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Police search for suspects terrorizing Trail homeless camp with bear bangers

Firing bear bangers at people is not "funny" or a "prank" - it's a dangerous, potentially life-threatening, crime.

Police are asking the public for information about three young men who allegedly threw bear bangers into a small homeless camp in Trail, according to RCMP NCOIC Sgt. Mike Wicentowich. 

"On April 25, at 1:23 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that three suspects had been discharging bear bangers into the camp located underneath the old Trail Bridge on Casino Road in Trail. One of the discharged bear bangers reportedly came close to striking one person living in the camp.

"The suspects are reported to be three men in their 20s who are travelling in an older red Honda with a black door. The Trail and Greater District RCMP is requesting assistance in identifying the three men and the older red Honda car. If you have any information, please contact the Trail and Greater District Detachment at 250-364-2566.

Firing a bear banger at someone is a criminal offense. It poses a risk of serious injury or death to the victim and possible criminal charges to the offender. Trail, like every other city, is experiencing a housing shortage and an increase in vulnerable people being forced to live on the street. Trail RCMP is continuously working with the City of Trail and other partners and agencies to manage this issue in a hope to improve the situation for everyone. Please contact the Trail and Greater District RCMP (250-364-2566) if you have any questions or have an incident to report that requires police assistance."