Inflated boat stolen

Sometime between 1:30 and 9:00 a.m. on July 18, unknown persons stole an eight-foot Quicksilver Zodiac boat, Shakespeare electric motor, Nautilus Marine battery, Stihl chainsaw, Fenwich fly fishing rod with reels (in cases), a tackle box and a fishing net from a residence in the 1000 block of Houston Street. The electric motor and batteries were stolen from the owner’s truck box while the inflated Zodiac was stolen from the driveway. The total value of goods taken is estimated at $2,500.

Truck break-in

Sometime overnight on July 18, unknown person(s) broke into a pickup truck parked in the 2000 block of Clapperton Avenue. Entry was gained by breaking the latch on the back slider window. A Magelin GPS,, Sirius satellite radio and the face plate from the stereo were stolen.

Thief goes for shampoo

On July 18 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Merritt RCMP were dispatched to a report of a theft at a local business in the 1700 block of Garcia Street. A 44-year-old local female was observed stealing fresh berries and shampoo bottles and trying to exit the store without paying for the items. The woman was stopped and escorted back to the store to meet with police. All items were accounted for and returned to the store. The woman was advised that she was banned from the business for a year.

Traffic stop nets high driver

On July 20 at approximately 10 p.m., Merritt First Nations Police and Central Interior Traffic Services (Merritt) conducted a roadblock on Highway 8 near the Shulus Fire Hall. A 22-year-old local man approached the check stop and was found to have been smoking marijuana. It was determined that his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by drug. During the investigation, a small amount of loose marijuana was found under the passenger seat. The man’s driving privileges were subsequently suspended for 24 hours and his vehicle was towed.

Merritt detachment: 378-4262

Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS