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RCMP busy with vehicle damage and fires during weekend
The RCMP in Williams Lake responded to 98 calls for service during the weekend. In a roundup issued Monday the RCMP highlighted some of the calls.
At 10:34 p.m. police responded to a report that a vehicle was broke into at Signal Point Gaming's parking lot on Broadway Ave South. Police responded and were updated by dispatch that a suspect was heading down Broadway Avenue South into the Kenworth Dealership.
Members observed a male inside the locked compound but were unable to locate anyone inside after a thorough search. The owner of the vehicle at Signal Point Gaming parking lot stated the window was broken, front and back door were left open, and a pair of pliers were left in the car. Stolen from inside the vehicle was a face plate for the stereo.
At 5 a.m. police attempted to stop a swerving West bound pickup on Chilcotin Highway 20 near Meldrum Creek Road. The pickup was travelling at 60 km/hr in a 100 km zone. The pickup fled and two spike belts were successfully deployed. The pickup continued to flee at low speed and finally went off onto a driveway near the Toosey turn off. Three occupants were arrested. The matter is still under investigation.
Around 7:47 a.m. police received a call from a resident on Pigeon Avenue wanting to report that someone vandalized a lamp post that was connected to the property owner's retaining wall that ran along the driveway. The property owner stated the damage occurred sometime between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. There are no suspects.
The RCMP received a complaint of mischief at 8:18 a.m. to a vehicle at 2004 Third Avenue North. The owner of the vehicle advised sometime between 10 p.m. hours and 7 a.m. all four tires on his 1996 Ford Pickup were punctured. Police attended and observed small circular holes, about 4-5 millimetres in diameter, in all tires.
At 3:36 p.m. the RCMP received a request from the 150 Mile House Fire Department to assist with an out-of-control grass fire on Sugar Cane Reserve. Police attended and observed that much of the the field land north of the buildings on the reserve was on fire, or already burnt.
Police spoke with a few residents on the north end on the reserve who advised it had started north of the buildings on Old Road., and spread quickly, luckily away from the houses. Police conducted traffic control on Highway 97 for about an hour, as the flames were getting close to the highway at one point. Fire crews had the fire under control by about 4:30 p.m. and police cleared shortly afterwards.