Ashcroft RCMP Detachment Police Report: counterfeit cash

Businesses should beware of counterfeit $50 bills; plus excessive speed, unsafe shooting, and a theft from a car that was foiled.

Bad decisions

On Aug. 30 at 1 p.m., Cpl. J.R. Michaud was driving northbound on Hwy. 1 toward Cache Creek in an unmarked police vehicle when he was passed by a black BMW driving at approximately 145 km/h. The driver continued at 140 km/h through the 70 zone to the south of town, and the vehicle was stopped near the veterinary clinic. The male driver was found to be driving while prohibited and had no insurance on the vehicle, which was impounded. The driver was arrested, and will appear in Kamloops provincial court on Nov. 3.

Locked car; no theft

On Aug. 31 at 12:20 a.m., police received a call from a resident of Old Cariboo Road in Cache Creek who reported two or three people trying to break into his truck. As the vehicle was locked, they were unsuccessful, and nothing was stolen. The suspects ran toward the post office, but were not located.

Single vehicle accident

On Sept. 3 at 3:19 a.m., police were dispatched to a crash on Hwy. 1 near Spences Bridge, where a single vehicle had crashed into a rock wall and burst into flames. The single occupant was able to get out of the vehicle in time, but did suffer some injuries and was transported to hospital to be checked over. It is believed that the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Unsafe shooting

On Sept. 3 at 4:45 p.m., police received a report of someone target shooting across Barnes Road in Ashcroft. A male from Langley was found shooting across a public road, and was charged under the Wildlife Act.

Stuck on the tracks

On Sept. 4 at 11 p.m. police were called to where a vehicle was stuck on the CP rail tracks on Mesa Vista Drive in Ashcroft. The Volkswagen Jetta was high-centred on the tracks and unable to move; and to make matters worse, the female driver had locked the keys in the vehicle. A tow truck was called to assist; there was no damage to the vehicle and no injuries.

Counterfeit cash

On Sept. 5 at 4 p.m., police were called to a business in Cache Creek that received a counterfeit Canadian $50 bill. A review of security footage did not help identify the suspect, which makes police believe he was from out of town. Police remind local businesses to be vigilant about counterfeit bills in case this was not an isolated incident.

New member of RCMP family

Cpl. Michaud swore in Ashcroft resident Tim Roden as a public service employee member of the RCMP family last week. Roden will be working in Prince George as a dispatcher starting in October. The RCMP is actively recruiting people to work in OCC dispatch or as new regular members of the RCMP, and locally they are looking for guards for the Ashcroft detachment. Anyone interested in any of these opportunities should call Cpl. Michaud at (250) 453-2216 for information.

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