RCMP look for suspects in Greenwood crime spree, election sign tampering

Several break-and-enters are thought to be linked.

A rash of crime in Greenwood lately, including multiple break and enters, has RCMP calling for witnesses and asking resident to keep their valuables locked.

According to Cpt. Ted Bowen, there has been a spike in crime in Greenwood and area over the last month, roughly starting early September.

Bowen said that includes two break and enters to businesses in Greenwood, as well as two in the surrounding area. There have been three residential break and enters within the city as well, he added.

From businesses, Bowen said that not a tremendous amount was stolen, mostly tools. From residential homes, Bowen said electronics, as well as a motorcycle, were among the items stolen.

Bowen said RCMP suspect the business break and enters are linked. The RCMP are following leads and said this is an active investigation. In the interim, Bowen said residents are being asked to make sure property is secured and doors are locked.

The offenses occurred in the early morning, so Bowen said there were few witnesses, but anyone with information is asked to call Midway RCMP at 250-449-2244 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Election Signs

Amid multiple reports on social media of election signs being stolen or damaged, Grand Forks RCMP are letting people know it is an offence to damage election signs.

R/Cst. Darrel Hammond of the Grand Forks RCMP said they have received reports from at least two candidates that their signs have been removed or knocked down. Hammond said this is an offence under the elections act and, depending what is done to the sign, could easily become criminal mischief. However, there are no witnesses at this time.

Scammers beware

RCMP are warning residents of a new scam in the Boundary area.

According to R/Cst. Darrel Hammond, a card will appear in your post office box offering you $50 or $100 in free gas gift cards. Hammond said not to fall for it; there are a variety of ways the scam could work but you’ll most certainly be asked to pay fees or provide other personal information, making you a target for theft. Steer clear, and remember that if it seems too good to be true, it likely is.

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