Police Report – cinnamon buns and big horned sheep

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Drowsy driver

May 22 at 8:07 pm police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 east of Cache Creek by the Perry Ranch. The 50 year old Kamloops man nodded off at the wheel and drove his pickup off the highway and down an embankment. The man was treated in Kamloops for minor injuries. His pickup was towed.

Truck collides with office

May 23 at 5 pm police attended a collision at the corner of Hwy 97C and Barnes St. after a driverless bucket truck rolled down the hill and collided with Ashcroft Electric as well as a few parked cars. The truck had been used to trim trees. It was sent for inspection to determine why it began moving. The building had some minor exterior damage.

The lure of cinnamon buns

May 23 at 2:10 pm police received a complaint from staff at the OK Stop who wanted police to speak to an ex employee who had been seen leaving the store without paying for merchandise. The Ashcroft woman denied the theft at first and was shown a picture from the video surveillance of her putting a cinnamon bun in her purse. She was told that she was no longer welcome in the store.

Not sober enough

May 25 at 12:15 am a Traffic Services officer on routine patrol  noticed a pickup truck at a pullout on Hwy 97 at Valley Rd. north of Clinton. He spoke to the man inside the truck who said he had decided to pull over and sleep for the rest of the night. The officer smelled liquor on his breath but the 22 year old man from 108 Mile denied having anything to drink. He was given a roadside test and blew two Warns. He was given a three day driving prohibition. His girlfriend was called to come and retrieve him and the truck.

Buyer beware

May 25 at noon police received a complaint from a woman in 16 Mile who said she had answered her front door to find three young adults of Mid-Eastern heritage standing there trying to sell her some jewellry. They told her they needed gas money to get back to Egypt. She described their vehicle as a gray Ford SUV with Alberta plates but did not get a licens plate number.

Truck stolen during favour

May 25 at 12:30 pm a 62 year old Cache Creek man called to report that his truck had been stolen by a 32 year old female acquaintance. He said he had been working in his yard when the woman saw him and stopped in. They had a beer together and then she asked if he could drive her to the intersection of Hwy 1 and 97C so she could hitchhike to Merrit. He made a stop at the Oasis  beer store first, and she drove off with his truck while he was inside the store. At 2:52 pm Merrit RCMP were called to a single vehicle accident in Lower Nicola involving the man’s truck. The woman left the scene before police arrived, but was located and arrested for impaired driving and being in possession of a stolen vehicle. Other charges may be pending.

Stuck sheep

May 26 at 2:30 pm police received a report of a herd of big horn sheep near Hwy 1 east of Cache Creek. The caller said that one of the sheep had its head stuck in a barbed wire fence and couldn’t get free. He said he would wait there while officers came to assist. Police notified the area’s Conservation Officer. The man called back a short time later and advised that the sheep had managed to free itself and the herd had continued on its way.

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