Mounties chow down in Chase during raid

Mounties in Chase have confiscated what every dog must dream about.

Police seized thousands of dollars worth of stolen pet food at a property in the 4000-block of Leopold Road, where recent searches have yielded stolen goods and illegal firearms.

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The July 12 raid was the third time in a month the Chase RCMP executed a search warrant at the property, with officers recovering hundreds of bags of dog and cat food valued at $12,700.

The latest search came about after officers noticed a suspiciously large amount of Acana and Orijen brand pet food during a June 21 search of the property, said Cpl. Scott Linklater.

Police then connected the pet food to a theft reported to the Delta police department in April and returned earlier this month to execute another search warrant at the property, which contains residences and outbuildings.

The chow is the latest in a slew of seizures from the Leopold Road property in recent weeks.

It all began with officers recovering stolen Crown timber, but more stolen items were found and recovered in the process.

Mounties seized more than $300,000 worth of stolen property from the Lower Mainland and Interior and a cache of illegal firearms — including a James Bond-style suitcase that doubled as a firearm — when executing two search warrants on June 21 and June 23 at the rural property near Scotch Creek.

Items seized during those searches included a stolen loader, several vehicles that were confirmed stolen and numerous guns.

“We’re happy to have them off the streets and away from criminal activity,” Linklater said, noting the property is known to police.

Linklater said all three search warrants are part of the same investigation.

No charges have been laid yet as police continue to investigate, but a report is expected to be forwarded to Crown counsel in the coming weeks for charge consideration.

Four people — three adult men and one adult woman — who were detained at the scene in June were later released without charges.

Linklater said they are still considered persons of interest.

© Kamloops This Week


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