Police vehicle targeted in arson attack

A police vehicle that was in for repairs at a local mechanic shop was set ablaze in an apparent act of vandalism early Thursday morning.

  • Sep. 3, 2015 9:00 a.m.
A police vehicle that was in for repairs at a local mechanic shop was set ablaze in an apparent act of vandalism in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A police vehicle that was in for repairs at a local mechanic shop was set ablaze in an apparent act of vandalism in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Arne Petryshen

A police vehicle that was in for repairs at a local mechanic shop was set ablaze in an apparent act of vandalism in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The vehicle — a marked Chevy Tahoe — was parked in the compound of Cranbrook Auto Repair awaiting work to be done later in the day.

RCMP are investigating the incident.

“This is most definitely a targeted arson against the local police,” said Staff Sgt. Dave Dubnyk. “The unfortunate part is this isn’t just an attack against the police but affects local residents as vehicles and other police assets are purchased with public funds.”

Ryan Johnson, co-owner of Cranbrook Auto Repair, said they were informed of the burning vehicle at their business at around 2 a.m. by Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services.

When they arrived, the truck was still on fire and crews were working to extinguish it. The fence at the opposite side of the compound had also been cut as an apparent entry way.

Johnson agreed the police vehicle was targeted.

“Nothing else in the yard was even touched or opened,” he said. “No damage to anything else.”

Johnson noted that a laptop secured in the vehicle was taken.

“Whoever stole it spent some time in there getting the bracket and everything apart to get it out,” he said.

The fire department had to cut the lock on the gate to enter the compound and put out the fire.

Johnson said that thankfully this is the first time anything like this has happened at the business.

He said that while the police are out a vehicle for the time being, it was also not a good day for the shop. The vandalism will likely also be paid for through the shop’s insurance.

“Technically as soon as a vehicle becomes worked on, our insurance starts to cover it,” he said.

“We had over $1,000 worth of work to be done on the vehicle this morning, so that’s out of our pockets now, and then potentially it might raise our insurance rates quite high — not to mention bad publicity.”

Police are following up on leads and encourage anyone with information to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

Cranbrook Arts has opened the doors of their  new gallery space to the public with their inaugural exhibit, Kootenay’s Best.
‘Kootenay’s Best’ opens Cranbrook Arts’ new gallery

This exhibit has been in the works for the past several months and features the work of more than 50 emerging and established artists from across the Kootenays

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Most Read