Lytton RCMP leave a calling card at massive grow-op bust site

Lytton RCMP leave a calling card at massive grow-op bust site

Plus catalytic converter theft comes to the area

By Sgt. Curtis Davis

Lytton RCMP responded to 50 calls for service between Aug. 20 and Sept. 2, including 17 traffic-related calls.

(Not) a stolen vehicle

On Aug. 20 we attended to a complaint of a stolen vehicle in Spences Bridge. Our investigation revealed that a resident of the house who regularly used the vehicle and had access to the key was driving it. It was explained to the owner that this was not a case for the police; rather, it was a reason to have a discussion with their friend.

Attempted catalytic converter theft

On Aug. 22, across from the BC Wildfire compound, an employee spotted a man under another firefighter’s car, cutting it with a grinder. A woman appeared to be a “look-out”. The pair took off westbound on the Trans-Canada, but the witness provided a licence plate and great description. A Lytton officer was in Boston Bar and, working with Boston Bar RCMP, stopped and arrested the pair from Sechelt.

Our investigation indicates that they were cutting the catalytic converter from the vehicle. Apparently this is becoming a more common occurrence, but mostly in the Lower Mainland. The pair were given a court date for November and released on a number of restrictive conditions.

Don’t you believe it

On Aug. 24 a resident of Lytton received a call from someone claiming they were a police officer from Ontario and demanding money, otherwise the resident would be arrested. I can assure you, we never do this! Personally, I love getting these calls. When I tell them who they are talking to, they hang up.

Unfortunately, in this case, the resident paid $1,200. If in doubt, call us. No legitimate agency will ask to be paid in Bitcoin, iTunes gift cards, or Google Play money (I don’t even know what this is).

Also on Aug. 24, another Lytton resident provided their Social Insurance Number to somebody allegedly calling from Montreal. Again, if it does not make sense, call the agency that the caller claims they work for.

Grow-op busted

On Aug. 29, with the help of an RCMP helicopter, several of our officers were landed adjacent to a large illegal marihuana grow operation above the Thompson River. We destroyed in excess of 5,000 marihuana plants and the irrigation system. The officers left my business cards on scene so that the criminals knew that it was us … should they be interested in making a complaint.

Farewell to longtime Lytton member

This week we said goodbye to Cpl. Brian Harris. Brian has worked at the Lytton Detachment for almost six years. When I arrived at Lytton, Brian had been running things for a long time and he made my transition easy. We will miss working with him, and wish him well at his new posting.

If you have information about any Lytton police files or crimes, call the detachment at (250) 455-2225. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

RCMP Briefs

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
67 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Thirty people in the region are hospitalized with the virus, 11 of whom are intensive care

A Quesnel resident receives a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month. (Photo credit: Cassidy Dankochik/Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
IH says COVID-19 vaccines safe despite claims of Lytton physician

Doctor makes unsubstantiated claims about serious side effects of Moderna vaccine

People are shown at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, April 18, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
211 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

Currently, there are 875 active cases of the virus in the region

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. As of April 19, more than 230,000 doses have been administered across the Interior Health region. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
More than 230K doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered across Interior Health

A total of 220,216 first doses and 13,775 second doses have been given to residents across the B.C. Interior

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/ screenshot)
Judge tosses lawsuit of B.C. COVID-denier who broke quarantine after Flat Earth conference

Mak Parhar accused gov, police of trespass, malfeasance, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping and fraud

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Christy Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money-laundering problem over the past decade. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark says she first learned of money-laundering spike in 2015

The former B.C. premier testified Tuesday she was concerned the problem was ‘apparently at an all-time high’

Most Read