Power and backpack thefts highlight Sept. RCMP calls

Crime appears to be going down in Creighton and Denare Beach.

The detachment received 83 calls total from Creighton, Denare Beach and Sturgeon Landing throughout September.

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Creighton saw 37 total calls - about a 40 per cent drop in calls from last year, according to the detachment’s monthly report.

One assault call came in to dispatch. The call turned out to be unfounded, with the report saying the incident “seemed to be a matter of a young person making excuses for their behaviour to their parents.”

Six mischief matters were reported to police. Three included property damage, while the others involved public intoxication. One break and enter was reported at a cabin described in the report as “remote”.

A trio of thefts were called in, each considered shoplifting matters. Charges have been laid in all three cases.

Other calls included an alleged arson fire to a trailer and ice shack and a telephone fraud report.

A recent initiative by the detachment to increase calls from the public has also appeared to pay dividends.

“We are seeing an increase in suspicious persons files, as we are encouraging people to call in strange activities,” reads the report.

In Denare Beach, 43 calls were reported, including 10 mischief offenses. Three of the mischief offenses included youths damaging homes, while the others involved intoxicated people being unwilling to leave other people’s homes.

During the month, RCMP and Northern Village of Denare Beach administrators discovered someone was stealing electricity, but the victim did not press charges against the thief. Another call to authorities was made regarding a libel offence, along with animal alarms and abandoned vehicle calls.

A pair of assault calls, both involving fights, were called in to RCMP, but neither ended in charges. One robbery was reported to police after a youth took a backpack from another youth. A missing persons report was made, but by the time police attended the person’s home, the missing person had returned home.

One break and enter call was reported, coming from a man who said his brother was in his house and wearing his clothes. The call came from outside Denare Beach. Police investigated and found no wrongdoing.

“They share the residence and he doesn’t have any clothes in the house,” reads the RCMP report.

Three files were reported from Sturgeon Landing, including one disturbing the peace, one 911 Act file and a report of domestic assault that ended in charges.

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