Port Alberni RCMP on the lookout for late-night prowlers

Port Alberni RCMP received two reports of prowlers in two different neighbourhoods, overnight on Monday, July 9.

At 11:45 p.m., police were called to the 3600 block of Porritt Place. A Caucasian man, carrying a large garbage bag, was observed walking around the cul-de-sac and looking closely at the houses in the area, according to RCMP media liaison officer Cpl. Amelia Hayden.

A resident came out and confronted the man enquiring into his presence in the area. After a brief discussion, the man left the area heading towards Church Street on 16th Avenue with the garbage bag full of items, some of which were metal as they banged together. Police attended and did patrol the area however were unable to locate the suspicious man, Hayden noted.

A few minutes later at midnight, police were called to the 4700-block of North Park Drive to a report of a man who had walked up into a resident’s yard. The man had opened the gate to the backyard and as he walked in, a motion sensor light was activated. This sent the suspect fleeing back to the road where he ran off.

The homeowner had noticed the light come on and looked out to see the suspect running away towards Dry Creek. The suspect is described as a Caucasian man standing approximately six feet tall, wearing a black toque, black jacket and carrying a backpack. Police conducted extensive vehicle and foot patrols of the area, however the suspect was not located.

“In both instances, residents were fortunate that they were paying attention to the activities occurring outside, otherwise the suspects involved here may have pursued some criminal activities,” Hayden said.

“Further, the use of motion activated lights draws attention to activities occurring in the dark and helps to deter unwanted guests. We are encouraging residents to become involved in the Block Watch program which aims to reduce crime through neighbourhood awareness and crime prevention strategies,” she said.

Anyone who may have information on these or any other crimes is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or call Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Just Posted

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

BUSINESS BEAT: New board room at Steampunk Café has nautical flair

Teresa Bird writes about business happenings once a month in the Alberni Valley News

ARTS AROUND: Artists invited to exhibit work at Port Alberni gallery

The Rollin Art Centre is now accepting applications for the 2020 calendar year

Port Alberni millwright brings Beatles’ iconic yellow submarine to life for ice show

Beatlemania is set to take the ice on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Alberni Valley Multiplex

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

VIDEO: Massive elk herd runs across Washington State highway

Elk have been making an appearance in the Pacific Northwest

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Winter storm freezes U.S., halts air travel

Storm dumps snow or heavy rain, snarls travel in much of U.S.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

The incident happened in Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

Most Read