Police Report – new telephone scam, target practice

The weekly crime report from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

  • Sep. 12, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Bear injured on Hwy 1

Aug. 30 at 2 am police received a report of an injured bear on Hwy 1 south of Cache Creek. The complainant said they thought it had been hit by a vehicle. The bear was gone before police arrived.

Bathroom emergency

Aug. 31 at 7 pm police received a report of a woman in a vehicle screaming and trying to exit through the window. The caller said it looked like an attempted abduction. Police located the vehicle and interviewed the driver and passenger. Apparently the 36 year old Ashcroft woman was desperate to stop for a washroom break although her 48 year old husband was determined to keep driving until they reached their destination.

Catching speeders

Aug. 31 at 8:30 pm a Traffic Service officer conducting radar stopped a 2009 Honda Fit on Hwy 1 at the bottom of Jackass Mountain. The vehicle was travelling at 137 kph in the 90 kph zone. The 24 year old Langley driver was issued a ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

At 9 pm in the same location, the officer pulled over a 2012 Nissan Versa, which was also speeding along at 137 kph in the 90 kph zone. The driver, a 30 year old Chilliwack woman, was issued a ticket for excessive speed and her vehicle was impounded for seven days.

At 9:30 pm, the officer stopped a 2006 Pontiac G6 which was travelling at 154 kph in the 90 kph zone. The 22 year old Abbotsford man was issued a ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Asleep at the wheel

Sept. 1 at 1:30 am police received a complaint of an intoxicated woman passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle parked in front of the Oasis pub. The complainant was calling because she was in his car, not hers. Police attended and woke the 30 year old Cache Creek woman, giving her a ride home.

Computer woes

Sept. 1 at 10:30 am police responded to a domestic dispute in front of the Ashcroft Library, which turned out to be just a loud argument between a 40 year old woman and a 40 year old woman and a 48 year old man about who would get to use the library computer.

Drinking while speeding

Sept. 1 at 2 pm police received a complaint of an erratic driver southbound on Hwy 97. The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was intercepted on Hwy 97C approaching the bridge and stopped after recording its speed as 113 kph in the 60 kph zone. The driver, a 30 year old man from Lower Nicola, was found to be a prohibited driver. He also had open liquor in the car and a slight odour of liquor on his breath. He was charged with driving while prohibited, and issued tickets for excessive speed and having open liquor in the vehicle. His car was impounded for 30 days and his mostly intact 18-pack of Budweiser was poured into the ditch.

Three day suspension

Sept. 1 at 7:15 pm a Traffic Service officer stopped a 2003 Dodge Caravan on Hwy 8 at the old bridge in Spences Bridge. The officer detected the odour of liquor on the driver’s breath and administered a roadside sobriety device, on which the driver blew a Warn. The 53 year old Mission man was issued a three day driving suspension and his vehicle was impounded.

No license

Sept. 1 at 9 pm a Traffic Service officer stopped a Mazda 3 on Main St. in Lytton. The officer detected an odour of liquor on the driver’s breath. The driver, a 21 year old Merritt man, could not produce a valid Drivers License and was issued a ticket for that. He was also given a 12 hour driving suspension for impairment and his vehicle was towed.

BMX bike returned

Sept. 2 police received a report of a missing child’s BMX bike, which was noted in the Aug. 28 Police Report as being turned in to the Detachment on Aug. 22. RCMP happily reunited the bike and helmet with its owner. The items were found at the Ashcroft pool park.

Target practice

Sept. 3 police received a report of a break and entry and theft from a cabin at Walhachin. The incident likely occurred on Aug. 23 and was caught on surveillance cameras around the cabin. The surveillance tape showed two Caucasian males carrying rifles take a Coleman lamp and a telescope. Then they fired shots into the cabin and also three old vehicles abandoned on the property. The matter is still under investigation.

Not just a seatbelt

Sept. 3 at 3 pm a Traffic Service officer stopped a 1993 GMC Yukon on Hwy 1 in Cache Creek because the passenger was not wearing a seat belt. The driver, a 42 year old Lillooet man, first gave a false name and Drivers License. When his true identity was revealed, he was found to be a prohibited driver. He was charged with driving while prohibited, issued a ticket for driving without a Drivers License, and the truck was impounded. His passenger, a 54 year old Lillooet man, was issued a ticket for not wearing his seat belt.

Abandoned vehicle

Sept. 4 at 11 am police received a report of an abandoned vehicle that had been sitting on Hwy 97 about 1 km north of 16 Mile for two weeks. The vehicle was legally parked, but the temporary permit in the rear window was expired, leaving the vehicle uninsured. It was towed and the Registered Owner in Revelstoke was notified.

New telephone scam

Sept. 5 police received a complaint of a new telephone fraud in the area. Complainants reported that someone using an expired Ashroft phone number was calling residents and asking for their credit card information. The number being used is 250-453-2289. Police caution the public from giving out banking information to strangers over the phone.

Purse missing

Sept. 6 at 3:30 pm a female tourist from the Netherlands reported that she’d lost her purse containing her wallet and identification between Duffey Lake on Hwy 99 and Ashcroft. If anyone finds the purse or contents with the last name of Bakker, they are asked to contact RCMP at 453-2216.

Seat belts and more

Sept. 6 at 11:30 am a Traffic Services officer stopped a vehicle on Hwy 1 in Spences  Bridge for a seat belt infraction. A check on the 1988 Olds Cutlass also showed that the license plates did not belong on the car, and that the vehicle was not insured. Nor did the 58 year old Boston Bar driver have a valid Drivers License. He was issued tickets for the misuse of license plates, having no Drivers License, no insurance, and not wearing a seat belt. The license plates were seized, the car was towed and he was further issued notice of a driving prohibition and a notice for having defective seat belts.

Graffiti mischief

Sept. 9 at 4 pm police received a complaint of graffiti painted on the bay door of the old Super Save gas station in Cache Creek.

The following day, they received another report of graffiti, from a truck driver who’s trailer had been parked near the gas station at the same time.

Missed the curve

Sept. 10 at 9:30 am police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 97C near Drinkwater Rd. after an Osoyoos man driving a 2002 Ford Explorer lost control on a curve, crossed the oncoming lane and hit the concrete barrier on the other side of the highway. The SUV was towed and the 22 year old driver was transported to Kamloops for observation. He was uninjured but very shaken up.

Mountain bike stolen

Sept. 10 a Cache Creek resident reported the theft of a  mountain bike from Parke St. Anyone seeing the silver 24-inch Ross Pitbull mountain bike is asked to contact the RCMP.

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