Chase RCMP mischief, theft and break-ins report

On October 1st, Chase RCMP received a complaint of theft of an all-terrain vehicle in the 1800 block of Chase-Falkland Road.  The owner stated that sometime overnight the side-by-side ATV was taken from the rural property.  Police examined the scene and took down the details of the machine.  On October 4th, the owner called police to state that he had found the ATV in the woods at the back of his property.  No suspects have been identified at this time.  Anyone with information about this theft is asked to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221, or Crimestoppers.

On October 1st, at about 2:15 pm, Chase RCMP received a call about an erratic driver, possibly impaired, driving a Chevrolet crew-cab pick-up truck.  The truck was being followed by witnesses, as the driver headed southbound toward Vernon on Highway 97.    Near Westwold, the driver of the truck caused a collision after it passed a motorcycle and then hit the brakes.  The motorcycle crashed, and the rider suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his head.  He was aided by passersby, including a paramedic.  The truck continued southbound, and eventually turned onto Mill Road, where it stopped at a campground.  The driver, a female, got out of the truck.  At this point, it was determined that the vehicle had been stolen from Kamloops within the past hour.  Chase RCMP attended the scene and secured the truck, while officers searched for the female driver.  People camping there stated that the female appeared to be intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, and she had walked away from the area.  Other campers indicated that she had suddenly joined their campsite and was seated in a chair at the campfire.

Police officers placed the female under arrest and she was transported to Chase Detachment and  remanded to court in Kamloops.

On October 6th, in Provincial Court in Kamloops, the accused, twenty-nine year old Brittany Pettit of Red Deer, Alberta, pled guilty to one count of possession of property obtained by crime and received a sentence of 110 days in jail and a $100 victim surcharge, plus one count of failure to stop at scene of accident and received a sentence of two months in jail, a $100 victim surcharge and an eighteen month criminal driving prohibition.

On October 6th, at about 3:50 am, Chase RCMP responded to an alarm call at the Scotch Creek Super Valu on Squilax-Anglemont Road.  Thieves had broken into the store and stolen a large quantity of liquor.  The video surveillance system showed the two suspects wearing gloves and they had covered their faces.  The Forensic Identification Section was called in to examine the scene, and evidence was collected.  Within days of the break-in, the suspects were arrested in Kamloops and charges have been recommended against two adult males, one of whom is an international student.

On October 6th, Chase RCMP recovered a stolen Toyota Tacoma from a residence in the 5900 block of Line 17 Township Road near Magna Bay.  The vehicle was stolen from Kamloops.  There were no arrests during the recovery of the vehicle, and the case remains under investigation.  Anyone with knowledge of this theft is asked to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221 or Crimestoppers.

On October 8th, Chase RCMP received a complaint of a stolen trailer for a jet ski.  The trailer had been parked, with the jet ski on it, in an empty field near a local RV park in Chase.  The thieves removed locks, lifted the jet ski from the trailer onto the ground, then took only the trailer.  There were no witnesses or video surveillance, and no suspects have been identified.  This case remains under investigation, and anyone with knowledge of the theft is asked to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221, or Crimestoppers.

On October 15th, Chase RCMP received a complaint of theft of an enclosed utility trailer from a residence on Dieppe Road in Sorrento.  The trailer contained many construction tools.  A friend of the complainant stated he had seen the trailer that morning being towed in the Notch Hill area.  On October 18th, the complainant stated that the trailer had been located on Taylor Road, and shortly afterward, Kelowna RCMP located a stolen vehicle which contained many of the tools removed from the utility trailer.  No suspects have been identified at this time, and the case remains under investigation.

On October 16th, Chase RCMP received a complaint of stolen vehicle from the 2700 block of Davidson Road in Sorrento.  The complainant, who was out of town for work, stated that she had received word that the grey Chevrolet pick-up truck had been taken overnight.  Shortly afterward, Kamloops RCMP reported that they had recovered the truck, which had been abandoned after striking a fence post that caused damage to the engine compartment.  This case remains under investigation, and anyone with knowledge of this theft is requested to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221, or Crimestoppers.

On October 18th, Chase RCMP received a report of attempted break-in to a backyard shed in the 1000 block of Hillside Avenue.  The complainant stated that the previous evening the motion sensor lights had come on, but on this evening the door to the shed had pry marks.  No entry was gained to the shed, and there are no suspects.  Police remind residents to keep their sheds secured with quality locks and use exterior motion sensor lights whenever possible on sheds and carports.   As well, it is good practice to also cable lock more expensive items such as lawn mowers and snowblowers to a structural member in the shed.

On October 22nd, at about 7:30 pm, Chase RCMP responded to a call of mischief in the 800 block of Shuswap Ave in Chase.  A local male had kicked out a window at a local business.  The thirty-three year old man was arrested for mischief, and held in cells until he was sober.  He was released on a Promise to Appear in court on December 12th, with an Undertaking to stay away from the business in question.

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