Friday, January 19, 2024

Joint operation between Prince Rupert RCMP members and West Coast Marine Service bring stolen vessel back to port


Prince Rupert RCMP and West Coast Marine returning a 
stolen vessel back to its place at Cow Bay
(From Prince Rupert RCMP FB)

The Prince Rupert Detachment of the RCMP is sharing notes on some work over the last 24 hours that resulted in the return of a boat reported stolen from Cow Bay Marina on January 17th.

Working with the West Coast Marine Service, the Prince Rupert officers responded to report from a resident of Crippen Cove, who had seen the owners report of the stolen vessel on social media. 

The Crippen Cove community member advising that the vessel had been left onshore there.

West Coast Marine Services, a branch of the RCMP that serves the coast of British Columbia from the Washington state border all the way to Alaska, landed in Crippen Cove where they not only secured the boat and its contents they made an arrest in connection to the stolen boat. 

Prince Rupert RCMP members assisted in transporting the man to the RCMP detachment where he was processed.

Media Relations Officer Constable Brody Hemrich of the Prince Rupert Detachment noted of the cooperative spirt that brought the theft to a quick resolution.

"Files like this make members smile, when a community comes together to help one of their own and assist in an investigation it makes our job a lot easier and helps victims find justice. Not only were we able to locate the stolen boat, but because of the specialized training of the officers that responded to the call we were able to retrieve from it from the shore and tow it in." 

The vessel was subsequently returned to the Cow Bay dock from where it began its unsanctioned journey. 

If you have any information regarding the theft of the 16 foot Broadwater Skiff please contact the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-624-2136 to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Some background on the case file can be reviewed here.

More Notes on Emergency Responder files from across the Northwest can be reviewed here.

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