Blow torch assault and Valentine's Day break-in among crimes committed over weekend

A man allegedly assaulted with a blow torch and a Valentine’s Day Columbia Street break-in were among weekend calls to Kamloops RCMP.

Between Friday and Monday, Mounties responded to 252 calls for service. Calls to police also included a fatal collision in Orchard’s Walk, which killed two people, and a murder at the Howard Johnson motel on Columbia Street, as previously reported by KTW.

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The apparent blow torch assault came as a second-hand report from a healthcare professional to police and mounties are investigating.

In a press release, Kamloops RCMP Cst. Crystal Evelyn said a man attended the hospital with injuries to his head consistent with his claim of being assaulted by someone with a blow torch, with the incident reported to have taken place on Friday, Feb. 12. Police were contacted the next night.

Meanwhile, at around 4 a.m. on Feb. 14, a person allegedly used a recycling bin to break into a business on the 1100-block of Columbia Street.

“When police officers arrived, they found a glass door had been smashed,” Evelyn said in the press release. “Police reviewed surveillance footage and observed a suspect smash the glass out of the door and load a recycling bin with stolen items before fleeing northbound on foot toward Summit Drive.”

Evelyn told KTW that an inventory of the stolen items is in the works, with the number of items and value not yet available.

Police patrols occurred, as a result, but the suspect was not found.

Finally, police reported that a Kamloops man is facing mischief charges, after at least four complaints against him over the weekend, from Feb. 12 through Valentine’s Day. On Friday, police received a call about someone banging on a door at a home in the 400-block of Hilltop Avenue, located in North Kamloops. The next day, the man apparently returned. On Sunday, police were called back, attending a report of a man trying to smash windows with a large rock. Police arrested the suspect and released him with a court date and conditions. It did not stop the man, however. At about 4 a.m., police were called to a restaurant located on the 600-block of Fortune Drive, where a man was banging on glass and throwing coffee.

“Police arrested the same man and lodged him in cells to prevent continuation,” Evelyn said. “The complainant in that Fortune Drive file was not interested in pursuing charges.”

Those with information about the crimes, are asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

— this story previously and incorrectly referred to the "Howard Johnson motel" as the "John Howard hotel"

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