The BC Day weekend was busy in the Chase RCMP detachment area, with the following events of note:
On July 31, about 11 p.m., Chase RCMP received a report of a tractor-trailer travelling westbound on Highway 1. The rig was near Arnouse Lane when the driver saw the vehicle ahead of him swerve around a person standing partway into the travel lane.
The truck driver slowed down and, as he did, the passenger window of his tractor unit suddenly smashed. Investigating officers learned the person on the highway had thrown a glass “bong” at the passenger-side window.
No suspect was identified at the time, and police are requesting anyone with knowledge of this incident to call the Chase detachment at 250-679-3221, or Crimestoppers.
Over the course of the long weekend, Chase RCMP opened 10 impaired driving investigations.
With the convenience of smart phones, taxi service to most areas, and family and friends to act as designated drivers, there is no reason for anyone to drive after drinking, police emphasize.
Chase RCMP say they will continue with checkstops and if you have been drinking and decide to drive, expect to be caught and issued an immediate roadside prohibition with a vehicle impoundment or face a criminal code charge.
The annual Seymour Sizzler baseball tournament was held over the weekend, and Chase RCMP were in attendance for the three-day event.
Despite the hot weather and large number of people attending, there were only a few policing issues.
Four vehicle checkstops were conducted, which resulted in three investigations for drinking and driving. In each case immediate roadside prohibitions were issued and the vehicles impounded. As well, four tickets were issued for no insurance.
RCMP assisted BC Ambulance with an incident on the lake, in which a woman suffered a possible concussion. On Saturday night, a minor assault occurred between two men. No charges resulted from this incident.
On July 31, Chase RCMP attended a party at Express Point Road, at which the outdoor, late-night karaoke was too much for one neighbour. The homeowner hosting the party agreed to turn down the volume.
Aug. 1, about 1 a.m., police received a report of five intoxicated youths boarding a vessel at Captain’s Village Marina, while the owner was sleeping aboard. The owner chased the youths off. Nothing was stolen in the incident, and the owner was not able to provide a description of the youths.
Aug. 3, about 1:30 p.m., Chase RCMP received a report of a theft from a vehicle at Shuswap Lake Provincial Park.
The vehicle’s owner had left her purse inside the locked car, and the thief smashed the rear window to grab it. The purse contained the owners BC driver’s licence, bank and credit cards, birth certificate and an iPhone 5.
The cell phone’s locating feature showed the phone was already in the Kamloops area. There were no witnesses to the event, and police are asking anyone with knowledge of this crime to call the Chase detachment at 250-679-3221, or Crimestoppers.
Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park
On July 31, about 4 p.m., a visitor from Calgary reported her purse was stolen from her locked vehicle. There were no witnesses and no signs of forced entry to the vehicle. Police are asking anyone with information about this crime to call Chase Detachment at 250-769-3221, or Crimestoppers.
Village of Chase
On Aug. 2, about 5 p.m., someone entered an unlocked pickup truck at the Chase Fire Hall and stole a wallet containing a debit card, a temporary B.C. driver’s licence and a quantity of cash.
There were no witnesses to the crime and a suspect has not been identified. Anyone with knowledge of this crime is asked to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221, or Crimestoppers.
July 30, about 2 a.m., Chase RCMP were dispatched to a break-and-enter at Safety Mart Foods on Brooke Drive in Chase. The owner of the business had received a glass break alarm and found a front window shattered by a large rock.
Police responded immediately and cleared the business; however, the offenders were gone.
Video surveillance showed two males, both about six feet tall and slender, wearing black hoodies, grey sweat pants and baseball caps, enter the store through the broken window. They grabbed low-value items and fled the scene.
Forensic examination is underway to help identify the suspects, and anyone with knowledge of this crime is asked to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221 or Crimestoppers.
July 30, at 5:40 a.m., Chase RCMP were called out to a break-and-enter at Peoples Food & Drug on Shuswap Avenue in Chase.
Video surveillance showed two males casing the store shortly after midnight, then returning at about 2:15 a.m., breaking the door glass to enter.
Two males entered the premises, and stole energy drinks, a decorative plate, possibly some chips and other low-value items.
The RCMP forensic identification section went to the store and examined certain areas for fingerprints.
The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221, or Crimestoppers.