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Smoke break proves costly for Summerland man

Penticton RCMP recovered stolen mail and other goods after stopping a man for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
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February 04, 2015 - 12:18 PM

PENTICTON - A stop for a quick smoke—of illicit materials—cost a Summerland man his freedom earlier this week.

On February 2, Penticton RCMP were notified of a male smoking drugs in a vehicle parked in the Lakeside Resort parking lot. Police attended the scene, but the driver had departed.

Police had a description of the vehicle and subsequently spotted a grey Subaru southbound on Government Street. The 37 year old driver, a Summerland resident, was detained for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up a number of keys that appeared to be for mailboxes and residences, as well as credit cards belonging to other people. The male was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, including nine counts of possession of stolen property.

An ongoing investigation took police to the male driver’s residence on Tait Street in Summerland. There, police executed a search warrant and found a large quantity of stolen mail and other property, including jewellery, tools and office equipment. Drugs and drug paraphernalia was also recovered.

The investigation continues as police attempt to identify owners of the stolen mail and property.

The male remains in custody, with other charges pending.

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact the Penticton 250-492-4300 or Summerland 250-494-7416 RCMP, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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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