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Downtown Kamloops crash leads to arrest in burglary case

Layton Maclaren is facing numerous charges

A vehicle collision in downtown Kamloops last weekend led to the arrest of a man in connection to a burglary earlier that morning.

Kamloops RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said the crash occurred at Battle and Columbia streets on Oct. 9 at about 7:15 a.m.

A white Kia hatchback rear-ended a Honda CRV. No serious injuries were reported.

“As part of their response, police discovered the Kia had been reported stolen, which led officers into a deeper investigation and revealed other offences, including break and enter to a residence,” Evelyn said.

Layton Maclaren, 28, of Kamloops, is now facing numerous charges stemming from the morning of Oct. 9. He is charged with break and enter and committing theft, obstructing a peace officer, possessing stolen property exceeding $5,000, possessing an identity document belonging to another person without lawful excuse, theft of motor vehicle and failing to comply with a probation order. He was remanded in custody, with his next court appearance scheduled for Oct. 14.

Evelyn said specifics of the police investigation leading to the rash of charges can't be commented on as some of that may be evidence in the pending court case. 

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who might have information related to the investigation is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-35646.