Some of the stolen statues. Supplied photos

Some of the stolen statues. Supplied photos

Gargoyles stolen from Fanny Bay

RCMP Briefs: Driver’s excuse at road check doesn’t sound quite right

Someone is stealing gargoyles and other statues in a community south of Courtenay.

Comox Valley RCMP received a report on Jan. 1 of a break-in at a fenced compound at the 7500-block of Island Highway South in Fanny Bay.

The break-and-enter occurred sometime between that day and Dec. 31, 2020. The culprits or culprits had likely been in the area for a while, police say, as several statues worth hundreds of dollars and weighing hundreds of pounds were stolen. Anyone who observed suspicious behaviour, vehicles in the area, has dash-cam footage or knows the whereabouts of these stolen statues is asked call police. (Ref. 2020-38)

Slight time discrepancy on New Year’s Eve

Frontline members of the Comox Valley RCMP were busy in the Comox Valley as the new year came in, as they had to respond to a large number of calls.

One driver passing through a road check told an officer she had had her last drink at 10 p.m., yet it was only 9:30 p.m. Some further investigation led the officer to believe the driver’s ability to operate her vehicle was impaired, and she was issued a driving prohibition for 90 days and had her car impounded for 30 days.

As well, there were three reports of shots fired and six reports of fireworks before midnight.

Dog lured by granola bar

On Jan. 1, a member of the Comox Valley RCMP Bike Unit located a large dog running in traffic. The animal was standing in the middle of the 5th Street Bride while traffic was forced to a standstill. The officer came up with a plan to lure the animal and commandeered a snack from one of the drivers stuck in traffic. With bystanders and other police officer helping, they used a granola bar to lure the dog into the back of a police truck. The animal ate the snack and was taken to the detachment to wait for his owner to retrieve him.

Checking door handles leads to arrest

Comox Valley RCMP received a report of a man checking car door handles as he walked through the parking lot near Winners on Dec. 22. Police attended and found the man, placing him under arrest. It appeared the suspect had not been able to gain entry into any of the vehicles. RCMP says this is an important reminder to call police to report suspicious behaviour and help reduce crime in the community. (Ref. Comox Valley 2020-20537)

Reporting to the RCMP

Would you like to report a crime? Do you have information about a crime that has already happened? Would you like to remain anonymous? You have several options:

Emergency – Call 911

911 is used for emergencies only when an immediate police response is required. This would be when lives are in danger and/or there is a crime in progress.

Non-Emergency Comox Valley RCMP 250-338-1321

The non-emergency phone line can be used when an immediate police response is not required.

Online Crime Reporting

This is a convenient option that can be used to make a police report not requiring an immediate police response.

Crime Stoppers – 1-800-222-8477 or

Crime Stoppers is for use in specific circumstances, enables you to provide tips anonymously and should not be confused with online crime reporting. By submitting information to Crime Stoppers, you will never be required to go to court and may be eligible to receive a reward. Crime Stoppers is not to be used in an emergency that requires an immediate response as there might be some delay getting the information to police. If Crime Stoppers is unable to ensure your anonymity, they will be unable to forward your information to investigators. If you are a victim of a crime and looking to make a police report, call the non-emergency number, or dial 911 if it is an emergency. Please do not use Crime Stoppers in a situation where you need a police officer to contact you about your complaint.

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