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Encounters with Police

You surely have some police encounters while caching. Here are some of ours. Luckily no policeman showed up when I climbed a fence to get into a park in Edmunston area.

*We were caching in Gatineau Quebec a few years ago. We were looking for a cache on a trail in a small woods in a town. In addition to the cache, we found parts to a new motor scooter and the ownership papers. We brought the ownership papers to the police station, told them our story and gave them the coords. They said they didnt know anything about coords and wanted us to show an officer where we found it. When he saw that we had New Brunswick plates, he got suspicious and wanted to know what we had been doing in those woods and how we discovered the scooter. We drove to the location and he followed us. We had to show him the scooter and the cache.

*A few years ago we exited I-81 in VA and were signing a nano on a sign. A police car stops asks if we were having car trouble, I show him the nano and give him my 20 second definition of geocaching. He immediately starts to pull away and as he rolls up the window, he says “if I see one, I will give you a call”

*We were in NYC on Thanksgiving day a few years ago. Everyone headed to the parade but we headed to the neighbourhoods and looked for caches. One cache was up a post, behind a no parking sign. It was magnetic and was too high to reach. I found a long metal stick in the gutter, so I grabbed it and started poking at the cache. It took quite a while to dislodge it. As I was working at it, I noticed a police car with two officers. parked on a cross street. They were watching me intently. When we had finally got the cache and signed it and replaced it, we walked away and the police car pulled up to us. He asked if the sign was Ok, I again gave my short definition of geocaching. They gave me a strange look and drove away.

*10 years ago we were in a ditch after dark with flashlights looking for the first part of a multi. A police car stops shines a light on us, we tell him we are caching and he smiles and takes off.

* I was parked at the side of a road in Gatineau and was looking for a cache. A local police car pulls up next to me and I get ready for my geocaching speech. However it turns out he was once an RCMP officer in NB and just wanted to chat.

*We were caching in Rothesay area with Belladan and a police car pulls up next to us. Turns out it was a caching policeman that dan had called.


  • avatar Rev Slippery says:

    Some people attract the “law” more than others. I have never run in to the Five-O in 7 years.

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  • avatar E.B.E 51 says:

    Going on just over 4 years caching and I have not had contact with the police caching. I did have one incident looking for a cache in Riverview, “I’m Pining for You” GC3D2Y1. Here’s the log for my DNF:

    Looked for a bit with Snake9 but didn’t find it. A few cars moving around the parking lot made me feel uneasy. Then the Riverview R.C.M.P camaro pulled up which we had passed on the way here. The driver gave us a quick look. I thought we would be answering questions but he never approached us. This is one reason why I don’t do much urban caching. Maybe I will try this one some other time, but for today this was long enough in this spot. Time to move on.

    I do most of my caching outside town on trails, so I don’t encounter police in the woods.
    Then again, I have never seen Rev in the woods either,
    hee, hee, hee, giggle, snicker.

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  • avatar herrminnz says:

    Châtelaine and I had two very interesting encounters with the third kind … check out our logs for GCMKXB on 05 October 2013 and GC1Q4DB on 20 December 2011 …. and this is one of many reasons for our addiction to this crazy hobby!!

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  • avatar Cableguy says:

    A thousand or more caching days, and never seen the fuzz. If you believe in the law of averages, my chances of meeting a Mountie on the trail improve every day.

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