Members of the public help police track down break-and-enter culprits

100 Mile House RCMP responded to 38 calls for service this past week

After ramming a pickup truck through the front door of the Forest Grove Store and stealing liquor, tobacco and other items, three men were arrested on Feb. 28.

After ramming a pickup truck through the front door of the Forest Grove Store and stealing liquor, tobacco and other items, three men were arrested on Feb. 28.

100 Mile House RCMP responded to 38 calls for service this past week.

 

Smash and grab

The morning of Feb. 28 started off with a call at 6:22 a.m. about a truck used to break into the Forest Grove Store.

An older model pickup truck, which had been rammed through the front door and metal grating, was still embedded in the building. The suspects had gained entry and made off with a sizable amount of liquor, tobacco and other items.

Witnesses reported seeing suspects walking away from the scene. RCMP members along with the Police Dog Services member from Williams Lake followed tracks, which resulted in members’ attendance to a residence on Bakkan Road.

Three extremely intoxicated males were arrested from inside the residence, all of whom are known to police, and were returned to 100 Mile House detachment. A search warrant was executed on the residence, which resulted a majority of the stolen items being located.

All three were charged with break-and-enter to a business and bail hearings were conducted for all.

James John Frank, 27, and George Lester Mooney, 54, were released on strict conditions.

Timothy Joel Harden, 35, was remanded in custody until court in Williams Lake on March 3. Harden is also facing three counts of breaching an undertaking and one count of breaching a recognizance.

 

Threatened with firearm

Around 10:19 p.m. on Feb. 28, a report of a male being threatened was received by RCMP.

It was reported that a male’s life was threatened by a subject holding a loaded, prohibited weapon in his hand. The apparent threat was uttered after being questioned about financial retribution for work completed.

The 100 Mile House RCMP attended along with members from Cariboo Chilcotin Traffic Services and located the victim running down Highway 24 near Roe Lake.

The suspect was believed to be alone inside his rural residence on High Country Road. Members attempted to contact the suspect and negotiate a peaceful surrender; however, the suspect was extremely intoxicated.

Members remained on scene throughout the night and arrested the suspect as he was leaving his residence in the morning and seized a loaded, prohibited weapon from his bag. A search warrant was executed on his residence and additional firearms were located.

Charges of uttering threats and various firearms offences have been laid against the 58-year-old resident and he was released on various conditions.

 

Break, enter and theft

Around 5:14 a.m. of Feb. 27, 100 Mile RCMP received a report of break-and-enter at an occupied residence on Eighth Street in 100 Mile house.

An elderly female reported she was awoken by a male in her bedroom. The male fled the room after emptying the contents of her purse and stealing cash from her wallet.

100 Mile House RCMP members attended along with a Police Dog Services member from Williams Lake and were successful in locating a suspect who matched the description of the intruder.

A 23-year-old 100 Mile House resident was arrested and charged with break-and-enter into a residence and all stolen items were retrieved. A bail hearing was conducted during which the man was remanded in custody until March 3 to produce bail and then was released on strict conditions, including curfew restrictions.

 

Public involvement

The above break-and-enter investigations were successful, in part due to the involvement of members of the public and their willingness to report incidents to the police.

The witnesses in both cases provided key information that assisted police with the investigation and arrests of suspects.

The 100 Mile House RCMP would like to thank those witnesses who have come forward on these investigations, as well as any other investigation, as witness information is a crucial component to battling crime within our community.

Anyone observing any suspicious activity, can report it to 100 Mile House RCMP at 250-395-2456 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

 

100 Mile House Free Press

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