PENTICTON - From bears to bare and guns to thefts, Penticton RCMP saw it all last week.
On Wednesday, Sept.16, a 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier was stolen from the parking lot complex at 390 Rigby St. in Penticton. Police discovered several other vehicles broken into in the parking lot as well. On the same evening, gas was siphoned from a number of vehicles in the industrial area.
On Thursday, Sept.17, a female shoplifter was arrested at Bike Barn after $300 worth of clothing was found in her purse. She was held for a court appearance. The woman will be making her next court appearance on Sept. 23.
Reports of a bear in the vicinity of Lions Park on Warren Avenue on Friday, Sept. 18, sent RCMP and conservation officers to the area. A sow and two cubs were located between the apartment towers on Atkinson Street, not far from Parkway Elementary School.
On Friday night, a black Ford Ranger pickup was observed by police moving at a fast rate of speed down Main Street. As police approached, the vehicle kept speeding away, at one point swerving towards a police cruiser. A spike belt was deployed on Skaha Lake Road, but after encountering it, the pickup continued travelling on flat tires. Two men eventually abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Police dogs were brought to the scene but the men could not be located. One suspect was traced to his home in Oliver, where he was supposed to be present under curfew. He now faces charges of breach of conditions. Police continue to investigate the incident.
Police responded to a call of two men firing automatic firearms in the 6000-block of Naramata Road. Police arrived on scene to find two men, both drunk. The weapons were seized and investigation into the incident continues.
On Sunday night, Sept. 20, police responded to a report of gunshots heard by the SS Sicamous. A man on scene identified the sounds as fireworks, which police found on the ground nearby.
Police couldn’t help but notice the man on scene, who was sitting in his parked van, was also completely nude. It was suggested he put some clothes on and reconsider his particular pastime of relaxing.
Also on Sunday night, a break and enter at a Racette Way construction site in Okanagan Falls netted thieves some tools.
A 1990 Toyota Camry was parked next to the Copper Mug Pub at 9 a.m. Monday, but was gone by 12:30 p.m. when the owner returned. The vehicle’s keys were accounted for, however the car had been left unlocked.
On Monday night, a full sized Ford Econoline van with signage 'sales, service and installation' written on the side was stolen from a Yorkton Avenue residence. The van was full of tools and had no plates.
Police are looking for the owner of a device used to locate underground infrastructure, found by a cyclist in bushes at Front Street and Lakeside Drive. Thinking the tool to be stolen, the cyclist took the device home and called police, The owner of the device can claim it at Penticton RCMP detachment upon proper identification.
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