Police Report – scams for the holidays

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

One year for pickup theft

Justin Colpitts, 26, of Salmon Arm, pled guilty of possession of a stolen vehicle in Kamloops Court on Dec. 16 and received one year of incarceration followed by 18 months of probabion.

Colpitts was arrested after he crashed a stolen Ford F250 he was driving on Hwy 97 south of Maidencreek Rd. on Dec. 6. He lost control of the truck on icy roads and rolled it into the ditch. The truck was reported stolen from 100 Mile House, where he was tranported by ambulance for treatment. The truck was destroyed in the accident.

Colpitts has a long history of stolen vehicle and property offences, going back to 2001, with a total of 74 Criminal Code convictions.

Friend steals credit card

Dec. 10 police received a complaint that a credit card had been stolen from an Ashcroft residence and used fraudulently. The card was used at the Chevron, Husky and Oasis Pub in Cache Creek all in the same day. Police arrested a 31 year old Ashcroft man but his friend, the owner of the credit card, asked that no criminal charges be laid as they wished to work out the issue with him.

Adding insult to injury

Dec. 10 at 12:50 pm while on routine patrol, RCMP stopped a Pontiac Sunfire in Cache Creek on the highway by Sage ‘n Sands trailer court for a brake light problem. The driver, a 21 year old Cache Creek man, was flagged  to be served with a five-month driving prohibition, which he was.

Dec. 13 at 8 pm the same man was observed driving in Cache Creek and stopped. He was charged with driving while prohibited and his vehicle was impounded.

Tantrum at the Liquor Store

Dec. 10 at 5:50 pm police received a complaint from the Cache Creek Liquor Store than an unhappy customer had kicked the front door on the way out and cracked the glass. He was not located and was unknown to staff and police.

Oldsmobile toboggan

Dec. 12 at 7:45 am police attended a single vehicle collision on Hwy 1 west of the Juniper Beach turnoff when the driver of a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue lost control on slippery roads and went off road to the right. The vehicle suffered extensive front end damage and was a write off, but the 53 year old Kamloops driver was not injured.

Lousy on the curves

Dec. 12 at 10:20 am police attended a single vehicle collision on Hwy 99 about 5 km west of Historic Hat Creek Ranch after a 62 year old Lillooet woman lost control of her 2002 Infiniti SUV on a curve and rolled across the road into into the oncomig ditch. The woman was transported to Ashcroft hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.

Fire hydrant busted

Dec. 12 police received a report from the Village of Cache Creek that  a fire hydrant near the Oasis Plaza on Hwy 97 had been damaged, possibly by a large truck. Anyone witnessing the accident or having any information about it is asked to contact the RCMP at 453-2216.

Telephone donation scam

Dec. 12 at 1 pm police received a complaint from a local person regarding a female caller soliciting donations for local groups. The women indicated that she was phoning on behalf of minor hockey and the local skating club, asking residents to send money to support the local groups. However, when contacted, a representative of the Thompson Cariboo Minor Hockey Association said it wasn’t them because they don’t solicit donations by telephone. The initial call was untraceable. Residents are warned against giving money over the telephone to groups if they can’t verify who the caller is.

Jump start on the holidays

Dec. 14 at 7 am police were called to a residence on the Ashcroft Reserve to remove an intoxicated male. Police arrived and found the 62 year old male, who was co-operative. A second male, 23 years old, was found walking down the road and was also picked up. Both family members were given a ride to Cache Creek and left at a coffee shop.

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