Revelstoke business owner left with questions after Christmas Day vandalism that shattered windows

Spice O' Life Emporium, an adults-only novelty store in Revelstoke, was victim to an act of vandalism on Dec. 25, 2021, at approximately 6:30 p.m., leaving the glass doors shattered and suspicious projectile markings in the window.

Although Spice O' Life Emporium has replaced their shattered doors since the Dec. 25 incident, owner Dinah Collette is left without answers about the suspicious projectile markings in her window. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer staff

First there was the case of the bullet-riddled Christmas Day lasagna, and now the ‘projectile’ riddled adults-only novelty store who also received an unwelcome present on Dec. 25, 2022.

As the list of Christmas Day 2021 crimes continues to grow, one Revelstoke business owner is questioning if local RCMP are thoroughly investigating incidents of vandalism.

On Dec. 26, 2021 at approximately 11 a.m., Dinah Collette received a call that shattered any remnants of her holiday spirit. Her long-term Revelstoke business, Spice O’ Life Emporium, had been vandalized once again.

The glass on her front doors was shattered and round projectile holes marked one of the windows in the Second Street East storefront. The holes are small and round, uniform in size, indicating they were from similar projectiles with similar force.

“I’ve had many break-ins and broken windows over the last 29, 30 years [in business],” Collette recalls. However, she cannot, “remember anybody’s business being shot at” over the 40 years she has lived in Revelstoke.

Revelstoke RCMP statements deny any damage by ‘high-velocity projectiles’

In emails to Revelstoke Mountaineer staff, Revelstoke RCMP state they, “responded to a complaint of mischief in the 400 block of 2 St. E. on Dec. 26, 2021.”

After reviewing CCTV footage from a business next door, police identified that the incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2021.

However, Revelstoke RCMP state that, “police did not receive any reports of suspicious activity or noise on the evening of Dec. 25 when the incident was believed to have occurred,” and “it remains inconclusive as to how the damage was caused, and the damage not consistent with high-velocity projectiles.”

A close-up photo taken on Feb. 10 at Spice O’ Life Emporium reveals measurements of the projectile damage. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer staff

We asked if the investigator noted any BBs, pellet-gun pellets, shotgun pellets or something similar at the scene.

Revelstoke RCMP stated that, “the investigator did not locate any type of pellets etc. [sic] on scene,” and “it was inconclusive as to what objects created the damage.” Additionally, Revelstoke RCMP say they “did not receive any calls [in 2021] involving an ‘unsafe discharge of a firearm’ within the municipality.”

Business owner complains of lack of investigation from RCMP, despite multiple Christmas Day incidents

Unfortunately, Collette is familiar with having her business targeted. She recalls multiple incidents where her store windows were shattered, and novelty items were stolen from the display. 

“We’ve pissed off a lot of people,” Collette admits with a hearty laugh. “If they’re rude or obnoxious, we kick them out. We will not tolerate being victimized by jerks.”

Despite making multiple calls to police over the years, she felt that this time was different.

Collette said the assailant made no attempt to enter Spice O’ Life Emporium. The store’s security alarm was not triggered, and Collette says nothing was stolen. 

Despite the malicious nature of this attack, Collette says police did not investigate beyond checking security footage from Fresh Cannabis.

“They didn’t even check any video cameras anywhere, other than this one next door,” Collette elaborates. Due to the timing of the incident, at 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Collette believes that the perpetrator could be easily spotted using CCTV footage from other businesses on Second Street East. 

“There’s other places, other businesses that have video cameras. I mean, [how much] traffic is going on at 6:30 [p.m.] on Christmas Day,” Collette recalls. The frustration in her voice grows as she details the experience, and lack of police response. 

“Who’s driving around at 6:30 [p.m.], when everyone is eating [Christmas] dinner?”

On Dec. 25, the same night as the vandalism, Revelstoke RCMP responded to a strange call involving a bullet-riddled lasagna delivered by an insistent but unknown suspect.

Read more about the suspicious Christmas lasagna in our previous coverage here: 

Revelstoke RCMP seeks tips in the case of the bullet-riddled Christmas lasagna

In Revelstoke, the RCMP don’t regularly issue media releases, although they do from time to time, often about major incidents. Most of the police-incident-related news you read about in local news publications or hear about on the radio is generated by news media inquiries, including the Revelstoke Mountaineer and Revelstoke Review.

Revelstokemountaineer.com first inquired about the bullet-riddled lasagna incident on Dec. 25, and the RCMP provided a statement the next day.

In our inquiry about the incident at Spice O’ Life, we asked why the RCMP didn’t take the opportunity to also mention another troubling incident on Christmas Day in response to our inquiry about the lasagna incident. In emails to Revelstoke Mountaineer staff, Revelstoke RCMP stated they have “no information” that the two incidents on Dec. 25, 2021 were linked.

When asked if she had followed up with RCMP about the vandalism, Collette responded that she didn’t have confidence it would help.

Following our reporting on a wrongful arrest and detention of an intoxicated young Revelstoke woman that was escalated to the national Civilian Review and Complaints Commission in late 2020, revelstokemountaineer.com reached out to and met with Revelstoke RCMP leadership to try to establish better communications with media. In response, the detachment did start releasing a weekly report that contains total number of calls and a breakdown of the number of calls for service in 11 categories, such as traffic collisions and assaults. However, the stats don’t provide much insight into individual events.

The result is incidents that cause public concern often surface on local social media and are the subject of speculation and gossip. Unless local media, which is already stretched for resources, reaches out for a statement, the incidents remain rooted in gossip, speculation, and mystery.

The Revelstoke RCMP encourages anyone with information on either of the incidents to contact the local detachment or Crimestoppers.

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