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Vehicle fire, assault, weapons seizures keep Kamloops Mounties busy

Those were some of the calls dealt with in the past few weeks
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Hundreds of calls have kept Kamloops Mounties busy during the past few weeks. Below is a sampling of what police have been working on — some with which the public is being asked to assist and others that may answer burning questions surrounding the presence of police vehicles you may have spotted around town recently.

If you have information on crime, call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000. Less serious crimes, such as stolen or damaged property without any witnesses or suspects, can also be reported online at https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/kamloops.

Suspicious vehicle fire

Two vehicles were damaged by fire on Sept. 22

Kamloops Mounties were called at 11:15 p.m. to help with a fire incident in the parking lot downtown at Lansdowne Street and Second Avenue, the lot attached to the Victoria Building. Police attended and found a truck with significant fire damage. A vehicle parked next to the truck received minor damage as a result of the flames.

According to witness reports, three people were seen fleeing the area, but no specific descriptions were provided. The fire is being treated as suspicious.

Anybody with information is asked to call police.

Assault with a weapon

On the morning of Sept. 23, a man with injuries was found downtown.

Police were called at 7:45 a.m. to help paramedics, who were in the area of Victoria Street West and Seymour Street, tending to a man who had been struck with a blunt object. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police and reference file 2022-34011.

Pedestrian struck

A man was taken to hospital with minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Sept. 25.

At about 11:40 p.m., officers were called to the collision on the 400-block of Victoria Street downtown. According to the report, an intoxicated person was crouched down in the pedestrian crosswalk when they were struck.

The driver remained on scene. The pedestrian was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police seize weapons, arrest two following alley patrols  

Two Kamloops men are facing charges after an officer spotted a suspicious vehicle on Surrey Avenue in the wee hours of Sept. 22.

At 3 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1000-block of the North Kamloops street when he saw a white pickup truck in an alleyway and a man, known to police, as well as a firearm.

“While investigating, the officer recognized a man known to police, in addition to what appeared to be a firearm,” Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Crystal Evelyn said. “Further investigation that followed led to the discovery of more weapons, including a handgun located on one of the suspects, a long gun, ammunition and a machete.”

Michael George Luttman, 38, of Kamloops faces five charges for possessing a loaded firearm without authorization, occupying a vehicle while knowing there was a firearm inside and possessing while prohibited a restricted weapon, a firearm and ammunition.

Kevin James Beattie, 22, of Kamloops is charged with three counts of possessing ammunition while prohibited.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call police and reference file 2022-33833. 

Police find loot from break-and-enter 

Cigarettes, snacks and lottery tickets were recovered by police following a Sept. 16 burglary in North Kamloops.

At about 6 a.m., a Mountie was stopped by a passerby who was said to have witnessed two people running from a business on the 200-block of Tranquille Road. While the officer was gathering information, he also spotted a man fleeing from the area. Although the suspect escaped, police found two large bins of items stolen from the store.

Anyone with information is asked to call police and reference file 2022-33026.

Early morning police presence leads to arrest 

Residents along the 300-block of Fortune Drive in North Kamloops may have noticed a police presence outside their doors early in the morning of Sept. 18.

Officers, including a police dog team, attended a North Shore residence in the block for an assault report at 5:30 a.m. and learned the suspect allegedly threatened the victim and was inside the house armed.

Following several attempts to call him outside, the police dog unit entered the home and arrested the man. The suspect was charged with uttering threats and failing to comply with an undertaking. He was held for a bail hearing, then released on conditions ahead of a future court date.

Anyone with information is asked to call police and reference file 2022-33291.

Serious collision on Highway 5 

A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash in Rayleigh on Sept. 16.

Police were called to Highway 5 and Devick Road at about 10:20 p.m. after a car turned left onto Highway 5 and into the path of a southbound tractor-trailer loaded with lumber. The transport truck flipped into the ditch as a result of the collision and its driver received minor injuries.

The sole occupant of the car, however, was taken to hospital in serious condition.

Reports indicate the driver of the car was not wearing his seatbelt. Anyone with information is asked to call police.