July 03, 2014 - 8:46 AM
KAMLOOPS – RCMP have now arrested all four suspects near the New Gold mine after responding to an armed robbery call in the Cherry Creek area.
Const. Jason Epp, one of 22 officers at the scene says the alleged robbery, believed to be targeted home invasion, took place at a residence along the TransCanada Highway in Cherry Creek and was called into police at 7:20 a.m. by a neighbour. Mounties, including a police service dog, a helicopter unit and the emergency response team responded. Police saw the suspect vehicle heading towards Kamloops. Soon after the car was found crashed in the ditch near the entrance of the New Gold mine.
According to RCMP on the scene one of the four men was picked up in the ditch near the crashed car and a second man was nabbed on the road leading into the mine. Two others were caught in the open pit. Police say the men range in age from 18-23 and are from the Lower Mainland. The car was not registered in the area and has a B.C. licence plate. They don't believe it's stolen.
Six firearms including shotguns, rifles, semi-automatic weapons and some ammunition were found in the trunk while trash and money, most likely from the vehicle, littered the ditch. A handgun was found in the vicinity of the vehicle as well.
The mine was shut down for 30 minutes while police searched for the suspects. A man on security detail for the mine handed police cold drinks.
There were no injuries and only the single vehicle was involved in the crash, Const. Epp says, adding there was no indication the men were carrying weapons when they fled.
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— Story updated at 8:25 with updated arrest information.
— Story updated at 9:15 to include information from RCMP at the scene.
— Story updated at 2:25 p.m. to include additional information from the RCMP.
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