Fort St. John RCMP were busy Halloween night, responding to noise complaints and fights, to attending a robbery that took place at the Petro Canada Gas Bar located at 10439 100th Street.
It was about 9 p.m. when an unknown man entered the gas station armed with a can of bear spray. He demanded cash and cigarettes, which he obtained before fleeing the scene.
The male, described as Caucasian, 5’8” tall with a slim build, was wearing a dark hooded shirt with white script on the left side of the chest. He had black pants, gloves, and a black balaclava, according to RCMP.
He was last seen travelling east in the alleyway that connects to 98 Street.
Anyone with information or who witnessed the theft is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Halloween is a time many people host and attend parties, and RCMP were swamped with calls.
“There was a lot of loud party complaints and a lot of intoxicated people last night,” said Cst. Denise Perret. “It was a very busy night for us.”
On a Fort St. John social media site, parent Michel Beaulieu warned about candy tampering after finding a needle in his child’s candy bag, poking through a bag of Skittles. He said the candy was picked up around 88 Street and 89 Avenue.
Another claimed a nine-year-old child was punched before having his candy stolen.
Brandi Kennedy wrote: “Some jerk decided to punch a 9-year-old in the face, throw him down and steal his candy. Then DRIVE away. Another . . . put condoms in the kids bags.”
Perret told the Alaska Highway News that there is a police file on the incident of the child being punched and having his candy stolen, but said she wasn’t able to give more details.
“I can’t comment on it because it’s still under investigation, and the member obviously isn’t working right now,” she said on the morning of Nov. 1.
“I just have the initial complaint that came in, I don’t have the follow up . . . to determine if it actually occurred or not,” she said.
Perret wasn’t personally aware of the needle being found in the child’s candy. The claim about the condoms could not be immediately verified.
In a press release issued prior to Halloween, RCMP advised that parents check their children’s candy.
“Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should check out all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items,” it reads.