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Frauds, break-ins, and threat of school shooting keep RCMP on their toes

Annapolis RCMP Crime Report looks at the weekly calls for service police answer.
Annapolis RCMP Crime Report looks at the weekly calls for service police answer. - Lawrence Powell
BRIDGETOWN, N.S. —

Annapolis District RCMP had another busy week of calls that included frauds, break-ins, and even a threat of a school shooting. The calls kept RCMP on their toes.

Here are some of the highlights:

April 8, 2019

MIDDLETON – Police received reports of internet fraud. It was reported that the victim had an alleged virus on the computer and a notice came up that it could be fixed. The victim in this case allowed remote access into the computer after which the person said it had been fixed for $300 but ‘accidentally’ put $8,000 into the complainant’s bank account. Unfortunately, being honest, the victim sent the $8,000 back via Purolator to an address in BC only to find out this was all a scam. The bank was notified and the investigation remains open.

PHINNEY’S COVE – A caller reported receiving a letter from Cash Money for an outstanding loan for $432.90. The complainant had never heard of this company and did not take a loan from these good folks. She also has been made aware of three recent attempts to get credit cards in her name. The investigation remains open.

WILMOT – An officer observed a vehicle driving in the wrong lane. This was a bit of a giveaway and kind of screamed ‘check me, check me!’ In closing the distance, the vehicle sped off. Shortly thereafter, we found out why said driver wasn’t that keen on speaking with the police. The driver was arrested for impaired driving having breath samples over three times the legal limit. He will be appearing in court next month.

MIDDLETON – A Instagram/Snap Chat message that someone felt was a ‘joke’ caused a great deal of stress and chaos for a few days at Middleton Regional High School. A student received a message on Instagram that ‘MRHS was going to be shot up FRIDAY’ and disseminated it via snap chat to her followers, which needless to say went viral. A Hold-and-Secure was implemented at Middleton Regional High School on Friday without incident. The investigation remains ongoing and the RCMP are asking any member of the public who has information on this incident, to please contact us.

April 10

WALDECK – RCMP responded to a three-vehicle collision following a wake-up call that winter is not quick done with us yet. A car was in the north-bound ditch, another vehicle on the side of the road with damage to the back end, and a truck in the opposite ditch. After speaking with all parties, it was determined car #1 slid off into the ditch due to road conditions. While tow truck was attempting to pull out her vehicle, car #2 stopped, put hazards on and waited patiently for the tow to do his thing. The third came over the hill hitting the parked vehicle before going off into the ditch himself. RCMP would like to remind the public to drive with due car and attention based on road conditions. Luckily everyone was okay, because this could have turned out much worse!

MAITLAND BRIDGE – The RCMP attended Keji to assist the warden with a suspicious vehicle. There is no camping at the front of the park this time of year but there is at the back country….still a chilly time of year to be camping! Campers are required to self-register. The vehicle had been there for a few days. The warden may issue a ticket for illegal camping so this might be the first unhappy camper at Keji this year.

MIDDLETON – There was a hit-and-run at Middleton Arena. The owner reported his vehicle was there the previous night between 8 to 10:30 p.m. The next morning he noticed a large dent on the driver’s side door. There was extensive damage so it appears the culprit who would have hit the vehicle would have known. I anyone has information on this incident, please feel free to pass it along to us.

April 11

BRIDGETOWN – A caller reported that she heard foot steps outside. The officer made a patrol and dutifully followed where the footsteps led – straight to the bushes. In behind, ever so quietly, huddled our suspects, on all fours, hooved and doe eyed. The caller was advised and very relieved.

April 12

WILMOT – Police responded to a break-and-enter into a business. Sometime between 8 p.m. on the night of the April 11 and 8 a.m. on the morning of April 12, someone broke into the complainant’s store and also the adjacent McCabe’s Flooring as well. Extensive damage was done inside. The RCMP are actively investigating and would welcome any info from the public on this crime.

MIDDLETON – Another break-and-enter was reported. One of the back windows was broken but it does not appear that anyone gained entry.

ALBANY NEW – A caller reported an ATV side-by-side on fire. The fire department had put out fire before the police arrived. Nothing suspicious but unfortunately the ATV was destroyed which appears to have started from the transmission.

NICTAUX – Multiple calls were received about a slide at the playground on fire. RCMP and fire services made a patrol and the fire was extinguished. There was a large hole in the side of slide where the fire burned through. Who does that? The investigation is ongoing.

MIDDLETON – Police received reports of young children riding bicycles without helmets and yelling profanities. The RCMP should not have to remind parents that it is dangerous for kids to ride bikes without helmets. Failing to wear a helmet risks a fine of $151.25 for a first offence. Parents also risk fines if they let their children under 16 do these sports without a helmet.

April 13

WEST DALHOUSIE – Police received reports of a car with a very loud muffler driving around the community disturbing the residents. A patrol was made but the vehicle was not located. Operating a motor vehicle in a manner that causes loud and unnecessary noise can result in a fine of $237.50 under section 188 of the Motor Vehicle Act. Get it fixed please.

MOUNTIE MEMO: With the upcoming Easter long weekend on its way, Mounties will be increasing patrols and conducting road safety check-stops for impaired driving. If caught under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle, we can guarantee it won’t be the Easter Bunny you will be seeing, rather a stern looking judge!

This weekly report is compiled by Const. Cheryl Ponee of the Annapolis District RCMP. Crimes, or information on crimes, can be reported to the Annapolis RCMP at 825-2000 in Middleton, or 665-4481 in Bridgetown. Information on crimes can also be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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