Police warn of fraud

"People need to be wary. If they think something is suspicious or too good to be true, it probably is," said RCMP Sgt. Stephen Rose.

Police got report of an attempted fraud at 10:30 a.m. March 31. Sgt. Rose says a potential buyer contacted a Houston resident with items posted on Craigslist. The so-called buyer send a fraudulent bank draft ten-times the value of the item.

Sgt. Rose says another fraud common this time of year is one claiming to be from Canada Revenue Agency, asking for bank information to finalize a tax return. “That is not how CRA works,” Sgt. Rose said.

“People need to be wary. If they think something is suspicious or too good to be true, it probably is.”

Fraud can be reported to police or Scam Busters.


Police got report of two panhandlers asking for bus ticket money at the Houston Shopping Centre at 5:30 p.m. March 27. Sgt. Rose says panhandling is not illegal but people should be wary about offering cash. “You can’t be certain it is for the purpose they say,” Sgt. Rose said.


Police are requesting an arrest warrant for a female for breaching conditions. RCMP Sgt. Stephen Rose says she was reported at 2:30 p.m. March 26 for being at a home on the Tatchet Reserve where she wasn’t allowed.


Police got report of a suspicious circumstance at the Duck Pond at 7 p.m. March 26. Sgt. Rose says a female was seen burning piles of clothes, but was gone when police arrived. Police have no suspects and anyone with information is asked to contact Houston RCMP at 250-845-2204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Police arrested a drunk male in an apartment common area on Hagman Crescent at 6:10 p.m March 28. Sgt. Rose says the male was held in custody until sober and ticketed for being drunk in public.


Police arrested a male for break in and assault at a home on Hagman Crescent at 6:30 p.m. March 29. Sgt. Rose says the male allegedly broke into an apartment he was not allowed to be in and assaulted her. The male faces charges for break and enter, assault and breach.


A vehicle hit a deer on Highway 16 near the Morice River Road at 9:10 p.m. March 30. Sgt. Rose says the driver was not injured, damage was minor and the deer ran away.


Someone turned in a kids bike at 9:45 a.m. March 31. Sgt. Rose says the bike has ingrained initials and the owner can give a description to police at the Houston Detachment to claim the bike.


A vehicle hit another vehicle on Butler Avenue at 10:30 a.m. March 31. Sgt. Rose says damage to both vehicles was minor and no one was injured. One driver was ticketed for reversing unsafely.


A shoplifter was caught on camera at a local business at 1:15 p.m. March 31. Sgt. Rose says police are working to arrest the suspect.


Two vehicles collided in the parking lot of the Houston Shopping Centre at 1:50 p.m. March 31. Sgt. Rose says damage was minor, no one was injured, and both drivers were given tickets for reversing unsafely.


In six days, police got 49 calls for service, including seven traffic and one bylaw complaint, three false alarms and one abandoned 9-1-1 call.


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