On the evenings of Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5, Chase RCMP conducted roadside checkstop operations at Pine Street and Third Avenue in the Village of Chase and at Notch Hill Road in Sorrento. Several dozen vehicles were checked.
A drinking-driving case was investigated, which resulted in a three-day immediate roadside prohibition, and one prohibited driver was taken off the road.
Several minor infractions were dealt with by way of verbal warnings, with no violation tickets issued. Police remind motorists that checkstops will be up during the holiday season and, if you plan to drink, then organize a safe way to get home.
Assault victim uncooperative
On Dec. 5 at 2:20 a.m., Chase RCMP responded to a report of an assault at the Chase Plaza parking lot.
The 25-year-old male victim had a serious facial injury but was uncooperative with the attending officers and refused to provide information about the assault. Witnesses standing nearby also refused to provide information. The victim was transported to hospital in Kamloops by ambulance and the case remains under investigation.
On Dec. 5, Chase RCMP received a report of a theft of a bicycle trailer on Arbutus Street.
The theft occurred between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The trailer, designed to be towed behind a bicycle, had been left unsecured outside of a residence. The trailer was covered with blue canvas, is three-and-a-half feet long with large tires on grey solid rims and is a UK brand. Value of the trailer is about $500. Anyone with knowledge of this crime is asked to call the Chase RCMP detachment or Crimestoppers.
On Dec. 6, Chase RCMP received a report of an attempted fraud through cell phone communications. The intended victim reported that while attempting to do financial transactions on his smart phone, he received a pop-up message from the “Cyber Police.”
The message directed the intended victim to go to a gas station or Canada Post outlet, purchase a pay card and send $250, or face prison for various crimes. The cell carrier has stated that this scam is based on a computer virus. The RCMP reminds cell phone users that financial scams are common, and not to respond to these types of pop-up messages. If you receive suspicious communications that include personal banking information, contact your financial institution to ensure no fraudulent transactions have occurred and to learn how to protect your accounts.
No arrest in robbery
Chase RCMP continue to investigate the robbery at the RBC branch on November 30th. All information, particularly regarding the white SUV and its occupants seen leaving the area, is potentially important to the investigation. Anyone who may have information is asked to call the detachment at 250-679-3221 or Crimestoppers.