Theft, robbery, assault — Comox Valley RCMP saw it all

Here's what the Comox Valley RCMP investigated from Feb. 14 to 21:

Here’s what the Comox Valley RCMP investigated from Feb. 14 to 21:

Feb. 15

Police responded to a report of robbery by the night manager of the 7-11 at 2295 Cliffe Ave. A man entered the store brandishing a knife. The man then threatened the manager and demanded money. Through investigation a man was identified and arrested. He will appear in court at a later date.

Three large garbage bins were reported stolen. The bins may have been sold. This investigation is continuing.

A theft from a locker was reported by a patron of the Comox Valley Fitness for Women located at 960 England Ave. A purse and clothing was left in the locker while working out and the items were found to be missing, when the patron returned. This investigation is continuing.

A woman had her hair set on fire in Cumberland. The woman did not require medical attention and this investigation will continue.

A break, enter and theft occurred at a residence in the 800 block of Back Road. A laptop computer was stolen. The investigation continues.

Feb. 16

A motor vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Guthrie Road and Aspen Drive. Police determined that an unlicenced driver had borrowed a friend’s truck. When returning the truck, he ran into a traffic light pole while turning left. The driver was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for being an unlicensed driver.

A woman entered the Liquor Store at 1095 Cliffe Ave. and stole two bottles of vodka. The woman was later identified and police are now looking for her on theft charges. Shortly after this incident, a second woman attempted to steal a bottle of liquor but was stopped prior to leaving the store.

Comox Valley RCMP received a report of fraud from the Play and Trade at 795 Ryan Rd. The store notified police that a woman had purchased items with a fraudulent credit card in December. Police are aware of this woman and this investigation continues.

A hit-and-run incident occurred at the parking lot at 215 Port Augusta St. It was reported that a Chevrolet pickup with a camper on it backed up, hitting their vehicle, then left the scene without stopping to provide their information. The owner of the suspect vehicle was located and charged under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Feb. 17

An abandoned van was reported half in the ditch on Highway 19A near the Buckley Bay ferry terminal. No occupants were located. The vehicle was removed as it posed a hazard to other motorists.

RCMP received a report that a purse had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The theft occured while the vehicle was parked in the parking lot at Costco. Police remind people to remove valuables from their vehicles and to ensure the doors are locked.

A duo was seen shoplifting at Walmart. The store security reported a man and woman inside the store removing items from their packaging and then putting them inside their clothing. RCMP arrived just in time to arrest both for theft under $5000 and possession of stolen property.

A man was seen covered in blood and yelling on Piercy Avenue near Lewis Avenue. The distressed man was located by police and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Feb. 18

Police received a report of an impaired driver travelling westbound on Ryan Road. Police were told a small white car had crossed the center line, and oncoming vehicles had to swerve in order to avoid a collision. The car was located and police determined that an inexperienced driver had crossed the center line after taking her eyes off the road to look at the dash area. The driver and the supervisor were warned.

Feb. 19

A Courtenay business owner reported that he had been assaulted after asking a man to leave his property. The alleged suspect was riding a skateboard on the property and was asked to leave several times. The man is alleged to have become aggressive and knocked the business owner to the ground. This investigation is continuing.

RCMP investigated an assault in the 1300 block of Ocean View Ave. A man, known to the victim, punched him in the head while he was dropping off a family member. The man was arrested for assault and released with a future court date.

Sometime overnight, a vehicle parked in the area of 2100 Hawk Drive had been spray painted with a strip of black on both of the passenger side doors.

Security staff at Safeway attempted to detain a shoplifter but he ran. The suspect has since been identified and is now arrestable for theft. This investigation is continuing.

A snowboarder was injured while skiing out of bounds at Mount Washington. Search and Rescue was activated and was able to successfully evacuate the snowboarder by helicopter at transport them to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

A truck’s tires were slashed while parked on the street in the area of the 1500 block of Dingwall Road.