Police Report – gold scams and virtual threats

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Follow the stolen car

Sept. 11 the Ashcroft Detachment assisted the Kamloops Rural Detachment in locating a 1993 yellow Subaru Loyale. The car had originally been left at the Big Sky station on Hwy 1 after it had broken down on Aug. 15. At that time, the owner removed the plates. It disappeared the same day and a suspect from Hat Creek was identified. The suspect was questioned and stated that he’d spoken with the owner and was under the impression that it was his to take. He attempted to drive it home, but he abandoned it after it broke down on the highway. After than, it disappeared again, taken by unknown suspects. The matter is still under investigation by the Kamloops Rural Detachment.

Jetta speed demon

Aug. 12 at 2 pm Traffic Services officers stopped a vehicle in Cache Creek on Hwy 1 near the Starhouse Restaurant which was travelling at 98 kph in the 50 kph zone. The 29 year old Abbotsford woman woman was given a ticket for excessive speed and her 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was impounded for seven days.

Man charged with possession

Aug. 12 at 4 pm police stopped a vehicle on Hwy 1 in Cache Creek at Old Cariboo Rd. for speeding. While speaking to the driver, the officer  noted the smell of marijuana in the 2013 Jeep Wrangler. A package containing 1.85 pounds of dried bud was located and seized. The driver and sole occupant, a 27 year old Nanaimo man, was arrested and faces a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was also issued a ticket for speeding.

Still fight left in him

Aug. 13 around noon police were called to the Nugget Motel in Cache Creek for an assault in progress between two of the motel’s residents. A 73 year old man was arrested for allegedly punching an 80 year old man. There were no serious injuries. The 73 year old was arrested for assault and lodged in cells until sober.

Long distance threats

Aug. 13 at 3 pm police received a complaint from a 17 year old Cache Creek man that he was receiving threatening messages via Facebook from a 19 year old man in Chetwynd. Both were contacted by police who determined that threatening messages were going both ways. They were advised to block each other’s messages and avoid contact.

Drunk in a public place

Aug. 13 at 5 pm police received a complaint of a man acting strangely in Heritage Place Park in Ashcroft. The 21 year old Ashcroft man was located on Railway Ave. near the trailer park. He was observed to be highly intoxicated and was arrested for being drunk in a public place. He was held in cells until sober.

Drinking beer in public

Aug. 14 at 5:30 pm while  patrolling the Cache Creek park during a softball tournament, a male spectator was observed drinking beer in public. He was not intoxicated. He was co-operative and poured out his beer. The officer gave him a verbal warning.

Brushfire started by truck

Aug. 15 at 7 pm RCMP received a call from Forestry to advise them  of a brushfire northeast of the Bonaparte Reserve and southwest of Arrowstone Park. The fire was under control but had been caused by a vehicle fire. The owner was located, a 35 year old Cache Creek man, who advised that he had been four-wheeling in the area in his 2000 Chevrolet Silverado and had gotten it stuck. He was planning to retrieve it. It is unknown whether the fire was deliberate or caused by the vehicle overheating.

Beware of gold peddlars

Aug. 16 at 10 am police received a complaint from a resident of Brink St. in Ashcroft that two men in a car were trying to sell him gold jewellry. The men are known by police to be operating in the area, especially in Clinton. The men are usually accompanied by two women, all of whom are of East Indian origin, and drive a light coloured sub-compact car. The men were not located. Police advise that the jewellry is not gold.

Off to Kamloops

Aug. 16 at 6:30 pm BC Ambulance requested assistance with a potentially agitated man who called them after driving to the Ashcroft hospital and finding out it was closed. Police located the 31 year old Cache Creek man who was calm but suspected that he had food poisoning. They stayed with him until BC Ambulance arrived to transport him to Kamloops. RCMP delivered his dog to the Ashcroft animal control officer for care.