Police Report – Scams and dirty tricks

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Police looking for victims

Several residents have reported being contacted by a telephone scam where the caller claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency following up on outstanding bills. RCMP are asking to hear from anyone who has actually sent them money. There is a potential suspect in Toronto who is being investigated for carrying out this scam.

Fast and erratic

Feb. 2 at 10 pm RCMP received a report of an erratic driver on Hwy 1 just north of Cornwall Rd. The vehicle was spotted by Wastech and observed travelling at 72 kph as it entered Cache Creek.The driver and lone occupant, a 35 year old Prince George woman, said she was being tailgated by a vehicle with its high beams on, causing her erratic driving. The officer issued her a ticket for speeding and noticed an odour of marijuana in her vehicle. A small bag of pot was seized. She did not display any signs of impairment and was allowed to continue on her way.

Spring burning

Feb. 4 at 7:30 am police received a report that a trailer was on fire in Walhachin. The area is outside of the local fire protection areas. Police arrived and found the fire to be a controlled burning of wooden pallets by an employee at the Silva Gro Nursery.

Unwanted visitor

Feb. 5 at 7:45 pm police were called to the Castle Inn after an alleged assault. The victim, a 61 year old woman, had purposely entered the apartment of a 25 year old male. When she refused to leave, he removed her using as much force as was necessary. There were no injuries and no charges.

Pricey games

RCMP were informed of a new internet scam where a company called Luxquiz offers games and monthly prizes, including an iPhone, on their site which people have to subscribe to first. The fine print, which they may not have noticed, says they will be charged $132 a month. It is not illegal, but it may entice people to sign up and incur unexpected expenses.

Consensual bar fight

Feb. 7 at 12:10 am police received an abandoned 911 call in which they heard a woman yelling in the background to call the police. The cell phone was tracked to the River Inn where there was a fight in the bar between two men, a 30 year old Lytton man and a 34 year old Abbotsford man. The two men were drinking and joking around. They got into an argument and then briefly into a physical altercation. The Lytton man was gone before police arrived. There were no injuries and no charges.