Police Report - Intoxicated man found to have warrant
On Feb. 23 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Merritt RCMP were conducting foot patrols on Voght Street in Merritt when they observed a local 21-year-old man who was intoxicated. The man was known to police from prior dealings and was known to have been breaching his court-imposed condition not to consume alcohol.
There was also a warrant issued for the man who had failed to appear in court to answer for charges of assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was held in custody and later released to appear in provincial court in April.
Sometime overnight on Feb. 23, unknown person(s) smashed out the two small windows in a business in the 1600 block of Wilson Street. Police located a small folding rack or magazine holder that was believed to have been used to smash the windows. Damage was estimated at $100. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crime Stoppers.
Breach of bail
On Feb. 24 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Merritt RCMP received a complaint from a citizen that a drunk male was passed out in the staircase at a local licenced establishment.
Police attended and observed a 20-year-old local man laying on his back with his legs dropped on the staircase and snoring. The man was arrested and computer checks revealed that he was breaching his probation order and other court-imposed conditions. Tyler Collins was remanded in custody and appeared before a provincial court judge on Feb. 25 at Kamloops Provincial Courthouse. He will answer to charges of breach of bail and failure to comply with recognizance.
Drunk driver becomes erratic
On Feb. 24 at approximately 3 a.m., Merritt RCMP received a citizen’s complaint of a possible impaired driver in the downtown core.
Police were provided with an excellent description of the vehicle and of the female who was driving.
Police located the vehicle in the parking lot of a local business. Investigation determined that the driver, a local 27-year-old woman, had been drinking and her ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired.
She was subsequently issued a 24 hour driver’s licence prohibition. During the investigation, the woman’s behaviour became erratic, and she was held in custody until she could take care of herself.
Stolen gerry cans partially recovered
On Feb. 24 at 7:30 a.m., Merritt RCMP were advised by a citizen that they had found 13 gerry cans and five 20-litre cans in the ditch on the left side of Coldwater Road.
The cans were labelled “BCFS” and had been stolen the previous evening.
The cans were located approximately four kilometres south of Merritt on Coldwater Road. There are still eight gerry cans missing. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crime Stoppers.
Sometime overnight on Feb. 28, unknown person(s) stole a quantity of diesel from an excavator parked on property at the Clapperton Ranch on Highway 8.
If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crime Stoppers.
Notes of Interest:
Since Feb. 22, Merritt police officers responded to 112 calls for service; nine false/abandoned 911 calls; three false alarms; and 12 drunk in public arrests.