Tofino RCMP reports: Stolen surfboard found

Man prohibited from drinking found drunk Ahousaht RCMP received a call alleging a disturbance was taking place at an Ahousaht residence on Feb. 27 around 7 p.m. Sgt. Anderson said the caller told police they could hear yelling coming from inside the residence and had heard someone yelling about an axe.

Police arrived but could hear nothing from outside and no one answered when they knocked on the door.

Concerned about the mention of an axe police feared the worst and forced their way into the house, accordingsa to Anderson.

One man was found inside sleeping on a couch. The man was woken up and determined to be intoxicated.

A check of the man’s ID revealed he was under a recognizance that prohibited him from consuming alcohol, according to Anderson.

Anderson said the man was arrested and remanded in custody for a future court date.

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Tofino RCMP tracked down a stolen surfboard on Feb. 28 around 11:20 a.m. The board had been missing for about four months after being reported stolen in October 2013 but a local spotted it in the back of a pick-up truck last week and called the police, according to Sgt. James Anderson.

Anderson said the board’s new owner told police he had purchased it from a local shop in October; the same month it had been reported stolen.

The owner of the surf shop that allegedly sold the stolen board told police he remembered the board because of its uniqueness but could not provide any more information.

“Sad to say the new owner of the surf board who bought it legitimately lost possession of it and it was returned to its rightful owner,” Anderson said.

Drunk attempt to run from police fails An intoxicated man who tried to evade police was arrested on Feb. 27 around 6 p.m. Ahousaht RCMP received a report alleging a man was passed out near the lighthouse and while en route police observed a man stumbling up the road nearby, according to Sgt. Anderson.

Anderson said police attempted to speak with the male but he responded with obscenties and continued walking away.

The man then attempted to take off running but had difficulty doing so due to his level of intoxication and was quickly captured, Anderson said.

Police arrested the man for causing a disturbance and he was detained in cells until being released without charges once he’d sobered up.

Police called to skate park twice last week Tofino RCMP received a report of a disturbance at Tuff City Skate Park that involved a group of people yelling at each other and possibly fighting on Feb. 25 around 2:45 a.m. One of the group was reportedly seen running half-naked down the street from park, according to Sgt. James Anderson.

Anderson said the group was gone by the time police arrived.

Police were called back to the skate park on March 1 around 6:15 p.m. after receiving a report alleging a person was at the park with open liquor.

Anderson said police arrived and found a woman’s purse containing an open can of beer next to 5 more cans of beer and a brown bag containing a sealed bottle of wine. The purse’s owner was located and admitted the liquor was hers, according to Anderson who said the woman was issued a violation ticket for having open liquor in public.

Man napping near school draws suspicion A man sleeping in his pickup truck parked near Wickaninnish Community School aroused suspicion and brought police attention on Feb. 26 around 2 p.m. Sgt. Anderson said the truck was parked for an extended period of time and police received a call from a concerned citizen who had become suspicious by its presence especially considering school was in session.

Police arrived and awoke the sleeping man who advised he had picked the location at random and that he would choose a different nap location next time, according to Anderson.

No impaired drivers found during two check-stops The Tofino and Ucluelet RCMP detachments joined forces to conduct a check-stop at the corner of Airport Road and the Pacific Rim Highway on Feb. 26 around 11 p.m.

Only five vehicles drove through the check-stop and all drivers were confirmed to be sober, according to Sgt. Anderson.

Anderson said Tofino RCMP conducted another check-stop on March 1 around 6:40 p.m. where about 40 drivers were checked at Campbell Street and Gibson Street.

Three written warnings were issued for various violations and one driver from Ontario was given a ticket for driving with an expired license, according to Anderson.

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