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Theft, impaired driving and drug seizures part of police weekend calls

Police responded to 372 calls between Jan. 13 and Jan. 16

Kamloops Mounties responded to approximately 372 calls last weekend between Jan. 13 and Jan. 16. Below are some highlights from those reports, some which may answer people's burning questions over recently spotted lights and sirens, and some for which police may still be seeking information.

Double dip theft on Columbia Street

Police are looking for information after a masked suspect broke into a business in the 500-block of Columbia Street on Jan. 15, stealing electronics, gift cards and cash in the process.

Police received a report at 8:20 a.m. of the two break-ins — the first 12 hours earlier at about 8 p.m. and then again at about 1 a.m.

Anyone who witnessed or has information is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP Detachment at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2023-1714.

Impaired driver nearly strikes pedestrians

A woman lost her license for 90 days after allegedly almost hitting a group of pedestrians downtown last weekend.

On Jan. 15 at 2:30 a.m., a police officer was on Fifth Avenue when he spotted a white sedan driving in alley that almost struck a group of pedestrians. The officer followed the vehicle to a red light on Victoria Street and saw its driver using a cellphone.

He tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver drove away. At 3 a.m., the vehicle was located in an alley near the 400-block of Seymour Street and the driver was arrested.

Roadside breath tests registered fail readings, indicating a blood alcohol content exceeding the .08 limit. The woman had her vehicle impounded for 30 days and will be prohibited from driving for 90. She also received violation tickets for using an electronic device while driving and failing to stop for police.

Drug cache seized during downtown traffic stop

Friday the 13th was unlucky for a motorist found with drugs during a traffic stop.

On Jan. 13 at 9:30 p.m., a Mountie patrolling Fifth Avenue and Lansdowne Street stopped a brown Nissan Altima she suspected was being operated by an impaired driver, leading to a man being arrested was arrested followed by a search, according to police.

Brass knuckles, drug trafficking paraphernalia, approximately $9,000 in cash and numerous quantities of suspected controlled drugs were seized by police, including 44 grams of fentanyl, 89 grams of meth, 12 grams of cocaine, four grams of crack, 23 tabs of LSD and dozens of pills.

The arrested man was handed a 24-hour driving prohibition and his vehicle was impound for drug impairment under the Motor Vehicle Act. Though the illicit drugs were seized, the man was released at the scene without process, pending the investigation's conclusion and any subsequent charge recommendation.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP Detachment at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2023-1561.