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From poor piano to bad Banksy, it’s all in a day’s work for Annapolis District RCMP

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 - RCMP never know what the week will bring, But one thing’s certain – it never slows down.

From Jan. 14 to 21 the Annapolis District RCMP dealt with a not-so-great piano player, a budding Bansky graffiti artist, a couple of people who got burnt by scam artists, bogus bucks at two banks, and a couple of break-and-enters.

And there was the woman who thought the Royal Canadian Mounted Police did telephone repairs.

Following are some highlights of the week:

Jan. 14, 2019

SOUTH WILLIAMSTON – Police responded to break-and-enters into two barns that happened overnight. Several items were taken. Investigations resulted in two residential search warrants being executed and numerous items of stolen property seized. Two adult males have been charged and are currently before the courts.

LEQUILLE – A caller reported an on-line scam which caused him to lose $2800. He provided his banking information online to a person stating they would put $1,400 into his account to buy stream cards for them. RCMP are reminding the public that these online and phone scams are continuing and to never provide personal banking information.

CORNWALLIS – Yet another one. This time for $5000. The complainant stated she received a call from someone identifying themselves as being with the Royal Bank Credit Card Services. The caller asked her to purchase $5,000 in Google Play cards. RCMP are again reminding the public the Canada Revenue, Royal Bank, etc would never request Google or steam cards as payment for overdue taxes or credit cards!

Jan. 15, 2019

MIDDLETON – Caller went to a neighbour’s house and called 911 because her phone stopped working. The RCMP reminded her that the RCMP are not actually affiliated with Bell Aliant or other service providers. She was advised to call her phone company next time instead of 911, as currently we don’t train our emergency responders in phone repairs.

LAWRENCETOWN – RCMP received a call from EHS needing assistance with a male who was in need of medical attention but was nevertheless refusing to go with them. When the subject was informed the RCMP were on their way, he decided to listen to EHS and willingly went along. It appears we do have that affect on some people – in a good way J.

Jan. 16, 2019

PARKER MOUNTAIN – RCMP received reports of a two-door Acura, or possibly Infinity, speeding daily in the area. No license plate or temporary sticker was provided. RCMP are requesting the public if they see such a vehicle driving at excessive speeds, to please contact the Annapolis District RCMP.

SOUTH WILLIAMSTON – A complainant stated he got a call from the Canadian Cancer Society asking for money. When the complainant said no, the male caller threatened his wife and to burn the house down. Yes… because that is what Canadian Cancer Society VOLUNTEERS do. An obvious scam and RCMP are grateful the complainant notified the police to make the public aware.

CLEMENTSPORT – A caller reported that a male was in the common area of the building yelling and playing the piano. Apparently, he was no Elton John and the responding officer’s message to him went a bit like ‘Don’t go Breaking My Heart’ and make me take you to jail. The Elton John wannabe agreed to stay in his apartment and practice more before taking his act public!

Jan. 17, 2019

CLEMENTSPORT – A caller reported that a resident of the building had a taste for rather bad graffiti. He was no Vincent Van Gogh! RCMP officers attended and spoke with the NS Housing Authority who will follow up with our budding Banksy.

MIDDLETON – The Royal Bank reported receiving a $100 in counterfeit American currency. The following day in Bridgetown, the RBC also reported counterfeit currency being deposited via the ATM. These investigations remain open and the RCMP would like all business owners to be vigilant to this trend and report any suspicious activity.

Jan. 18, 2019

LAWRENCETOWN – Police received a report of an attempted break-in to a residence. There was damage to the front door but due to a sound lock, no entry was gained.

MIDDLETON – A concerned citizen reported a female carrying a suitcase along with several bags was at the Avery’s. The caller kindly assisted in carrying her bags and notified the RCMP out of concern for her safety. Police responded and assisted in ensuring the subject had suitable accommodation with a church prior to her onward journey to Yarmouth.

BRIDGETOWN – RCMP were conducting a check point when a car approached. One driver readily volunteered to having wine earlier. A Road Side test was given to which the driver blew a ‘Warning’ and was issued with a seven-day license suspension.

Jan. 19, 2019

WEST INGLISVILLE – RCMP received reports of a break-and-enter into a cabin sometime between late November and January in which a generator and sound system were taken. To his credit, the suspect turned himself in and took responsibility for his actions – good on you and we hope you sort yourself out.

NICTAUX – Police received a report of of another break-in with a Honda outboard motor and generator stolen from a shed. RCMP request anyone with any knowledge of where these items might be to please contact the Annapolis District RCMP.

NICTAUX – Police received a complaint of a red Dodge caravan, driver’s door open, swerving all over the road. The officer located the vehicle and spoke with the driver. Apparently his cigarette fell on the floor and as his window would not open, he had to open the van door to get it out. Hmmm, it’s a given that smoking kills but this just might expedite things a bit.

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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