Vehicle damage to a hydro pole and medication theft among 60 calls RCMP responded to during the weekend.
At approximately 7:10 p.m. while making routine patrol, police observed several beer cans strewn about the parking lot at the Coast Fraser Beer & Wine Store on Donald Road.
Enquiries with beer store staff revealed a male had just tried to steal a case of beer. Vehicle and suspect descriptions were obtained from the staff and the follow-up investigation resulted in the arrest of two males, one of whom was taken into custody pending court in relation to this and numerous other thefts in the Williams Lake area.
Police are continuing to follow up with investigation into these thefts and additional court action is pending against the male perpetrator taken into police custody.
Police responded to a report of a vehicle stuck in a yard on Fairview Drive at 12:52 a.m. Subsequent investigation by police revealed the driver of the vehicle had lost control sliding into the snow and getting stuck. The vehicle had slid off the left side of the road, cut through a wooden power pole and come to rest on the front lawn of the residence. Police also determined the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol and there was evidence of alcohol consumption located at the scene.
BC Hydro was notified of the incident and damage to hydro property. The driver was given a 24-hour prohibition and his vehicle was towed and impounded for 24 hours. He was also was given a Violation Ticket for Speed Relative to Conditions and for possession of open liquor in a motor vehicle.
Police responded to a report at 2:37 p.m of a fight between a shoplifter and security guards at Save On Foods on Oliver Street.
Police arrived minutes later and located security guards and a civilian holding down a male. Police approached the male and the security guards and civilian released the male to police custody. He was placed under arrest for theft.
Police later determined the male taken into custody hadn’t stolen anything from the store but was banned from the store for assaulting one of the employees. Despite being asked several times to leave the store the male became combative pushing one of the security guards which resulted in the male having to be subdued until police arrival. One of the security guards said the male was being so combative that he and a bystander jumped into help the Save on Foods security guard restrain the male until police arrival. Despite the altercation, no charges are being contemplated and the male was lodged into police custody until sober.
At 12:12 a.m. Williams Lake RCMP received a complaint from an individual that their medication was stolen from a vehicle while parked on Borland Street. The family was attending church when the theft occurred. The lock on the front passenger door was slightly damaged and may have been the point of entry. The owner may have left the van unlocked as well.
The medication was in a black bag that could have been mistaken for a purse. The owner of the medication was concerned that anyone taking the medication could be subjected to serious harmful side effects if the medication was abused. There were no witnesses to the theft and no suspects have been identified.