Assault and bank robbery keep Chase RCMP busy

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CHASE - Theft, assault and attempted fraud cases have kept Chase RCMP officers busy over the past week. 

On Sunday, Dec. 6 the detachment received an attempted fraud report from a man who received a 'pop-up message' on his smartphone while he was making financial transactions. Spokesperson Sgt. Gary Heebner says the notice came from the ‘Cyber Police’ and directed the man to purchase a $250 pay card or face criminal charges.

"The RCMP reminds cell phone users that financial scams are common, and not to respond to these types of pop-up messages. If you receive suspicious communications that includes any personal banking information, contact your financial institution to ensure no fraudulent transactions have occurred and to receive information on how to protect your accounts,” Heebner says.

On Dec. 5 a bicycle trailer worth around $500 was reported stolen. The trailer, which is designed to be towed by a bicycle, was stolen from outside a residence between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. where it was left unsecured. The trailer was more than three feet long and had large tires on grey solid rims. It was covered with blue canvas at the time of the theft.

Officers are also hoping to get more information on a serious assault after a 25-year-old male was found with a facial injury at the Chase plaza parking lot around 2 a.m. on Dec. 5. Heebner says the victim and nearby witnesses were uncooperative with police and did not provide any information. The victim was transferred to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and the case remains under investigation.

After checking dozens of drivers during a checkstop last weekend, Heebner says one impaired driver was taken off the road and a few others received verbal warnings for minor infractions. Officers at the detachment are planning more organized checks during the holiday season.

Heebner says police are still investigating a bank robbery from Nov. 30. Police are still looking for tips on the two suspects along with the white SUV used as a getaway vehicle.

Anyone with information on any of these files is asked to contact the Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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