Police Report: RCMP break up house party, respond to theft
• Merritt RCMP are investigating two separate reports of shoplifting from a local downtown business. In each case, small edible items were taken and witnesses provided a description of a suspect vehicle, as well as a suspect. Two charges of Theft Under $5000 are being forwarded to Crown Counsel for approval. The suspect, a local woman, cannot be identified until formal charges are laid.
• On Aug. 23, Merritt RCMP responded to a citizen’s complaint of an intoxicated male passed out inside a local business. The male, a local 20 year old, was found grossly intoxicated and was very difficult to rouse. The male was arrested and lodged in cells until he sobered up and could take care of himself.
•Aug. 24, at approximately 11 p.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a theft from vehicle complaint in the 2600 block of Quilchena Ave. A local citizen reported that they had observed an unknown female inside their vehicle.
When the female was confronted, she ran away taking the complainant’s cellphone (LG Chic Touch Screen). The female also attempted to take the complainant’s laptop but dropped it on the ground.
The female was described as five feet tall, small, blond and wearing a white and black hoody with blue jeans. If anyone has any information about this theft, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crime Stoppers.
Residents are also reminded to lock their vehicle and remove any valuables.
• Aug. 25 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a complaint of mischief in the 1500 block of Garcia St. A local citizen was concerned that several youths may be partying in an abandoned residence.
Upon investigation, two local 16 year olds, one 17 year old and one 18 year old were located outside at the rear of the residence. A fifth person was observed inside the house.
Police located a grossly intoxicated local 17-year-old male hiding behind a door in the basement.
Evidence indicated that a party had taken place. The 17 year old was arrested for break and enter and mischief. Liquor was seized and destroyed on scene.
The owner of the residence was notified of the situation; they did not wish to pursue criminal charges and advised that the residence would be further secured in the morning. The youths were turned over to their parents or guardians. No guardian could be located for a 17-year-old male; he was lodged in cells, as he was unable to care for himself. His guardian was later located and the 17 year old was released into his care.
• On Aug. 25, Merritt RCMP received a report of damage to the main gate at Monck Provincial Park. The damage was believed to have occurred between 10 p.m. the previous night and 8 a.m. on Aug. 25. It is believed that someone must have wanted to leave before the gate opened at 8 a.m. as an unknown person broke the weld on the gate allowing them to leave the park.
If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
• On Aug. 25, Merritt RCMP received a report of a 21-speed bike stolen in the 1300 block of Voght St. The bike was stolen sometime between 8 a.m. and midnight on Aug. 24. The bike is described as a blue and grey boy’s 21-speed bike with camo tape on handlebars. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
• Sometime between Aug. 22 - 26, unknown suspect(s) broke into a locked steel shed compound on Roundhouse Road in Brookmere, B.C. Several items were stolen, which include: four 30 pound propane cylinders, two new Colorado pontoon boats still in boxes and a Champion gas-powered water pump (new and still in the box).
Also stolen was a handmade scaled down and fully functional propane-powered locomotive and tender. This train is made to ride on a 7.5-inch gauge track, which is not common. The photos make it difficult to see the true size, but this train is large enough for a grown adult to sit on the locomotive and control it. The entire unit is approximately seven feet long and weighs near 500 lbs. The owner advises that a unit such as this will likely only be sold to and owned by members of a train club -— which are few and far between. The value of the parts to build such a train is approximately $15,000. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers at1-800-222-TIPS.