Police warn of thefts in Barriere area

The thefts in Barriere have mostly involved industrial equipment, tools, and metal items

Barriere RCMP are advising area residents that over the past two weeks they have received a number of reported break-and-enters.

Last week a 30-year-old male from Kamloops, who is living in the Barriere area, was found in possession of property from multiple break-and-enters, and was therefore arrested.  Police say two other persons on the scene are being investigated and charges may be laid against them as well.

RCMP Cst. Evan Cadwallader says a large number of stolen items were recovered from the residence, many of which have been identified and returned to their owners; but a large amount of the recovered property remains unclaimed.  He advises area residents to please check their outbuildings, garages, etc. in case the thefts have not been noticed.

“The thefts have mostly involved industrial equipment, tools, and metal items,” said Cadwallader, “If residents find anything missing or anything suspicious please contact the RCMP.”

He noted that it appears so far that at least a dozen properties have been hit, with a number of them in more rural settings.  He also advises residents to be vigilant, and if they see anything suspicious to contact the police.

“We think this suspect has been in the area for at least two months,” said the Constable.

The male who was arrested is now out on bale and back in the community.