Police blotter

Tagger gets tagged; Cow hunting?

Newfoundland: Police have finally laid a charge in the case of the truck that went into the sea after being on a wharf in Notre Dame Bay in the early hours of New Year’s Eve. The three men in the vehicle escaped before the pickup sank into the icy waters. One is charged with driving imprudently.

Ontario: Two men reportedly cleaned out a North Bay home, allegedly getting away with $17,000 worth of personal effects after backing up a U-Haul to the home and kicking in the front door. Then the pair loaded power tools, several TVs and other electronics into the trailer and drove away. Police are investigating.

Manitoba: A 20-year-old man is facing 59 counts of mischief after allegedly painting graffiti on everything from bridges to railway cars. Winnipeg police, who reportedly seized spray cans as well as videos and photos during a search of the suspect’s home, say the nearly-two-year-long crime spree caused more than $125,000 in damage.

Saskatchewan: The Indian Head RCMP are searching for the person who used a bow and arrow to shoot and kill a cow in a field a few kilometres south of McLean, just before Christmas. Police note that the carcass of the mature cow wasn’t removed from the pasture.

Alberta: A Trochu farmer and his son caught an alleged thief while he was trying to steal fuel from their property. The two tied him up with a lasso, and, since the man’s pyjama pants had slid down to his ankles, left him to “sit there bare-assed in the snow till the cops showed up,” the son explained. The man is facing various charges in connection to his alleged thefts.

British Columbia: Two men were stabbed after being interrupted while allegedly robbing an apartment in Esquimalt. The police, who are recommending charges including breaking and entering, tracked down the suspects by following a trail of blood.