually explicit conversation with him, or the victim, or a family member would be killed. He is often described as speaking in a quiet voice.

There is no evidence at this time that the caller has actually installed the cameras. Most calls are received on the victim’s home phone number but some female employees of lingerie and swimwear stores have received calls at their workplace.

Police believe the caller is using a telephone number spoofing app, software or website that changes the caller identification number. He appears to be gathering information about the victim through open social media sources.

RCMP recommend the following safety tips for anyone receiving such a call;

  1. Record the caller’s telephone number
  2. Hang up, do not engage in conversation with the caller
  3. Immediately report the incident to your local police
  4. When and wherever possible block the number
  5. Use an unlisted name and number

Police Dog tracks down suspect after break-in at Tim’s

LAKE COUNTRY — RCMP have one male in custody and another still outstanding after the two suspects were observed breaking into a local coffee shop at Oceola Road in Lake Country.

On Feb. 26, 2018 at about 3 a.m., Lake Country RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress at a local coffee shop in the 11000 block of Oceola Road off Highway 97.

The store was equipped with a live monitoring security system and the security alarm company was able to relay the suspects’ movements to 911 operators as they watched the men on surveillance camera.

Police dog ‘Ice.’

Police were given a description of the males as one gained entry into the business and the other was standing watch outside the building.

Lake Country members arrived to find a Blue Dodge van parked nearby. A male driver put the van into reverse and sped out of the parking lot. The officer was unable to stop the van due to its high rate of speed and dangerous driving.

Police confirmed the business was empty and the suspects had since fled the scene.

The Kelowna Police Dog unit was called to the location and Police Service Dog “Ice” was able to locate a track. The dog track lead officers across Highway 97 eastbound onto Woodsdale Road behind a gas station.

While tracking the first suspect, police came across the blue Dodge van, which had crashed into a parked boat and trailer in the area. The driver of the van was nowhere to be seen but Ice found his track, which lead officers to a building on Pretty Road a few blocks away from the abandoned van.

Ice followed the scent and located the male along the fence line of the building. He was apprehended by the dog and taken into police custody.

A 52-year-old man from Calgary is awaiting court and facing charges of break and enter and failing to stop for police.

RCMP are still looking for a second male suspect who has not been located or identified.

Lake Country RCMP is asking anyone with information about this investigation or any other criminal activity to please contact their local RCMP Detachment. If you would like to remain anonymous, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477.

Warrants issued for Nanaimo man, Mounties seek other witnesses

UPDATE: Jordan Shepherd was arrested by Nanaimo Mounties on Thursday, March 1 as he slept in a parked vehicle outside a motel.

NANAIMO — A 34-year-old Nanaimo man is wanted on numerous fraud charges including a Canada-wide warrant issued by Ladysmith RCMP.

Nanaimo RCMP believe there could be other victims and are asking that they come forward.

Jordan David Shepherd is wanted on five counts of fraud under $5,000 from Nanaimo, one count of fraud from Ladysmith and another fraud charge stemming from New Westminster. All of the allegations occurred between February and August of 2017.

It is alleged Shepherd, who sometimes goes by the name Dave Rofter, befriends women ranging in age from their mid-twenties to early thirties.

He meets some in person and others through social media and on Plenty of Fish, a free dating site. Within days, the women are asked to deposit a cheque for an amount ranging from $1,000 to $1,600.

Tim Hortons robbery suspect arrested

VERNON — North Okanagan RCMP have arrested and identified a man allegedly responsible for a robbery that occurred at the Tim Hortons on Feb.14, 2018.

Just before 11 p.m. on that day, RCMP responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Tim Hortons located at 3905 32nd Street, Vernon.

Upon being asked to leave the store at closing time, a man had allegedly demanded cash while threatening violence. The suspect male made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area on foot.

On Feb. 22, 2018 the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report from a loss prevention officer who advised a male matching the description of the robbery suspect had just entered their store.

RCMP offices immediately attended to the location and found the suspect exiting the store’s washroom. The male was arrested and taken into custody without incident.

A 32-year-old man from Lethbridge, Alberta, was arrested in relation to the robbery and through investigation has been connected to numerous other crimes within the Vernon area.

The man faces numerous charges including; theft of motor vehicle, fraud, theft, possession property obtained by crime and break and enter. He remains in custody to face the pending charges.

 

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