August 09, 2016 - 1:32 PM
PENTICTON - Last week was a busy one for Penticton RCMP with the five day Peach Festival following closely on the heels of the August long weekend.
RCMP say officers responded to a total of 334 calls between July 29 to Aug. 1. Most of the calls were about thefts, liquor act infractions and abandoned 911 calls. During Peachfest from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7 RCMP received 362 calls for service.
Overall, Penticton's top cop Supt. Kevin Hewco says he was pleased with the way the festivities went.
“It was a really good week for us, we had numerous calls for service, but the overall atmosphere was positive, peaceful and from our perspective, a good, family fun event with no real incidents to speak of,” Hewco says.
Sufficient police resources also helped create positive feedback from the public, many of whom noted a visible presence of police throughout the week, he says.
“From our policing perspective both the B.C. Day long weekend and Peachfest went without a hitch, so we’re really happy about that.”
RCMP say one of the most serious incidents last week involved a group of youths connected to two robberies. The teens were reportedly threatening other youth with bear spray and robbing them. One person is facing charges.
Meanwhile, an officer conducting a traffic stop discovered heroin in the vehicle along with a can of bear spray, police say. The occupants were arrested on drug and weapons possession charges.
RCMP also responded to a call of shots fired near Winnipeg Street on Aug. 5. Officers located a Penticton man, 44, in a trailer behind the street and took him into custody without incident. The man faces charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm and careless use of a firearm. An application is also being issued for forfeiture of a 12-gauge shotgun and other firearms in the man’s possession, in addition to a firearms prohibition.
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