Stolen-goods haul for police
Two people are facing charges after Kamloops Mounties this week dismantled a suspected property-fencing ring based out of a downtown hotel suite.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, police raided a suite at 360 Columbia St., the culmination of a three-week investigation.
Seven people were found inside the suite and arrested. Five were released without charge, but two — a 44-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, both from Kamloops — will likely face property charges.
Police seized more than 100 items from inside the suite, including bicycles, electronics, drugs, weapons and cash.
“This is a decent-size one for Kamloops,” RCMP Sgt. Gary Senner said of the fencing ring, in which stolen property is exchanged for drugs and then sold.
Senner said there are approximately 15 to 20 full-time thieves working the streets in Kamloops, stealing the majority of their goods from vehicles.
The stolen items will often end up on websites such as Kijiji or Craigslist and are sometimes sold at flea markets in the Lower Mainland.
Police are now working to track down the legitimate owners of the items seized on Tuesday.
Stolen quad recovered
Police are on the hunt for a jacked-up black Jeep after a failed attempt by crooks to swindle a quad and trailer this week.
On Wednesday morning (Oct. 18), Mounties were called to a business in the 700-block of Tagish Road after a business owner said he saw a suspect drive the quad and trailer away from the property.
The owner determined it had not been sold.
Before the thieves could get away, the trailer dislodged from the Jeep and they were forced to ditch their haul.
Police recovered the goods.
Mounties are looking for a black Jeep with a lift kit and black rims.
One of the suspects is believed to be a man with darker-coloured skin, possibly native.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kamloops Rural RCMP at 250-314-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.