Meteghan RCMP lay arson charges in New Edinburgh fire

RCMP charge man as a result of vehicle fire in New Edinburgh

October 18, 2020, New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia…Meteghan RCMP have laid charges in relation to a vehicle fire that occurred on Tuesday October 13, 2020.

On October 13, Meteghan RCMP were called to a disturbance outside a lobster pound in New Edinburgh.  While on scene, police extinguished a vehicle that was on fire and heavily damaged.

The RCMP began the investigation and have charged 31-year-old, Michael Burton Nickerson, of Yarmouth County with Arson – Damage to Property.

Nickerson was arrested yesterday afternoon, October 17. He has been released from custody on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Digby Provincial Court December 21 at 9:30 a.m.

The RCMP has a significant presence in the Meteghan area, including general duty officers from several local detachments; officers from across the division and RCMP in Prince Edward Island with specialized training in de-escalation and crowd control. Our Division Liaison Team is also fully engaged in the area, continuing their work to build and maintain relationships among those involved.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Nova Scotia RCMP will continue to take steps to ensure that those who unlawfully interfere with or threaten the safety of any person or property may be held accountable in accordance with the laws of Canada.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Meteghan RCMP at 902-645-2326. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App. Police file # 2020-1514869 refers.

Police investigate break and enters into two Dartmouth businesses

Halifax Regional Police are investigating a break and enter into the Coast Gas station at 200 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth that occurred today at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Staff at the business arrived to open the store and discovered the front window had been broken and the cash register and a quantity of cash were taken.

At 10:45 a.m. Police responded to the One Stop Shop at 269 Windmill Road, Dartmouth and after staff discovered the window had been broken and the cash register and a quantity of money were taken.

The investigations are ongoing and are in the early stages.  Police are attempting to determine if the incidents are related to each other and to other recent break and enters in the Municipality.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or by using the P3 Tips app.

Case #20-122845

Case #20-122876

RCMP investigate fire at Pubnico fish plant

October 17, 2020, Middle West Pubnico, Nova Scotia… Yarmouth County RCMP is investigating suspicious fire that occurred to a building on Hwy. 335 in Middle West Pubnico.

Around midnight, Yarmouth County RCMP and West Pubnico Fire Department as well as other mutual aid fire departments responded to a building fire at a fish plant. The fish plant incurred significant damage, it was not occupied at the time and no employees were injured, a man is in hospital with life threatening injuries believed related to the fire.

The investigation has determined the fire to be suspicious and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact Yarmouth District RCMP at 902-742-9106. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

File # 2020-1246120

Don’t let your cottage be targeted by thieves this winter

Don’t let your cottage be targeted by thieves this winter

October 16, 2020, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia… Every year, the RCMP responds to multiple reports of break and enters at cottages and cabins during the winter months.

Break and enters are frequently crimes of opportunity at seasonal properties as they are often located in isolated areas, with decreased chances of criminal activity being noticed. This month, many cottage owners will be closing up their seasonal homes and Nova Scotia RCMP is offering some tips to keep seasonal homes free of thieves this winter:

  • Remove all valuables from your cottage (including firearms);
  • Lock / secure all doors and windows;
  • Ensure all windows are covered by closing curtains or blinds;
  • Ensure all out buildings (e.g., garage or shed) are secured. Remove valuables;
  • Don’t leave tools and items outside that could be used to break into your cottage. This includes ladders;
  • Ensure that your cottage is visited on a regular basis. Consider using a trail camera;
  • Ensure your property is well lit, with motion sensors and timers on lights;
  • Install an alarm system with a local contact person if you don’t live nearby.

“Consider forming a ‘cottage watch’ program with other cottage owners to have properties checked on during the off-season,” says Nova Scotia RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau. “The more difficult you make it for thieves to gain access to your property, the better.”

The RCMP will always check with neighbours if a break-in occurs in an area. We encourage community members to call to report suspicious activity and help to reduce property crime. Taking note of details such as a vehicle description, a license plate number, or a description of a driver can be a big help and lead to the recovery of stolen property and charges against those responsible.

ova Scotia RCMP can be contacted anywhere in the province by calling 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

Police Continue to Investigate Murder of Donald Jermaine Stevenson

Today is the tenth anniversary of the murder of Donald Jermaine Stevenson and investigators with the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate the case.

At 8:06 p.m. on October 16, 2010, Halifax Regional Police received a call about a shooting inside a residence in the 0-100 block of Jarvis Lane in Halifax. Upon arrival, officers located 21-year-old Donald Stevenson who had been shot and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators believe that a man wearing a skull mask and dark clothing entered the residence and shot Donald. The suspect fled the scene on foot, heading northbound across Duffus Street onto Dartmouth Avenue where he got into the passenger seat of a silver SUV. The vehicle left northbound on Dartmouth Avenue, turning onto Rector Street in an unknown direction. Investigators do not believe this was a random act.

Investigators believe there are people who have information that could help solve Donald’s murder. We hope that the passage of time encourages them to do the right thing and share what they know with police. It is never too late to come forward and the smallest piece of information may be just what is needed to progress the investigation into Douglas’ murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca  or texting a tip using the P3 Tips App.

This case is part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice for Major Unsolved Crimes Program, which offers cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for specified major unsolved crimes. Callers must contact the Rewards Program at 1-888-710-9090, must provide their name and contact information, and may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The amount of the award will be based on the investigative value of the information provided.

Police request public assistance identifying person of interest in Hate Crime

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in relation to an incident involving anti-Semitic stickers that is being investigated as a hate crime.

On September 9 police were alerted to a number of stickers with an anti-Semitic message that had been posted in the area of South Park Street, Spring Garden Road and Summer Street in Halifax. Members of the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Investigation Division are investigating this incident as a hate crime.

Investigators would like to speak with a person of interest who is described as a white man in his 60’s, approximately 5’ 6”, with a slim build and clean shaven. He was wearing a round brim hat, a brown or tan jacket or trench coat, and may have been carrying an old-style suitcase or briefcase. This man may frequent the areas of Spring Garden Road, Quinpool Road or the area near the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Investigators believe this man may have information that could assist with the investigation into this incident.

Police would like to reinforce that such actions within our community are unacceptable and will be thoroughly investigated. Anyone with information about the identity of this person of interest or this incident is asked to call police at 902-490-5016.  If you see someone placing the stickers, please contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or by using the P3 Tips app.

 

Robbery, Halifax

Halifax Regional Police are investigating a robbery that occurred this morning in Halifax.

At 12:59 a.m. on October 8th,  2020, officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Needs Convenience Store located at 6130 Chebucto Road, Halifax. A lone male suspect entered the Convenience Store produced a knife and went behind the counter and demanded cigarettes and cash from the lone male employee. The male employee opened the cash registry and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect opened the cigarette cabinet and took an undisclosed amount of cigarette packages. The suspect removed an orange/green plastic bag from underneath his clothing and put the money and cigarettes inside the bag.  The male employee was not injured. The suspect fled the Convenience Store and went right on Chebucto Road, southbound on Windsor Street and right onto Duncan Street. .

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 35-40 years old, 5’8” in height, thin build, short brown hair.  He was wearing a grey ball cap with a blue emblem, blue medical mask, clear medical gloves, black long sleeved hoodie, black pants and  black sneakers with white soles.

Multiple police units attended the scene and actively looked for the suspect. A K-9 officer attended the scene with the police service dog and followed the suspect’s track behind 6092 Quinpool Road where the track was lost, it is believed the suspect got into a vehicle at this location and fled the area.

The investigation will be assigned to the Integrated General Investigative Section.

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to call police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or using the P3 Tips App.

 

Break & Enter, Halifax

 

Halifax Regional Police are investigating a Break and Enter that occurred last evening in Halifax.

At 9:09 p.m. on October 7th, 2020, officers responded to Break and Enter at Brothers Meats located at 2665 Agricola Street, Halifax. Witnesses observed a female approach Brothers Meats and throw a rock through the front window of the store and reach threw the broken glass and remove the cash register from the counter. Once the cash register was removed from the store the female throws the cash register to the ground and smashes it open. There were no bills inside the cash register only coins – several coins were left on the ground at the scene.

The female subject fled on foot north on Agricola Street with an undisclosed amount of the stolen coins.

The female suspect was described as a white female, age unknown, 5’6”, athletic build, long dark hair. She was wearing a black face covering, dark gloves, black jacket, black pants, and white sneakers.

Multiple police units attended the scene and actively looked for the suspect. A K-9 officer attended the scene with the police service dog, but there was too much pedestrian traffic in the area to deploy the service dog and locate a track of the suspect.

The investigation will be assigned to the Integrated General Investigative Section.

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to call police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or using the P3 Tips App.

 

Attempted Robbery, Mount Uniacke

October 6, 2020, Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia . . . Sunday night at 10:15 p.m., a man entered a gas station/convenience store on Hwy. 1 in Mount Uniacke, and demanded cigarettes and money from the clerk. Once another customer drove into the area, the man became nervous and fled the store into a car parked nearby.

The man is described as white, between 25 to 30-years-old, 5-foot-8, 140 to 150 pounds, with short hair and wearing a black non-medical mask, grey baggy sweat pants and a black pull-over hoodie. The car is described as silver or grey, rounded body style, with four-doors was driven by another person and no description available.

East Hants RCMP is requesting assistance from the public for information about this robbery. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call East Hants RCMP at 902-883-7077. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

File # 20201466022

Suspicious Fire, Comeauville

Help RCMP solve suspicious fire

October 5, 2020, Comeauville, Nova Scotia…Meteghan RCMP is asking for the public’s help to solve a suspicious fire to a boat in Comeauville.

Today at approximately 5:56 a.m., emergency services were contacted by a Comeauville Wharf employee stating a boat at Comeauville Wharf in Comeauville was on fire. The boat is described as 36-feet in length and was moored at the location awaiting repair when the fire occurred. The fire caused extensive damage to the boat.

 

The fire has been deemed suspicious and is still under investigation. There were no injuries.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Meteghan RCMP at 902-645-2346. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.