Salmon Arm RCMP tackle multiple complaints

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Salmon Arm RCMP were busy with a number of complaints over the past week.

They responded to reports of a hearse theft in progress on the 4000 block of 1st Avenue SW.

The black 1990 Chevrolet was for sale and parked at the side of the funeral home when the thieves entered and tampered with the ignition. They didn't manage to steal the car but it was damaged in the attempt.

On Thursday, at around 10:30 a.m., Shuswap Lake General Hospital made an emergency call about a mental patient who fled wearing only a hospital gown. Police moved quickly to locate the wayward patient who was found in the parking lot and returned. Police stayed to assist hospital staff until the man was treated.

In another incident, BF Goodrich tires were stolen from a home on Hacking Road in Tappen, B.C. Friday. The tires, stolen sometime between Dec. 3 and Dec. 7 were meant for a Toyota Rav 4 and valued at around $2,000. Police need help identifying the thief or thieves. Anyone with information can contact the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers.

In another incident, a break and enter was interrupted Saturday morning, police reported. At roughly 7:58 a.m., Dec. 8 RCMP went to the 2200 block of Blind Bay Road for a man  found inside a carport attempting to steal tools. The man fled in a vehicle but was intercepted by a responding police officer, forcing the man to continue on foot. A police service dog was brought in but the suspect couldn't be located. The suspect vehicle was seized and towed for the investigation. A suspect was identified who is wanted for this offence and other unrelated, outstanding charges. Fair warning: Salmon Arm police say several criminals have been active in the Salmon Arm area and they are targeting homes for break and enters. Any suspicious activity or people should be reported to police.

And finally, police had a busy night Saturday with an all-ages rave that took place at the Elks Hall in Salmon Arm. The rave was supposed to be alcohol and drug free but police found plenty of it among the youth. Police also found an uninsured vehicle which was towed from the scene.

With the holiday season in full swing, the Salmon Arm RCMP remind people to plan ahead and arrange for transportation if drinking at events. Enhanced sobriety checks and check stops are planned through the holiday season.

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