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Community installs security camera after Pride crosswalk in Dawson Creek repeatedly vandalized | CBC News

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A camera is being installed by community members to monitor an intersection in Dawson Creek, B.C., where a freshly painted Pride crosswalk has been vandalized several times since it was painted two weeks ago.

The vandalism has included tire marks and homophobic messages written with spray paint.

Dawson Creek Pride Society board member Chelsea Mackay said the vandalism was sad, frustrating and infuriating. 

“I’ve seen lots of homophobia growing up here. I’ve heard lots of transphobia, too,” Mackay told CBC’s Nicole Oud. 

“I know it’s a part of the community but that just means it’s so much more important for us to speak out and to start showing people that it’s not alright anymore.”

The first act of vandalism happened on June 2, the day the crosswalk was painted, when two different vehicles burned tire marks over the rainbow colours. After it was repainted, several more tire marks were discovered on the crosswalk between June 3 and 12.

Derogatory messages were spray-painted on the crosswalks on the nights of June 12 and June 13.

Police investigating the incidents on June 2 said one of the drivers has been identified and charged under the Motor Vehicle Act.

The rainbow crosswalk has been defaced by tire marks and spray-painted homophobic messages. (Dawson Creek RCMP)

Krista Forshner, an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, has now purchased a high-definition security camera with night vision to place in the window of a fellow ally who lives near the crosswalk.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Forshner started sewing and selling masks, and at the time she vowed to use the money she made to better her community. When she saw the concern and frustration in the local LGBTQ+ community over the repeatedly vandalized crosswalk, she knew what she wanted to use that money for. 

“I don’t think anybody should be shown hate simply just for existing and accepting themselves for the way that they are,” Forshner said.

“A lot of my friends and people that I love a lot are part of this community and they deserve to feel loved as well and not scared.”

Dawson Creek RCMP did not comment directly on community members using cameras to track activity around the crosswalk, but RCMP Staff Sgt. Damon Werrell encouraged residents to report suspicious or criminal activity.

Pride symbols more important than ever

Mackay said the community has shown the society a lot of support since the vandalism, including Forshner’s gesture and volunteers showing up to repaint the crosswalk.

That’s been important because COVID-19 has essentially shut down Pride gatherings and celebrations around the province — and typically, Mackay said, members of the local LGBT community would typically travel to other northern cities to take part in celebrations, as well as host their own.

“It’s hard to celebrate Pride on your own. It’s about community. It’s about meeting new people. It’s about coming together and celebrating our identity, and we can’t do that,” Mackay said.

Painting the crosswalk and flying the Pride flag during Pride month was particularly important to give the group visibility and to bring people together in spirit, she said.

“And then we have this one thing that we can have even during COVID-19 and it’s kind of taken away from us by people who don’t care, who have no investment in our community,” Mackay said.


East Vancouver tree thief caught on camera | CBC News

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Hugo Huynh was in his East Vancouver kitchen brewing coffee when the thief struck, making off with his front garden centrepiece: a beautiful Japanese maple.

He only realized something was amiss when he left for work and spotted the hole that was left behind.

“I was like, ‘What? Is there a rodent or a mole in my yard,'” he said. “And then I went, ‘Wait a minute, my Japanese maple is gone!'” 

Footage from a security camera revealed how the crime unfolded.

A man in a grey van does a drive-by at 6:41 a.m. Monday morning. Fifteen seconds later he circles back and parks in front of the house.

Watch | Tree thief caught on security camera

A home security camera captures a brazen tree thief ripping a Japanese maple out of the front garden of a Vancouver home. 1:06

After making sure the coast is clear, the thief gets out, opens the front passenger door, walks calmly up to the two-year-old tree before ripping it out of the ground, running back to the van, stuffing it in the open door and driving off.

The brazen act takes about 30 seconds.

“You know, you feel a bit violated,” said Huynh. “It’s not something you think people are going to try to steal.”

Missing magnolia

About four kilometres away, Heather Kidd also found herself staring at a big hole where the pride of her front garden — a flowering magnolia tree — was supposed to be.

Heather Kidd’s before and after photos of the magnolia that was stolen from her front yard. (Heather Kidd)

“It’s pretty upsetting,” she said, “the feeling of someone trespassing in your yard.”

Kidd posted photos from before and after the theft, only to learn how many neighbours had similar stories.

“This was news to me,” she said. “The reason I had a before photo of it is that I loved that tree so much, so I often took photos of it when it was blooming.”

Related to COVID-19?

Vancouver landscaper Stuart Grills says petty plant theft has always been a problem, but usually it’s smaller annuals like pansies and marigolds that get pilfered.

He wonders if supply problems stemming from COVID-19 slowdowns in combination with a shady operator are behind the thefts.

“The supply chain issues are a bit frustrating at the moment,” said Grills, owner of Yard Ventures.

“I have a feeling that guys who haven’t been in the industry long … and are just doing it for a quick buck see this as an easy way to get plants instead of doing it the legitimate way.”

A spokesperson for the City of Vancouver said plants do disappear from city gardens, but it isn’t normally a major problem. 

Two years ago, Queen Elizabeth Park was targeted by a green-thumbed shrubbery thief who would dig up plants in the middle of the night.

Vancouver police Const.Tania Visintin said it is impossible to speculate on charges the man in the video might face if caught based on the footage alone.  

Huynh did report the robbery to the VPD. He has no immediate plans to replace the tree, worried that something freshly planted will present another appealing target.

“I’m not sure what I can do in the future to prevent this,” he said. “It’s so odd.”


Man caught on camera stealing coffee shop tip jar, police say

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Mounties on Vancouver Island are investigating the theft of employee tips from a coffee shop.

The incident occurred on Dec. 23 at a Serious Coffee shop on Sooke Road in Sooke, according to an RCMP release.

Police say they received a report that someone had entered the business around 3:15 p.m. that day and taken the employee tip jar off the counter. Security camera footage shows a man carrying the tip jar toward the washroom, police said. The jar was later found in the washroom, empty.

Police describe the suspect as a white man between 45 and 50 years old. In surveillance video, he is wearing a dark jacket and a dark toque with an “Air Jordan” logo on it. He has dark-coloured facial hair, which appears to have some grey in it.

Anyone with information related to the theft or the suspect is asked to call Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241. Tips can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.


B.C. man charged over hidden camera found in winery bathroom | CBC News

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A Kelowna, B.C., man accused of installing a hidden camera inside a staff washroom at a winery has been charged with almost 20 criminal offences.

RCMP launched a months-long investigation after a witness discovered the small camera inside the bathroom at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna on Aug. 23, 2018.

Police said investigators arrested a suspect two days after the camera was found. The winery said an employee was fired over the incident.

Winery CEO Ezra Cipes said the company swept the property at the time and did not find any other cameras.

On Thursday, Mounties announced the following charges against Ian Michael Leighton:

  • 13 counts of voyeurism
  • Three charges of making child pornography
  • One charge of possessing child pornography
  • One charge of obstructing justice

A statement from RCMP said investigators are supporting a number of victims involved.

Leighton, 43, is set to make his first appearance in court on Dec. 9.


Man accused of placing camera in winery bathroom facing voyeurism, child porn charges

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VANCOUVER – The BC Prosecution Service has approved 18 criminal charges against a Kelowna man accused of placing a camera in the employee washroom at a winery.

Ian Michael Leighton, 43, is facing 13 charges of voyeurism, three charges of making child pornography, one charge of possessing child pornography, and one charge of obstruction of justice.

All of the charges stem from an investigation that began after a small camera was discovered in the washroom at Summerhill Pyramid Winery on Aug. 23, according to the prosecution service.

Kelowna RCMP announced on Aug. 26 that they had arrested a suspect in the case, noting that the suspect was “a male who was employed by the business.”

At the time, police did not confirm the name of the business at which the camera was discovered, but winery CEO Ezra Cipes told Castanet News that it was Summerhill.

“The staff member involved is no longer a staff member,” Cipes said at the time, noting that the winery had thoroughly searched its premises for other cameras and to ensure the public was not at risk.

“This happened to us, not by us,” Cipes said. “This has been very hard to deal with.”

Online court records indicate that Leighton is scheduled to appear in Kelowna provincial court on Dec. 9. He is not listed as being in police custody.


Kelowna man charged after hidden camera found in winery washroom

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A Kelowna man has been charged with voyeurism and child pornography after a hidden camera was found in the washroom of Summerhill Winery, pictured in this file photo.

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A Kelowna man has been charged with voyeurism and child pornography after a hidden camera was found in the washroom of a popular winery.

Ian Michael Leighton, 43, is charged with 13 counts of voyeurism, one charge of obstruction of justice, three charges of making child porn and one charge of possession of child porn, Kelowna RCMP announced Thursday.

‎”The investigation was led by the Kelowna RCMP general investigation section,” said Const. Solana Paré. “The investigators continue to support the victims involved, and will aid in supporting the prosecution as the investigation now transitions to the judicial process.”

In August, police were contacted after a witness found a small camera hidden in the staff washroom of the winery. After a police investigation, another staff member was arrested in connection with the camera.


Langley security camera records thief stealing it

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LANGLEY – A security camera on a porch in Langley, B.C. was still recording as a thief stole it.

The camera, trained on the home’s front deck, recorded a man in a green jacket and jeans walk up and grab it.

A second camera, attached to the doorbell, shows the thief jump up to snag the camera before tucking it in his back pocket. On his way out, the thief jumps again to grab a second camera.

The cameras were stolen from Alexa Hodgins’ home in the Willoughby area in the early hours of Tuesday morning. It was her young son who first noticed they were missing.

“He’s learning words and likes to point stuff out. My husband was taking him to daycare and he said ‘camera gone’,” Hodgins said.

Once she looked at the app on her phone, she realized her security cameras captured their own theft.

“At first we were annoyed … But now it’s just rather humorous.”

Hodgins said the equipment was worth about $500, and the incident has been reported to Langley RCMP.

With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Emad Agahi


B.C. man accused of putting hidden camera inside winery bathroom

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A Kelowna man has been arrested for allegedly putting a “small camera” inside a staff washroom at a winery.

Kelowna RCMP were called to the business after someone found the camera hidden inside the bathroom. Authorities have not released exactly where the camera was discovered.

Mounties said an employee of the business was arrested and could face possible voyeurism charges.

“Evidence has been seized in relation to this offence and once it has been properly processed, RCMP will be able to determine how many victims may be involved and further charges could be forwarded,” said Const. Lesley Smith.

The CEO of Summerhill Pyramid Winery confirmed to Castanet News the incident happened at their business, adding the “staff member involved is no longer a staff member.”

Ezra Cipes said management did a sweep of the winery to ensure there were no other hidden cameras and the public is not at risk of any danger.

“This happened to us, not by us,” he said. “This has been very hard to deal with.”

Kelowna RCMP said it’s unclear how many people were recorded.

The suspect was released from custody on a promise to appear at an upcoming court date.


Hidden camera found in winery washroom, Kelowna man arrested | CBC News

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A Kelowna, B.C., winery employee could be facing charges of voyeurism after police found a hidden camera inside a washroom at the winery.

Kelowna RCMP were called to Summerhill Pyramid Winery Friday after a witness reported seeing what they believed was a small camera concealed inside a staff washroom.  

A man, who police say is from Kelowna, was arrested Friday at the winery but has not been identified yet, as the investigation into the breadth of possible charges continues.

“Evidence has been seized in relation to this offence and once it has been properly processed, RCMP will be able to determine how many victims may be involved and further charges could be forwarded,” said Const. Lesley Smith with Kelowna RCMP.

The CEO for Summerhill Pyramid Winery said the employee has been fired and the company is communicating the news with its employees in person and in letter form.

Parents notified

“I am just going to be calling parents of underage staff members as well today,” said Ezra Cipes, CEO of the winery.  

Cipes said the company did a sweep of the winery and found no other cameras, and because of that, there is no danger to the public.

“We hope people care about us through this situation and don’t point a finger at us,” he said.

RCMP say they have released the male suspect. He is facing possible charges of voyeurism and has an upcoming court date.


Brazen bike theft caught on camera in Victoria

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Published Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:22PM PDT

Last Updated Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:44PM PDT

The staff of a Victoria bicycle shop posted some surprising security camera video on its Facebook page Friday afternoon.

In the video, a man can be seen apparently browsing the selection at Giant Bicycles Victoria. He waits for staff to leave the room, before casually grabbing a bike and walking out the front door.

A few seconds later, a store employee comes back into the picture and makes his way out the door as well. That employee – manager Dylan Phye – told CTV News he was able to get the stolen bike back.

“I ran up the street, grabbed the bike from him, exchanged a few choice words, and then came back,” Phye said.

The bike that almost got away was worth more than $1,100.

Giant Bicycles called Victoria police to report the incident. Police say the suspect also made off with stolen goods from a nearby Eddie Bauer store. He is facing charges.

Phye said the shop decided to post the security video to its Facebook page as a reminder to other local businesses.

“We did it to alert other businesses in Victoria,” he said. “It can happen to anybody and happen that quick, so you’ve always got to stay on the ball.”

Phye also hopes the video will serve as a deterrent to other would-be bike thieves.

“We do have great cameras, you know?” He said. “We are always alert, so don’t try anything with us because we will catch you or we will find you.”

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