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Police will seek to have stereo gear destroyed in the ‘public interest’

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 | 11:49 am

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A look at the stereo equipment seized on Sunday, which is now in the RCMP detachment. The computer equipment in the background was not a part of the haul. (Photo submitted by RCMP)

By Joe Fries

It was a hodge-podge of bookshelf speakers and other ordinary-looking stereo equipment that police seized from the home of a man they want charged with criminal mischief because of his loud music.

A photo released today by the Kelowna RCMP shows the gear that cops say he played at an excessive volume, which prompted eight complaints from neighbours over a two-week period that resulted in five tickets.

Police were able to secure a search warrant that they executed Sunday in order to enter the unidentified 38-year-old man’s home and seize the music equipment.

“Off the top of my head, I can’t recall a time when a search warrant was used like that,” commented RCMP spokesman Const. Steve Holmes when asked if he’d ever seen a similar case.

Most of the time, he continued, people who are the subject of noise complaints will turn down their music after the first or second visit from police. That apparently didn’t happen here, prompting cops to seek a stronger remedy in the form of the property seizure.

“That, at least for a temporary time, will put a stop to the noise,” Holmes said.

He also confirmed that if the man makes it to court and is found guilty, the RCMP will ask the Crown to cite the “public interest” in seeking permission to destroy the gear to eliminate the possibility of the man causing more problems.

Police typically don’t release the names of people accused of crimes until they make a first court appearance, which in this case is scheduled for June.

Neighbours told Kelowna.com on Monday that the music was so loud they could hear song lyrics “clear as a bell” in their own homes. The accused liked Johnny Cash, deep bass techno and other rock tunes, sometimes playing one song repeatedly for hours.

Nearby residents were warned by cops not to approach the man because he was known to police. Holmes, however, could not comment on that: “I haven’t taken the time to look into this person’s background.”

joe@kelowna.com

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9 Responses to “Police will seek to have stereo gear destroyed in the ‘public interest’”

  1. rex says:
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    wow. looks like the cops raided a rutland garage sale. they better take away his cash and debit card too, to prevent him from buying anymore. also ban him from walking down back alleys to pick up discarded speakers… it looks like he did that a lot.

    i agree with the tickets, but its like taking away a pack of smokes to stop a smoker. they can get more almost 24/7. good luck with this.

  2. hb says:
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    What a bunch of crap… One neighbour who was interviewed said she was worried about structural damage to her house.. How could that pile of junk audio possibly damage a house? I don’t see any subwoofers or anything of any magnitude. This pic makes this article even more of a laughing joke.

  3. Phil says:
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    As far as the gear goes… well i see at least six serious speakers that can definitely power concert hall events if properly tuned. Seeing that the tuner and multidisc players are rather basic i can also see how the music may be torture for the neighbours ;).

    In the end yes serious sound waves would be needed to cause structural damage to a building a sub woofer on its own in a different house… even with its internal amp turned to high will blow itself into pieces maaaaybe some windows start to vibrate but to cause structural damage… we are talking some serious audio equipment which you wouldn’t find in your next door department store. :)

  4. Karl says:
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    I saw this loser being interviewed on the news.What a jerk.The landlord should be sued by the neighbors for not doing a better job of screening tennants.

  5. QDUB says:
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    I would enjoy the explaination of how one would wire that into
    a single stereo setup.

    They must of forgot about the clock-radio in the bedroom.

  6. Phillip Ontakos says:
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    The cops confiscate the guys stereo equipment for blasting Johnny Cash! Isn’t that a crime in itself? At least buddy had good taste.

  7. glenda says:
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    Any family that has lived next to a noisey neighbour can appreciate the efforts of the authorities in this case. As the cops said usually after a warning people co-operate and turn down the tunes, however, in this case it seems that we are not dealing was a “rocket scientist.” Good work and I would suggest auctioning off the seized equipement and giving the proceeds to a some group like the Scouts, Guides or Girls and Boys Club.

  8. trace says:
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    Police will seek to have stereo gear destroyed in the ‘public interest’
    Why destroy it? Maybe there are some local businesses or groups that could utilize the equipment. Spread it around town instead.

  9. Tim T says:
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    Donate it to City Hall for their Audio Upgrade. Will be free and while it may not be the $80,000 tv system they wanted, they can play Johnny Cash on every floor hahahahahahahaha! Serious humor folks!

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