RCMP files: plexiglass theft, boat stripped of motors, and lake patrol

This week: boat thievery, some vandalism and an impaired car theft.

A long list of charges for impaired car thief

At 2:30 a.m. last Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the Fairview area.

Officers immediately arrived on scene and located the stolen auto with two male occupants attempting to flee the area. The vehicle was stopped roadside and both occupants were arrested.

The male driver, a 36-year-old resident of Nakusp displayed symptoms of impairment by alcohol. The male passenger, a 34-year-old Nelson resident, was well known to NPD officers.

The driver was returned to the downtown headquarters where he refused to provide a breath sample as directed. The driver is currently facing a raft of charges including theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, impaired driving, refusal to provide a breath sample, driving while disqualified and driving while prohibited. He is scheduled to appear in Nelson Court in September.

The passenger faces a charge of possession of stolen property.

Plexiglass pulled from Fauquier

Someone has taken off with the plexiglass covering the bulletin board at the Fauquier mailboxes. On July 14 the Nakusp RCMP were advised that the items – estimated replacement cost of $400 – had been stolen. Please contact the Nakusp RCMP or Crimestoppers if you have any information regarding this incident.

Stolen boat found stripped in  Burton

An abandoned boat was noticed at the Burton boat launch, and on July 17 the Nakusp RCMP received news that a red and grey 2012 Harbercraft 2025 HHT was at the launch.

Stripped of two outboards and all other contents and electronics, the boat is registered to someone who is not a local resident. The boat was determined to have been stolen from a summer home in Silverton, B.C. sometime during the previous week.

When police questioned neighbours in the area, they learned that the boat was seen being towed away at around 7 a.m. by a beige-coloured full-size pickup.

Missing from the boat is a Yamaha 150 hp 4 stroke outboard, a 9.9hp four-stroke outboard, electric downriggers, and the entire steering and drive assembly.

If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact the Nakusp or Slocan Lake RCMP, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Lake patrol finds boaters falling short

On July 14, the Slocan Lake RCMP were out conducting marine enforcement patrols on Slocan Lake between Silverton and New Denver, B.C. Several pleasure crafts and personal water crafts were checked for safety equipment, operator competency card compliance, and impaired operation. Most of the vessels didn’t measure up to the required safety equipment under the Canada Shipping Act and small vessel regulations, and several boat operators were issued warnings and directed back to shore until deficiencies were addressed.

The RCMP would like to remind boaters to be prepared and safe while on the water. Operating or permitting a person to operate a non-human powered pleasure craft without personal floatation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person on board carries a fine of $230, with an additional $115 for each additional missing floatation device. Inflatable PFDs must be worn. Also, operating or allowing a person to operate a pleasure craft without an operator card, or failing to have competency on board vessel, comes with a fine $287.50 if stopped by the RCMP.

-with files from R.A.Fehler, Corporal, Nakusp/Slocan Lake RCMP