Busy days for Kimberley RCMP

Liquor store B&E, vehicle fire, road checks and more keep police busy

Kimberley RCMP and Firefighters respond to a car fire last Thursday night.

Kimberley RCMP and Firefighters respond to a car fire last Thursday night.

Kimberley RCMP have been busy in recent days dealing with several incidents, including two  that occurred last Thursday.

One has already resulted in an arrest.

The first was a break in at the Sullivan Pub Beer and Wine Store. Cpl. Chris Newel of the Kimberley RCMP says that at bout 1:30 a.m. an unknown person or persons smashed the window of the store and reached in to take approximately 20 bottles of wine.

“Given the amount stolen, police believed a vehicle maybe involved,” Newel said.

Police reviewed video surveillance from the pub along with neighboring businesses, and that payed off.

By Friday night, an arrest had been made when the suspect returned to the store was recognized by staff from the video review. Police were called and the suspect was taken into custody.

“I guess going back to the scene of the crime was not a good idea,” Newel said.

Again last Thursday, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Kimberley Fire Department and Kimberley RCMP responded to a car fire on 307th in Marysville.

Once arriving on scene, the fire department quickly had the fire extinguished, but the vehicle was completely destroyed.

Newel says the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

If you have any information about this fire, please contact Kimberley RCMP.  250 427-4811.

On Friday night, Kimberley RCMP conducted a road check on Highway 95A, surprising a number of people, Newel said.

“One driver is now facing charges of Drive While Prohibited after he borrowed his friend’s truck to drive into town.  In addition he got a violation ticket for no driver’s license and drive contrary to restrictions.  His license status was a result of a drinking and driving incident sometime ago. Another driver got his marihuana seized.

“Two other drivers were caught after they decided to turn around just prior to the check. Yes, this draws attention to yourself. Not sure what would have happened if they drove through the check, but it would have been no worse than what they got. One was a new driver with too many passengers; the other received a 3-day driving prohibition as a result of a Warn on the roadside-screening device.”