This Week in Policing – May 29, 2009

This week was a milestone for Vancouver’s Crime Stoppers when they celebrated their 25 year anniversary.  A non-profit organization, Crime Stoppers works with the police, the media and the community to provide a service where people can call in to leave anonymous tips about crime in their area.  Once tips are evaluated, the information is passed on to the appropriate police agency for follow up and investigation.

The program has been instrumental in the solving of several high profile cases in recent years, and since it’s inception in 1985, Crime Stoppers has helped clear over 11,000 cases. 

Let’s hope Crime Stoppers can help with the following case – The Vancouver Police are asking for assistance in identifying a man involved in a incident earlier this week. 



On May 23rd, a man approached a 13 year old girl who was sitting alone in a car parked in the 300 block West 6th Avenue and spoke to her through the open window.  When the girl exited the car the man took hold of her arm and started leading her towards a nearby lane, but the girl was able to break free and run into a business. 

The man, depicted above in a composite sketch, was wearing a cream coloured sweater with a collared shirt underneath, brown cargo shorts and black dress shoes, and was described as:

  • 45 years old
  • 5’6″
  • 140 lbs
  • olive skinned
  • short black hair
  • thick black eyebrows

Anyone with any information is asked to call investigators at (604)717-3117 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


In other news, the Odd Squad Production Society is hosting it’s first annual Gala Fundraiser for ON TRACK, a program geared towards helping today’s youth “set goals, lay their own track, and stay on it by staying drug free.”  Funds raised through this even will help the Society continue it’s drug awareness programs.  The Gala will be held on Monday, June 8th at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.  For more information on, please visit the Odd Squad’s website.


And of course the week isn’t complete without a bit of weird news…this time from Wellington, New Zealand, brought to us by CN News:

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Polly wants a passport — and isn’t above stealing one.

A brazen parrot, which spotted a Scottish man’s passport in a colored bag in the luggage compartment under a tour bus, nabbed the document and made off into dense bush with it, the Southland Times newspaper reported Friday.

The bird — a parrot of the Kea variety — made its move while the bus was stopped along the highway to Milford Sound on South Island, and the driver was looking through the compartment. Milford Sound, which runs inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock face, is part of Fiordland National Park, a world heritage site and major travel destination.

Police told the newspaper the passport has not been recovered and is unlikely to be located in the vast Fiordland rain forest.

“My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The Kea’s probably using it for fraudulent claims or something,” the passport owner, who did not want to be named, told the newspaper.


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