Cougar Sighting

Nelson Police Department File 2015-421


On January 28, 2014 at approximately 10:07 pm, the Nelson Police Department received a complaint of a possible cougar sighting in the area of Crease Street and West Innes Street.

The Nelson Police Department would like to remind the public that if you come into contact with a cougar that does not run away, stay calm, stand your ground and do not back down.  Back away slowly if possible and when safe to do so.  Pick up children, but DO NOT BEND DOWN, TURN YOUR BACK OR RUN.  Running triggers an innate predatory response in cougars which could lead to an attack.

Raise your voice and speak firmly.  Raise your arms to make yourself look larger, clap your hands, and throw something you might have in your hands.  Do not bend down to pick up any items to throw.  This action may trigger a pounce response in a cougar.

Please report any cougar sightings to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.

Media Release: Arson Arrest

On October 4th 2014, the Nelson Police Department and the Nelson Fire Department attended a suspicious fire in the lower level of a Nelson Heritage Building located at 303 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC.

The fire had started in the basement and storage area below the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences which occupies the upper floor of the building. There are also two private residences above where the fire was started.  All occupants were able to safely exit their residences and the fire was extinguished in time to save the building. Total damage was estimated to be at $25 000 dollars.

After a lengthy investigation, the Nelson Police Department arrested and formally charged a 19 year- old Creston resident on January 22, 2015 for Arson. He was released on a Recognizance of Bail with strict conditions and is scheduled to appear in Nelson Provincial Court on February 3rd, 2015.

Media Release: Theft of Narcotics and Assault

Members of the Nelson Police Department have arrested the person responsible for stealing a quantity of narcotics from a local pharmacy on January 18, 2015. Unfortunately, police were unable to recover the drugs – the investigation is on-going but – in the interim, the public should be aware that these drugs, administered by a person other than a qualified physician could cause serious harm or death to an individual?

The 26 year-old female of no fixed address was released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking and is scheduled to attend Nelson Provincial Court on March 3, 2015. She is facing a charge of Break and Entering a Business.

Police File: #2015-0269

On January 21, 2015 at 0645 hours, a 26 year-old female attended the front counter of the Nelson Police Department and reported that she was assaulted in an apartment in the 400 block of Ward Street within the last 30 minutes. She sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene by the BC Ambulance Service. Nelson Police attended the scene and located the 45 year-old male who was arrested with assault with a weapon. He was released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking and is scheduled to attend Nelson Provincial Court on April 28, 2015. The investigation is ongoing and a mental health team was brought in to assess the Nelson resident.

Police File: #2015-294

Media Release: Shopping Spree

On Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 3:45pm, 2 females entered a retail store and left without paying for a few valuable items after spending a considerable amount of time in the store. A good description of the getaway vehicle and the occupants was broadcast to all police agencies in the Kootenays. After the duo left the store, they allegedly drove to a local grocery store and walked out without paying for a substantial amount of groceries and housewares.

With the assistance of the Nelson RCMP, the Nelson Police Department arrested two females aged 36 and 53 years old with 2 counts each of theft under $5000 dollars and 2 counts each of possession of stolen property. The younger female was also arrested for an unendorsed warrant for theft under $5000 dollars and Breach of Undertaking.

The 53 year-old Castlegar woman was released on a Promise to Appear and strict conditions with a scheduled Nelson Provincial Court date of April 28, 2015. A bail hearing was conducted on January 16, 2015 for the other female of no fixed address and she was remanded for Nelson Provincial Court on January 20, 2015.

File Number: 2015-0217

Media Release: January 14, 2015

Nelson Police Department File 2015-166

On January 12, 2015 the Nelson Police Department received a call for service from a local business that received a telephone call from a person claiming to be employed by a local hydro company. The person stated that the business’ power was going to be disconnected in 30 minutes unless the business owner purchased money cards and followed the instructions provided.

The Nelson Police Department wants to take this opportunity to warn residents and businesses of scams, and to advise that if you receive a call similar to this, do not provide any personal or account information. In addition, to check the validity of the request by hanging up and calling the local hydro company mentioned to ensure there is some credence to the call. If you are still not satisfied that the call is valid, please call the Nelson Police Department at (250) 354-3919 or PhoneBusters at 1-888-495-8501.

Nelson Police Department File 2015-180


On January13, 2015 the Nelson Police Department received a call for service for a commercial break and enter in the 400 block of Baker St that is believed to have occurred between January 11, 2015 and January 13, 2015. Once entry was gained, two geode rocks and one lapis rock were taken, each weighing approximately 30 pounds. The Nelson Police Department is requesting anyone with information regarding this matter to please contact the Nelson Police Department at (250) 354-3919 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477


Media Release: December 11, 2014

December CounterAttack Campaign 2014


The Nelson Police Department is actively participating in the December CounterAttack Campaign. Nelson officers will be on streets of Nelson working hard to eliminate the dangers of impaired drivers. Impaired drivers are those who chose to drive while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is affected by alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines. People found to be driving while impaired, face possible immediate road side driving prohibitions of up to 90 days, having the vehicle they were driving impounded up to 30 days along with having to pay all of the associated costs. Drivers could also be facing Criminal Code charges of impaired driving.

The men and women of the Nelson Police Department are asking those who choose to partake over the holiday season to refrain from driving. Take a taxi, call a friend, use transit, walk or make other arrangements. Lives may depend on your good sense. Take a stand and don’t let impaired driver’s get behind the wheel.

On average 86 people die in BC every year in crashes involving impaired driving. Please join us to reduce this number.

Domestic Dispute 2014-5949

Police were called to a loud domestic dispute in progress in uphill Nelson. Neighbors reported hearing loud arguing and the sounds of items being thrown. They were worried that somebody was going to get hurt. Police attended within minutes of receiving the report.

Upon attendance the officers witnessed two intoxicated adults having a tug of war over a dog. Broken dishes and empty beers cans littered the area. The combatants both claimed to police that they alone, were the best keeper of the pet. Fortunately, police were able to convince the participants to release the dog without harming it. Once apart the animal was safely secured. The officers interviewed the disputants separately. After a lengthy and emotional negotiation, the officers were able to piece together enough information to formulate a plan that all could agree upon.

The dog was placed with its rightful owner. Police drove one of the participants to their residence and both parties agreed to reconvene the discussion when the effects of the alcohol and marijuana had worn off.

Police contacted both parties the following day and cooler heads prevailed. Hopefully, the friendship can be salvaged and boundaries can be respected.

No charges are expected.

Keys anyone?


Along with answering over 6000 calls for service every year ranging from violent crimes to elementary school parking issues, the Nelson Police Department strives to serve our community. One of the ways in which we serve is to maintain a container of found keys. We have keys for all makes of cars and trucks that people have turned in at our downtown location. Lost yours? Drop by 606 Stanley Street and look through our collection. Who knows, your vehicle keys may be here.

November 23, 2014: Media Release

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The Nelson Police Department wants everyone to reach their destination safely this holiday season. With winter driving conditions upon us drivers should be aware that changing a few driving habits will keep them and others safe on our roads.

Posted speed limits are for ideal travel conditions. On winter roads, be aware there could be ice. Driving at reduced speeds is a great precautionary measure against slippery conditions.

Increase your distance between other vehicles as stopping distance on an icy road is double the stopping distance on a dry one.

Clear all snow and frost from your vehicle before driving so that you can see and be seen.

Ensure you have windshield washer fluid that is rated for winter use so you can keep your windshield clean and your line of vision clear.

Have extra winter wear in your vehicle, such as toques, mittens and winter boots. Keep a road safety kit and shovel in your vehicle.

Be aware of road conditions before you set out. If road conditions are unfavorable, the safest strategy is to avoid driving.

As always, keep in mind the basic safety rules: buckle up, slow down, drive with caution, be aware, be alert, be sober, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and keep focused on the road.

Have safe and happy travels!

Telephone Scam

The Nelson Police Department is advising residents and businesses about a telephone scam that has been reported. Businesses are contacted and advised that the caller is from a local Hydro company and that their power is about to be cut off. To make sure this doesn’t happen, the caller advises that a “Pay Power Reload Pack” is required and it can be obtained from one of the grocery stores in town. The caller will instruct the person to attend the grocery store and buy one of the Pay Power Reload cards then call back at a number given to provide a serial number on the back of the card. The card is similar to a prepaid credit card.

Nelson Police want to take this opportunity to warn residents and businesses of scams, and to advise that if you receive a call similar to this, to check the validity of it by hanging up and calling the local business named to ensure there is some credence to the call, and if you are still not satisfied that it is valid, please call Nelson Police.

NPD File # 2014-5661 refers.

Janet Scott-Pryke
Nelson Police Department