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Runaway pony, stolen vehicles and break and enters keep Williams Lake RCMP busy over the weekend
Among the 60 calls that kept Williams Lake RCMP busy over the weekend, a police report issued Jan. 28 highlighted some incidents including a runaway pony, vehicle thefts and break and enters.
At 4:41 p.m. police received a call from an individual who wanted to report that his iPad was stolen from his residence on 11th Avenue North. The complainant said that his door was unlocked, there was no forced entry and no one was home at the time. Through a tracking device on the iPad the police were able to locate the iPad and attended at a residence in Williams Lake where the computer was recovered.
At 11:32 p.m. police received a call from EHS/Fire reporting that a male was suffering from smoke inhalation. Police attended a residence on Yorston Street and spoke to fire department members. As it turned out one of the male occupants in the apartment stated that he was cooking toast that caught on fire causing the apartment to smoke up. He left the residence, however his father was still in the apartment. Police confirmed the cause of the fire with the fire department. One occupant was taken to the hospital by EHS for smoke inhalation. The fire department vented the premises and no further action was required.
At 12:21 p.m. a complaint was received from an individual that his blue 1989 Chevy truck had been broken into while parked at an apartment building on First Avenue North. The owner of the vehicle advised that someone had kicked in the back window of the truck, but there was nothing missing. Police confirmed that the back window of the truck was smashed and that it looked as though the vehicle had been rummaged through. No suspects have been identified.
At 3:21 p.m. a complaint from an individual regarding her purse being stolen from an unlocked work vehicle. The owner of the purse also advised dispatch that her Visa had been used at a business in Williams Lake and that as a result she cancelled her Visa right away. The matter is still under investigation.
At 7:01 p.m. police responded to a report from an individual that the back passenger window on a 2002 Honda Odyssey was smashed while parked on Oliver St. The vehicle owner reported that the window could have been smashed within the last four hours of reporting. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle. No suspects were identified.
At 4:12 a.m. police responded to a call that there was a pony running rampantly west on Highway 20. When police arrived in the area they found the pony. The constables attempted to drive in front of the pony and corner it on the side of the road so it could be grabbed. The pony began trying to run away from the police truck and ran speeds of 40 km/h. The pony was finally corralled thanks to one of the police officer's rodeo skills. The pony was then walked up to the SPCA where the SPCA took over possession of the animal. The pony was left with the SPCA to be picked up by the owner if/when located.
At 7:43 a.m. the owner of a Chevy pick-up truck reported that his vehicle had been stolen some time overnight between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. while parked at a residence on Dog Creek Road. Police attended the scene and noted there was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle because it had been left unlocked. The owner advised that there was 3/4s of a tank of gas. The vehicle was later located by police in Alexis Creek that day. The matter is still under investigation.
At 11:28 a.m. police responded to a report that a green 1993 Jeep Cherokee had been broken into while parked at a residence on Dog Creek Road. The jeep rear passenger side window was smashed out to gain entry and then the suspect(s) unlocked and entered the jeep.
While inside the suspect(s) tried to steal the vehicle by breaking the steering column. They were unsuccessful in their attempt and left the jeep. It is believed the suspects then stole a neighbour's truck that was later recovered in Alexis Creek. The attempted theft occurred overnight sometime between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m.
At 1:30 p.m. police conducted a road check stop at the intersection of Dog Creek and Ottoman Roads. Approximately 75 vehicles checked. One 90-day Roadside Prohibition was issued, three traffic infraction tickets were issued, and two Notice and Order to repair vehicles were issued.