Police nab young thief raiding unlocked vehicles

A 14-year-old boy with stolen goods in hand was traced from fresh footprints in the snow Monday early morning near Safeway.

Winter conditions helped police nab a culprit this week when a youth was picked up for taking valuables from unlocked cars in East Trail.

A 14-year-old boy with stolen goods in hand was traced from fresh footprints in the snow Monday early morning near Safeway and now the Trail and Greater District Detachment is tasked with returning valuables to their rightful owners.

“This time, there were some gift cards, electronics, cash and other items recovered,” explained Sgt. Darren Oelke, who believes the “kid” known to the police is solely responsible for the thefts.

Police would like to remind everyone to remove items of value and lock their vehicles when unattended.

“We seem to get little rashes of vehicle thefts from time to time,” said Oelke. In fact, such was the case in Miral Heights just before the holiday season.

“Always the same thing, car unlocked and usually loose change taken,” he added.

“Unlocked vehicles are such an easy target for thieves.”

If your vehicle was parked in East Trail and you are missing anything from it, contact the Trail detachment at 250-364-2566.


Montrose fire contained to living room

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire is awaiting confirmed details on the cause of a house fire in Montrose over the holiday season.

Ten firefighters from Trail, Fruitvale and Montrose responded to a structure fire on 10th Avenue just after 4 a.m. on Dec. 27.

“They discovered it in the wood insert in their fireplace and it did cause some damage around the actual fireplace,” explained regional fire chief Terry Martin when the Times followed up Monday.

The small fire caused about $10,000 of estimated damage but was contained to the living room area.

“There wasn’t a lot of water or smoke damage to the rest of the home,” added Martin.

There were no injuries to any of the occupants, nor to any firefighters who responded.

While Martin considers the blaze minor he is still mindful of how traumatic such an experience can be.

“No fire is minor if you think about it because it always displaces somebody or upsets a family,” he said. “We want to make sure everybody is safe out there.”

Just Posted

RCMP: Trail wildfire investigation continues

The fire broke out behind KBRH the late afternoon of Sept. 11

What you see …

If you have a recent photo to share email it to editor@trailtimes.ca

Storm the Stairs and Trail Kidney Walk this weekend

Grapevine: Events in the Trail area for the week of Sept. 20 to Sept. 26

Kootenay Robusters end 18th paddling season

Women of Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Christina Lake and Grand Forks came together in 2001

Military exercises may be audible in Trail

The exercises will be conducted in the Trail area from Thursday to Sunday

Fashion Fridays: Rock some animal print

Kim XO, lets you in on the latest fall fashion trends on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

Most Read