RCMP Report: Mass iPhone theft leads to pre-Christmas arrest

A holiday round up of break ins, thefts, busts and other notable incidents reported by the Columbia Valley RCMP.

From December 23 to January 6 there were 121 calls for service to the Columbia Valley RCMP. Here are a few of the notables from that time period:

• The theft of thousands of dollars worth of iPhones from The Source on December 15 led to an arrest on December 23. The male was still in detention in Kamloops as of January 6.

• On December 24 a female was stopped by an officer who noted the smell of alcohol and glossy eyes, and proceeded to administer the roadside test, which was failed when the female blew 170 mg, over twice the legal limit, and was subsequently charged with driving under the influence.

• There was $4000 worth of damages to the Copper Point Ridge golf course between December 30 and January 3, when an unknown vehicle did donuts on the golf course.

• An officer responded to a commercial alarm December 22 when they found a Calgary male at David Thompson Secondary School, who had thrown a rock through the front door. The suspect is now due in court in March.

• On January 2 a male overdosed on cocaine and passed away shortly after.

• An adult male that was under investigation for sexual assault and trespassing was taken into custody and was still in jail as of January 6.

•  A women leaving Panorama December 31 was called in as a potential impaired driver and proceeded to fail a roadside test and had her vehicle impounded.

• A Calgary female was issued a public intoxication ticket after officers found her in downtown Invermere wearing only a tank top and spandex in sub-zero temperatures.

• December 24 foot patrol members found two people drinking inside the CIBC bank lobby and proceeded to issue tickets for drinking in public.

• A Champion Earth Packer machine valued at $25,000 was stolen from Canal Flats sometime around the 26th of December and is still missing.

• On December 31 a van known to officers was stopped at a routine roadside check in Athalmer. The officer noted the smell of fresh marijuana from inside the vehicle, and upon further inspection found 19 grams of marijuana, 14 ecstasy pills and 34 marijuana brownies inside the vehicle. The two females inside were arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

• Around 30 of the 121 calls were concerned citizens phoning in possible impaired drivers, some of whom officers were able to reach and investigate.

— Information was obtained from Columbia Valley RCMP Cpl. Brent Ayers.


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