Number of thefts up here


The number of thefts under $5,000 reported in Rainy River District was up from 10 in February to 17 in March.
A total of 12 of the incidents were in Fort Frances, Insp. Steve Shouldice reported at the Police Services Board meeting Tuesday.
These included one theft of a play structure, three bike thefts, one failure to pay for gas, and three shoplifting occurrences.
There also were two thefts of wallets, two thefts of electronic devices, and three thefts of cash/credit cards.
Stolen in Atikokan were copper wire and a boat and outboard motor.
There also was an increase in the number of sexual assaults locally, rising from zero in February to three in March.
All of the incidents occurred in Fort Frances, with charges laid in two investigations.
The other investigation is ongoing.
As well, impaired driving was up from six incidents in February to seven in March, with five of these in Fort Frances.
There was a total of 30 traffic accidents causing property damage, compared to 25 in February, with 15 of these in Fort Frances.
And there were three accidents causing personal injury, compared to two in February, with one of these occurring in Fort Frances.
Meanwhile, break and enters were down from 11 in February to three in March.
Two of these took place in Fort Frances, resulting in three bikes being stolen from a garage and Oxycontin from a residence.
Incidents of mischief were down from 10 in February to eight in March (seven of which occurred Fort Frances).
They included damage to vehicles, damage to houses, and tires being slashed.
Assaults also were down from 13 in February to 11 in March (six of these were in Fort Frances).
All of the 13 were minor assaults, seven of which were domestic-related, with charges being laid in eight cases.
Five occurrences were investigated by the Community Drug Action Team in March, resulting in Oxycontin and cash being seized and three people charged.
The month of March also saw a total of 52 Criminal Code charges laid in Fort Frances, compared to 44 in February.
There were 23 charges under the Highway Traffic Act (29), 19 under the Liquor Licence Act (10), three under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (zero), six under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (five), three under other provincial statutes (three), and three under a municipal bylaw (zero).
In other news, the annual OPP bike auction will not take place this spring but instead be held in the fall.
This is because there are not enough bikes to warrant an auction at this time.
As previously reported, it also was announced Tuesday that Insp. Shouldice has been named as commander of the Rainy River District OPP detachment.
He replaces Insp. John Kendrick, who has accepted an inspector position with Thunder Bay OPP Regional Command.
Insp. Shouldice officially becomes the new detachment commander April 30.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Phil Donald worked his last shift April 12. His official retirement date is June 30.
And the process to hire the administrative clerk position at the Fort Frances detachment has been initiated.
Bonnie Hoskins, who worked at the detachment for more than 30 years, has retired.