Rash of burglaries hits Chase

The Chase RCMP detachment has been keeping busy with burglaries and accidents over the last few weeks.

The Village of Chase has seen a recent increase in theft in the area, Sgt. Gary Heebner said Tuesday.

With multiple vehicles being broken into last week, the Chase detachment is looking for any information the public can provide.

Heebner said it’s not known if the incidents are connected.

“Generally speaking it is normally due to one person or group who come into town and wreak havoc for a couple of days and move on.”

The RCMP currently have no suspects.

Heebner suggests that Chase residents keep their vehicles and homes locked, ensure all windows are latched and alarms are installed and set.

He also stresses the importance of video surveillance in catching culprits in the act.

If you see something suspicious, you’re asked to call 911 immediately and explain the circumstance of the break in, Heebner said.

Police will get to the area as soon as possible and take a witness statement.

Snowy crashes

Police were also busy this past week dealing with numerous motor vehicle accidents.

On Monday alone,  Chase RCMP responded to more than 10 calls in the area.

The recent snowfall certainly took some travellers by surprise as most of the incidents were deemed a result of slick and icy roads.

A Chase RCMP officer was given a scare Monday morning when he was involved in a roll-over on Jade Mountain. While the officer walked away unharmed, the RCMP pickup truck was taken to Kamloops for a damage assessment. The RCMP are still awaiting the results.

Also on Monday were a series of accidents on Hoffman’s Bluff involving three semi trucks.

Heebner noted that each of the accidents was separate; however, they resulted from the first.

In one case, a car clipped the front corner of a semi and started a chain reaction, Heebner explained.

Hoffman’s Bluff also saw a number of front-and rear-end collisions as a result of the lineup in the area.

Heebner said the highway was pure ice so vehicles were having trouble gaining traction.

The stretch of highway was closed down for two hours as debris from the incidents was cleaned up.

There were no major injuries reported.

The stretch of highway from Hoffman’s Bluff to Pritchard also saw more than six accidents on Monday.

Most were deemed a result of poor driving conditions, and there were no major injuries reported.

The accidents continued into the week as well, as a single vehicle accident was reported about 8:30 Tuesday morning.

Police arrived to find that a vehicle and its one occupant had gone over an embankment just east of Chase.

The vehicle went off Highway 1 just before the CP  Rail bridge.

While there were no major injuries, the female driver was transported to the Chase Clinic by ambulance.


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