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Weekend Kamloops police calls included a macing, a river search and a burglary

Kamloops Mounties responded to 281 calls last weekend
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A macing at McDonald’s, a busted lock in Valleyview and an unfounded emergency along the river were among the 281 calls that kept Kamloops police busy last weekend.

Just before 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, Mounties were called to the North Shore McDonald’s restaurant at Fortune Drive and Vernon Avenue, where a man had been reportedly attacked with bear spray during an altercation with three other people.

A description of the suspects was provided and two people were soon apprehended nearby. Police also learned the third suspect had stolen a backpack belonging to the victim.

That third suspect eventually came back and returned the backpack to the restaurant, where he was arrested for theft. The victim, however, did not wish to pursue charges against the trio and the suspects were released.

A few hours later, officers responded to a report that someone fell through the ice of the Thompson River near Overlanders Bridge.

Mounters, firefighters and paramedics went to the south shore river bank, west of the bridge, at 9:25 p.m. A walk along the shoreline didn’t reveal any snow prints leading onto the ice and the use of forward-looking infrared did not find a potential victim and the report went unsubstantiated.

The next morning, at 6:23 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 150-block of Oriole Road in Valleyview after multiple motion alarms were activated. When police arrived, security personnel informed them the last alarm involving the break and enter went off almost an hour earlier, at 5:30 a.m. Nothing appeared to be taken, but there were signs of a break-in from a damaged lock.

Anyone with information related to this incident can contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference 2022-733.