July 19 at 7 pm, a dropped 911 call was traced to a location near Hwy. 1 and Semlin Valley Golf Course. Police made contact with the caller, who was in Spences Bridge; the trace was to the tower transmitting the call, which was the closest one to the caller. She was calling to report an incident of hazardous driving, but could not provide enough information to enable police to trace the vehicle. As the hazardous driver was last seen proceeding along Hwy. 8 towards Merritt, the police there were informed.
If at first you don’t succeed
On July 20, police received a call from the Oasis Pub in Cache Creek regarding a group of three males and one female who were intoxicated, and trying to purchase liquor from the beer and wine store located on site. It was the second time that day the same group had tried to buy liquor from the store, and they were denied service both times. After the second attempt the group – none of whom were recognized as local – left in a vehicle, and police were called because of worries that they were not sober. It was not known in which direction the vehicle was traveling, and the vehicle and occupants could not be found, so police were unable to ascertain if the driver was sober or not.
Too much trouble
July 20 at 3:00 pm, an employee of the Cache Creek Petro Can called police to report that an abandoned vehicle in the gas station parking lot might have been stolen. The licence plates had been removed, the stereo was missing from the dashboard, and the vehicle’s windows were rolled down. Police used the vehicle’s identification number to trace the owner, who lives in the Lower Mainland. He reported that he had loaned the car – a 1993 Toyota – to a friend, and that the vehicle had broken down in Cache Creek. The owner, after consulting with the friend, decided it wasn’t worth the time, effort, or cost to retrieve the vehicle, and advised his friend to abandon it in Cache Creek. The friend, on the owner’s instructions, removed the car’s stereo, licence plates, insurance papers, and anything else of value. The car was towed to the impound lot in Cache Creek, and no charges were laid.
Bruin too close for comfort
July 20 at 10:20 pm, police received a call regarding a bear in the back yard of a residence in Cache Creek. Police did not attend, as the bear left on its own, but a Conservation Officer was advised.
Party (a little too) hearty
July 21 at 1:30 am, police received a complaint regarding a loud party on Brunswick Place in Ashcroft. In addition to the loud music, and the sound of people yelling and screaming, the neighbour who made the call was concerned about the possibility of party-goers drinking and driving. The police attended and did sobriety checks on some of the drivers, but no one was found to be under the influence. They also spoke with the homeowner, who complied and shut down the party.
Possible animal abuse
July 21 at 5 pm, a guest of the Nugget Motel in Cache Creek called to report a suspicion that cats were being abused and/or killed by their owner, another motel resident who has been there for approximately one month. Police attended and spoke with other motel guests, who indicated that the cats in question had been picked up a few days earlier by the SPCA. A call to the SPCA confirmed this.
Hit and run
July 23 at 9 am, police were called regarding a hit and run on Brink Lane in Ashcroft, where a parked car had sustained damage to the passenger side. As the car had been parked there for some time, the owner was unable to say when the damage had occurred, and there are no suspects or witnesses. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Ashcroft RCMP detachment at (250) 453-2216.
Nipping crime in the bud
July 24 at 8 pm, an employee of the OK Stop gas station in Ashcroft called to report an incident of shoplifting. Police attended and found that a nine year old had stolen gum and some candy. The child’s parents were contacted, and no charges were laid in connection with the incident.
Perhaps try nailing it down
On July 25, police received a report of a trailer in Ashcroft which had had the VAL tag (registration validation sticker) removed from the trailer’s licence plate. The owner could only say that the tag had been taken at some time during the previous week. There were no witnesses, and there are no suspects at this time.