Police Repot – Rockslides and wandering patients

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Didn’t like boyfriend

Feb. 5 at 2:15 pm police received a complaint about a 72 year old Kamloops woman causing a disturbance at the Nugget Motel in Cache Creek where her 21 year old granddaughter was staying with her 31 year old boyfriend. The older woman wanted her granddaughter to leave with her. Police attended and she agreed to leave the couple in peace.

Prisoner unresponsive

Feb. 7 at 3:15 am police called BC Ambulance to check on an unresponsive prisoner who had been placed in cells the night before after being arrested for being drunk in a public place. The 48 year old Lilllooet woman was medically fine but was grossly intoxicated.

Racing through town

Feb. 7 at 12:20 pm police stopped a Nissan Centra in Cache Creek for travelling at 82 kph in the 50 kph zone. The 20 year old Prince Rupert man had no valid Drivers License and was a vehicle impound candidate. His vehicle was impounded and he was issued a speeding ticket.

Quick thinking son

Feb. 7 at 2:19 pm a very upset Cache Creek man reported the theft from the back of his pickup truck various tools, including several heirloom tools from his grandfather. The truck was parked at the River Inn overnight and, he said, the tools were left unsecured in the box of the pickup. The man called the Detachment early the next morning to apologize. It seems that when his son arrived at the bar to give him a ride home, the young man had transferred the tools to his own vehicle for safe keeping. Everything was as it should be.

Building broken into

Feb. 8 at 10:30 am a Wastech employee reported a break and enter to one of the empty buildings on the old chip plant property. A padlock had been cut but there was nothing of value inside the building and it was unknown if anything was taken. Wires were ripped off the walls both inside and outside. This occurred some time in the past six weeks. The buildings now have security.

Hospital loses resident

Feb. 8 at 4 pm police were alerted that a 78 year old Ashcroft man had fallen on the street just outside the Detachment and had received injuries to his face where it struck the road. Officers attended to the man until the ambulance arrived. As the Ashcroft Hospital Emergency Room was closed, the ambulance transported the man to Kamloops’ hospital. A short time later, police received a report from the Ashcroft Hospital that one of its Long Term Care residents was missing. They were advised that he was on his way to Kamloops.

Rockslide on Hwy 1

Feb. 8 at 5:15 pm police were alerted to a major rockslide blocking Hwy 1 at Spatsum Bluffs. When they arrived, they found members of the public conducting traffic control as Interior Roads had not yet arrived. The highway was closed for several hours while Roads crews conducted geotechnical surveys of the area.

Broken down truck

Feb. 9 at 6 pm police received a report of an abandoned pickup truck near Chartrand Lake in the Deadman Creek area. The 2007 Ford pickup was registered to a Chilliwack company and its owner was contacted. The owner stated that the truck had broken down and was not driveable. He was working on having it removed.

Neck pains

Feb. 10 at 2 pm police attended the hospital to take a statement from a 69 year old Cache Creek man who had been involved in a collision when his vehicle was hit by another which was backing up in the Lordco parking lot. The other driver, a 29 year old Cache Creek man, told police that he was moving slowly and had just bumped the other vehicle. Damage was minor on one of the vehicles and could not be found on the other. The older man was transported to Kamloops’ hospital in a full neck brace for observation.

Don’t be a fraud victim

Ashcroft RCMP received two complaints of internet fraud in the past week.

Computer users are advised to remain vigilant and to be suspicious if they receive email – or telephone calls or letters – asking them for personal or financial information.

Some of the more popular internet scams of late include emails claiming to be from a bank, declaring that the owner’s bank account has been compromised and needs the information to “unlock” it.

Call your bank if you are in doubt.

Computer owners have also been receiving phone calls from people who claim to work for software companies  and who have miraculously discovered a virus on the owner’s computer, which they will remove as soon as the owner pays the or gives them access to their bank account.

Other scams play on the computer owner’s wish to be helpful and include emails from friends whose email accounts have been hacked and are then used to ask people in their address book to send money for an emergency; and phone calls to seniors from people claiming to be a young relative in need of financial aid.

Both of these can be confirmed by calling the person or families of those asking for money.

If you receive an email, letter, phone call, etc. that you feel is suspicious, call Fraudbusters at 1-888-495-8501 or go to www.phonebusters.com

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