Police Report – March is scam prevention month

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Fight in the parking lot

March 2 at 6:30 pm police attended to a fight between three men outside the Oasis pub. They were gone before police arrived, but the victim was identified to police. The 21 year old Cache Creek man was located and said he went out of the pub to the parking lot with two other men and one of them jumped him . There were no injuries and no sign of him being involved in a fight. The incident was deemed to be consensual.

Scam involving the RCMP

March 3 RCMP warn that there is a new telephone scam in the area involving scammers who call themselves the “RCMP Fraud Squad”. The caller informs the victim that their computer may be compromised and requires $50 to analyze the computer. The victim transfers the money to them electronically and gives access to the computer. The scammer finds a problem with the computer and wants another $450 to fix it. By then they have access to everything on the computer, including the victim’s financial and personal information. RCMP remind the public that it does not offer a computer repair service, and the public should not provide personal information or give computer access to anyone calling them unexpectedly.

Speeding without a license

March 4 at 9:30 am Traffic Services stopped a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Hwy 1 just outside of Lytton for travelling at 127 kph in a 100 kph zone. The driver couldn’t produce a valid Drivers License and was found to be a prohibited driver. The 59 year old Vancouver man was given a ticket for speeding and charged with driving while prohibited. His vehicle was towed for impound.

Just passing through

March 5 at 3:30 pm Traffic Services stopped a 2011 Dodge 1500 on Hwy 1 by the Husky in Cache Creek. It was travelling at 114 kph in the 50 kph zone. The 22 year old Fort St. James man was given a ticket for excessive speed and his pickup truck was impounded for seven days.

Verbal confrontation downtown

March 6 police received a third party report of a loud verbal confrontation that took place the night before in Ashcroft. The caller said he observed a male yelling at a disabled woman downtown. A bystander intervened and the suspect departed. The matter is still under investigation.

New driving experience

March 7 at 5:30 pm Traffic Services stopped a southbound vehicle travelling at 140 kph in the 90 kph zone on Hwy 97 about 2 km north of Cache Creek. The 19 year old Kamloops woman with the new license was given a ticket for excessive speed and her 2004 Chev Epica was impounded for seven days.