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‘Salmon Arm Crime Chronicles’ April’s noteworthy RCMP interactions

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From cryptocurrency fraud to motorcycle mixups, the Salmon Arm RCMP had some interesting interactions in April so far, according to a press release. 

A group of four teens rolled a car tire on the rim downhill towards a hotel on the Trans Canada Highway, and it damaged a parked car on April 4.

Reportedly the teens were back at it on April 17 with more car tires but nothing was damaged. Fortunately, no one was injured in either incident.

The teens were all caught on security footage. Police have identified one suspect and are still searching for the rest.

A woman responded to a Facebook ad for a job, and was contacted on WhatsApp by a scammer pretending to be her new manager on April 6. The scammer walked her through making a cryptocurrency account, got her to buy $4500 worth of Bitcoin and send it to the fraudster. The scammer asked for another $5500 worth of cryptocurrency, but the woman refused.

RCMP want to warn the public about advertisements online that appear too good to be true. Police also highly discourage sending anyone money who you have not met in person.

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In a separate incident officers were called to the 300-block of the Trans Canada Highway because of a report that two men had broken into an ATM around 5:40 a.m. on April 8.

Mounties were able to track the suspects to a nearby gas station where they were both arrested for break and enter, theft, and mischief. Both suspects were released with a court date.

Later that same day a man told police he dropped his motorcycle off to a mechanic for repairs, but the mechanic died and the man’s motorcycle disappeared. The complainant said he could see his motorcycle parked at a neighbour’s house.

The man said he was certain the bike was his and would, “take care of it himself,” if police didn’t intervene. Police were able to determine the neighbour’s motorcycle was the same make and model but a year older by comparing the vehicle identification numbers. The neighbour was also able to prove the bike was theirs with transfer and registration paperwork.

The complainant still thought the motorcycle was his, but officers told him it belonged to the neighbour and advised him to leave the neighbour alone.

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In another case police received a report about a man being thrown from a white sedan and then entering a nearby residence on 27 Street on April 14. When officers arrived they met a man who is known to police. The man had injuries all over his face, a bleeding gash on the back of his head, and severe road rash. Police offered to call an ambulance but the man refused, he said that his “laces were too long and I tripped.”

Mounties were not able to get the man to cooperate, but advised him to get some medical attention and call police if he wanted to give them more information.

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