Teens arrested in break and enter incident

Nelson Police responded to more than 65 calls in a four day period. - File Photo
Nelson Police responded to more than 65 calls in a four day period.
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Two 14-year-old Nelson teens have been arrested and charged after a break and enter incident in the uphill area on Sunday night (March 16).

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Nelson Police Department members received a report of an “in progress” break an enter to a residence in Uphill.  The report was received from a diligent nearby resident who had observed the suspects enter the home through a window.

The owners of the residence were not home at the time of the report. NPD members immediately arrived on scene and observed two males going through the contents of the residence bearing flashlights.

At one point during the observations one of the males was observed wielding an axe.

NPD members forcibly gained access to the residence and attempted to place the male suspects under arrest at gunpoint. The two males refused to comply with police direction and fled through a bedroom window and onto the roof of the residence.

Members pursued the suspects on foot into a wooded area above the residence.  Shortly thereafter one of the males — a 14-year-old Nelson resident — was located and arrested near the scene.

A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the second male, also a 14-year-old Nelson resident.  Both males have been charged and are scheduled to appear in Nelson Court in May.  Both males were under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the commission of these offences and a quantity of Cannabis was seized from one of the arrested males.

All property from the residence was retrieved and there was minimal damage to the residence from NPD forcible entry.

The incident was one of more than 65 calls the NPD responded to during a four day span from March 14-17.

Other calls of interest included:

On March 15 at approximately 4 a.m., NPD members received a report of a motor vehicle incident from an Uphill resident who advised that a vehicle had gone off road into his yard and narrowly missed striking the residence.

A male driver was observed departing the scene after unsuccessful attempts to free the vehicle from a snow bank.  NPD members arrived on scene to find the vehicle abandoned.  A subsequent investigation revealed the driver to be occupying a nearby residence.

The 25-year-old Nelson resident was found under the influence of alcohol and admitted to the incident.  The male was issued a 24 hour suspension and a violation ticket for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.  His vehicle was also impounded for 24 hours.

Also on March 15, at about 11:35 p.m. the police received a report from a downtown licensed establishment staff member who had allegedly been assaulted by a young female after he denied her entry into the bar.

The 18 year old female attempted to gain access to the bar using a fake ID and, when discovered by the staff member, she became enraged and slapped him in the face before fleeing the area.  After patrolling the area, NPD members were able to locate the female in a parked vehicle nearby.  She was arrested for assault and being intoxicated in a public place.  The female was later released without charge as the staff member did not wish to proceed further.

On March 16, a downtown resident contacted NPD to report his vehicle had been stolen sometime overnight in the downtown area.  The vehicle is described as a grey 2002 Ford Escape bearing BC licence plate 193-TWF and has not been located at this time. Currently there are no suspects or witnesses in relation to this incident.


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