A bottle of what appeared to be vodka was stolen from a house during a break and enter on Stone Avenue over the weekend, but Lake Cowichan RCMP are warning the culprits that it is not vodka. It is rat poison.
“If anyone knows anything about this break and enter, don’t drink the vodka,” Lake Cowichan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday said.
Local police suspect that this break and enter is related to another one that occurred on Stone Avenue, Saturday, February 26. During this incident, a neighbour’s call into 911 resulted in quick RCMP response, who promptly got hold of a K-9 unit. Within the span of an hour, the dog tracked three youth suspects to their home, where they were taken into custody.
The youth have since been released to their parents.
Hobday said that messages have been left on the parents’ answering machines in hopes that they’ll prevent the kids from drinking the rat poison. In the event that they are unrelated incidents, though, she’s alerting local media this afternoon about the misleading vodka bottle.
It’s been a busy beginning of the week for local RCMP. Monday, February 28, had police looking into a case of missing hikers, toward the Nitinat area. They were found, having arrived at their destination later than expected.
This follows numerous motor vehicle incidents over the weekend in the Cowichan Lake area, with a few people sent to the hospital with injuries.
“They seem to be single vehicle incidents,” Hobday said, adding that as such, they’re likely to be a result of driver error.
Drivers’ inability to properly deal with this weekend’s slippery conditions seems to be the catalyst of these incidents, she said.