PENTICTON - You might say Penticton RCMP were busy as beavers heading into Canada Day.
RCMP spokesperson Don Wrigglesworth says call volumes over the weekend were 'consistent with summer activity,'noting the detachment answered 75 calls through Saturday night including, yes, a call about a car hitting a beaver near the Channel Parkway on Wednesday, June 24. Police removed the animal to the channel side of the road.
Wrigglesworth says the weekend appeared to well attended and “busy in a positive way,” adding crowd behaviour was better than previous years. None of the calls were very serious, but police note it's the sheer volume of calls that keeps them hopping.
Police shut down Lakeshore Drive for an hour Saturday night between 10-11 p.m. after fielding several complaints about burnouts on the street. One car was impounded for seven days for the offence of “stunting,” after being caught performing burnouts just after the street was reopened.
- A Ford F150 pickup was discovered on the Penticton Indian Band after having been stolen from a Kelowna address on Thursday, June 25. A female with an outstanding warrant for shoplifting and a man were arrested. The woman was detained while the man was released to face a court date for possession of stolen property.
- A boat used in the construction of the Satikw Bridge on the Channel Parkway was stolen sometime between Wednesday night and Friday morning, June 24 -26.
- A Ford Explorer was taken from a Paris Street residence Sunday morning, later discovered at the Ellis Creek reservoir, while a 2006 Pontiac Pursuit also disappeared from a Galt Avenue residence Sunday morning.
- Wrigglesworth said police also responded to a theft of a Savage 338 LAPUA target rifle from a vehicle on Holden Road Sunday night. The gun was enclosed in a locked case, which was found empty nearby.
- Wrigglesworth also addressed an incident last week in which a woman was critical of police for not putting down an injured deer near the intersection of Channel Parkway and Duncan Avenue.
“Every situation is different. I wouldn’t have shot a mother deer with a fawn, breaking the law by letting a citizen take a fawn home,” he said, adding the police didn’t have a set policy regarding euthanization of injured animals within city limits.
“It’s not a nice task, but some situations warrant it. From what I know about last week’s situation, I wouldn’t have shot the mother deer to leave the fawn to die on its own,” Wrigglesworth says.
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