Police Report – Credit Card fraud, Grow-Op destroyed

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Outdoor Grow Op

Aug. 20 at 6:13 pm police received an anonymous report of an outdoor Grow Op on Bonaparte Reserve land. Officers attended on the 21st and found 23 plants growing in the hills about 1 km away from an ATV trail. The plants were seized for destruction. There was no evidence to indicate ownership.

Neighbour problems

Aug. 21 at 5:30 pm police received a call from an 82 year old woman living at the Halfway Trailer Park who reported that her neighbour was a thief and had stolen property in his possession. She added that he was up to no good. Officers spoke to the 44 year old male who was polite and co-operative. He advised that she was always calling him a thief and spreading rumours about him. Police surveyed his property and did not find anything that might have been stolen.

Credit card fraud

Aug. 22 a 29 year old Ashcroft woman reported credit card fraud after receiving bills in the mail for two cards in her name that she hadn’t authorized and didn’t know existed. The two bills were from internet purchases, one from Home Depot for $657 and the other was from Ikea for $3,049. Police were not able to track either purchase. She was advised to contact the credit card companies to report the fraud and to cancel the cards, and to contact the credit companies and check her credit history to make sure there were no other unknown cards in her name.

Wrong number

Aug. 22 police received a complaint from a 66 year old Ashcroft man who stated that he had been getting phone calls over several months for a woman he has never heard of. He said he told the caller that she does not and has never lived there, but they persist in calling. He was advised that it was not a police matter and that he should look for other solutions.

No help needed

Aug. 22 at 7 pm RCMP were contacted by BC Ambulance for assistance with what was believed to be an unresponsive male sitting in a vehicle near Boston Flats. He had been in the same spot for three consecutive nights. Police arrived and found the 70 year old Ashcroft man to be healthy and not in any need of assistance.

Disorderly

Aug. 23 around midnight police received an abandoned 911 call from an Ashcroft residence. On callback, a 63 year old woman answered and requested that her 47 year old boyfriend be removed from their house as he was intoxicated and being unpleasant. The male was given a ride to his cousin’s house to sleep it off and told to come back when he was sober. No charges were laid.

Vehicle scavenged

Aug. 23 at 8 am police received a report of an abandoned vehicle on Hwy 1 at Basque Rd. The complainant said the green 1997 Honda Civic had been there for five days and someone had scavenged it that morning, taking the wheels and removing other parts. The Registered Owner is a 17 year old Ashcroft woman. Police are still attempting to contact her.

Early morning stop

Aug. 24 at 3:45 am a 63 year old Ashcroft woman reported seeing a suspicious male pull up to the OK Stop in a white or gray van, get out and stand next to the store’s front door for about 10 minutes. He then got back into his vehicle and drove away.

Attempted B&E

Aug. 24 at 8:30 am residents on Drinkwater Rd. reported an attempted break and enter of their travel trailer, which they were sleeping in at the time. The property owner, a 70 year old West Vancouver man, reported that they were sleeping in a small travel trailer when they were awoken by sounds. Whoever made them ran away when the lights were turned on. No vehicles were noticed in the area. The man was advised to lock his gate at night.

Hay!

Aug. 24 at 12:20 pm police attended a traffic hazard on Hwy 1 at Hwy 97C when a tractor trailer hauling hay dumped its load at the junction. The 49 year old Cache Creek driver couldn’t explain how he’d lost the load, saying that he thought that it had been tied correctly. He was issued tickets for an insecure load and failing to produce a Drivers License. The hay was cleaned up.

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