A man is in custody awaiting a bail hearing after being arrested for shoplifting in Nelson.

A man is in custody awaiting a bail hearing after being arrested for shoplifting in Nelson.

POLICE BRIEFS: Shoplifter caught, Canada Day without incident

Meanwhile, Nelson RCMP have received complaints about another scam plaguing the area.

A man is in custody awaiting a bail hearing after being arrested for shoplifting in Nelson.

Police say at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, a man fled a store with unpaid merchandise. Police located him nearby, arrested him, and returned the stolen goods. Police then discovered the man had a warrant for his arrest for failing to comply with a probation order.

Canada Day quiet

On Canada Day there  were  “minimal challenges” for the police, who thanked the public and boaters for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Phone scams continue

The tax collector scam doesn’t seem to be letting up.

On Thursday,  the Nelson Police Department received a complaint regarding phone calls received from someone claiming to represent Canada Revenue Agency and/or a collection agency.

The caller asks for personal information including social insurance numbers. These callers are not associated with Canada Revenue Agency and have been confirmed to be a scam.

If you unwittingly provide any personal information or receive deceptive telemarketing, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

For further information regarding this scam, visit cra-arc.gc.ca/ntcs/bwr-eng.html.

Meanwhile, Nelson RCMP have received complaints about another scam plaguing the area.

Residents are receiving calls from people posing as legal aid lawyers acting on behalf of a family member.

The caller says a relative — it could be a son, daughter, niece or nephew — is being held in custody and bail money is needed to ensure they are released. Amounts requested range from $1,000 to $3,000.

The callers express urgency and direct the victims to immediately wire the money by Western Union.

“Do not wire any money and be sure to follow up with family and police,” Cst. Stathis Dimopolous said.