Valentine’s Day a busy one for Alberni RCMP

Cops deal with 39 calls in one shift, including numerous thefts from vehicles

There was no love for the Port Alberni RCMP on Valentine’s Day, as officers dealt with a busy 39 calls for service ranging from a number of domestic disputes, criminal breaches of court orders, disturbances, thefts and associated offences—all reported during the Feb. 14 day shift.

A break and enter occurred at the China Creek Campground where the pumphouse was broken into and a CCTV server was stolen. A black Zodiac with outboard motor was also taken, along with a chainsaw and gas. Further, a motorhome parked at the China Creek Campground was broken into, according to RCMP media liaison officer Cpl. Amelia Hayden.

Other thefts around Port Alberni included items taken from vehicle in the 2800-block of Third Avenue where a garage door opener and dash camera were stolen; money was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Waterfern Drive; an attempted theft from vehicle in the 4000 block of Ninth Avenue and papers stolen from an F150 pickup truck in the 4000-block of North Park Drive.

Port Alberni RCMP would like to encourage all vehicle owners to ensure all valuables are removed from their vehicles and to notify RCMP if you see any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.

“Ideally vehicle owners, when parking their vehicles for any length of time, should leave their vehicles locked up and secure, in a well lit area, and having removed any items of value and leaving nothing in plain view of persons walking by”, said Hayden. “Don’t leave anything in plain sight that could be tempting to a would-be thief.”

If you have any information about any of these crimes, please contact Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or, to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000 for information received that leads to an arrest.

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