Fire on the mountain

Three youths were nabbed by police after starting a fire on Grey Mountain, Monday afternoon. A person in a vehicle noticed a fire near the Grey Mountain Cemetery just after 5 p.m.

Three youths were nabbed by police after starting a fire on Grey Mountain, Monday afternoon.

A person in a vehicle noticed a fire near the Grey Mountain Cemetery just after 5 p.m.

Three people jumped in another vehicle and left.

The witness called police and followed the youths.

Police stopped their vehicle on the other side of town, near Yukon Energy’s headquarters on Robert Service Way.

A 16-year-old, a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old all have charges pending.

Their fire, which involved a jerry can of gasoline, didn’t damage anything.

Because of that, there is nothing in the criminal code that can be used against them, said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Don Rogers.

Instead, police are working with the city and the fire marshal to determine what parts of the Territorial Fire Act and the city’s bylaws apply in this case, said Rogers.

Safes are unsafe, say cops

A safe stolen from the Easy Home Furniture office on Second Avenue was found empty and abandoned Sunday morning.

At 8 a.m., police responded to an activated alarm at the furniture leasing service’s office, but the building was secured and a keyholder could not be located.

By 11:30 a.m., a person walking along the trails near Falcon Drive found the safe taken from Easy Home Furniture.

An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.

The cops hinted the amount wasn’t trivial.

“Police want to remind business owners to not keep large sums of money on the premises regardless of having a safe or not,” said Rogers in a news release.

Police continue to investigate.

Lottery theft

A woman who allegedly stole 11 lottery tickets from the Shoppers Drug Mart in the Qwanlin Mall was caught on the store’s surveillance system.

A still frame of the woman, posted at www.yk.rcmp.ca, has been shared with the public to help identify her.

In the shot, the woman has long brown hair, dark-rimmed glasses and a white jacket.

DOUBLE DRUG BUSTS

Police have arrested two men in the last week who were caught with sizable amounts of drugs on them.

Ronald Asuchak, 53, was arrested outside the Kopper King Trailer Park after an investigation by police.

RCMP allegedly found four grams of crack cocaine, two grams of powder cocaine and $1,780 in cash on Asuchak.

He was charged with trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking and resisting arrest.

Another bust went down on Tuesday, when police stopped a drug purchase in action.

John Merkel, 24, was charged with trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Police allege Merkel was selling drugs to a buyer in the Canadian Tire parking lot.

Police seized 93 grams of magic mushrooms, 53 grams of pot and $7,210 in cash.

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