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Doughnuts, deportation and tossed cigarettes keep Penticton police busy

Police report fewer serious crimes this week as summer winds down.
August 18, 2015 - 4:30 PM

PENTICTON - Crime appears to be taking a bit of a break in the Peach City, although RCMP were still kept busy working at the wildfires that broke out across the region last week.

In the past week RCMP dealt with the following incidents, according to RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth:

- Thieves attempted to break into Kal Tire last Wednesday evening, Aug. 12, only to set off the building’s alarm. They also made a poor attempt to siphon gas from a vehicle and ended up departing the scene without taking anything.

- Several Alberta residents ended up taking the bus home last week after being caught 'doing doughnuts' in front of an unmarked police vehicle on Aug. 12. The 43-year-old male driver will be able to pick up his vehicle from the impound lot in seven days.

- The report of a suspicious male seen barefoot and wearing a blanket on Saturday, Aug. 15, turned out to be a California man who entered Canada illegally. He was picked up by police while on a Dharma walk between Salmon Arm and Summerland, arrested for illegal entry and sent to Vancouver for deportation to the U.S.

- On Aug. 15, a  group of Penticton youths attended the Landmark Theatre to attend a screening of the movie Straight Outta Compton. Outside the theatre they began to reenact a scene in the movie by punching each other in the face. Police attended, no injuries were reported and none of the youths cared to discuss the incident.

- A break-in occurred Sunday night, Aug. 16, at Specialty Machine Works located at 210 Green Mountain Rd. Sometime between 3 a.m. and  5 a.m. a lock was removed on a fenced compound and a 2004 Interstate box trailer with “Specialty Machine” signage on both sides was stolen. Inside the 6x12 trailer was a 1987 Harley Davidson motorcycle, license number L06 508.

- A head-on collision occurred Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16, at 2301 Beaverdell Rd.

- A 43-year-old man driving a 1990 Lumina collided with an elderly couple in a 2005 Honda at approximatley 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The man had to be rescued using the Jaws of Life. All three were taken to hospital with unspecified injuries. The driver of the Lumina was suspected of driving while impaired, and a blood sample was taken. His car had not been insured since 1999, and he had not been licensed since 1998.

- Police also dealt with a number of complaints of bike thefts and reports of motorists tossing cigarette butts out the window through the week.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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