Barriere RCMP report they investigated 30 Break and Enter files during 2012 with eight being in December. There were a number of seasonal residences hit in the East Barriere Lake area, with a number of them being hit twice within a week. After the investigation there were no solid leads or suspects. Barriere RCMP did receive calls from the public about suspicious vehicles in the area with most being located and checked. Again no solid evidence to support any charges but one vehicle with two males located were good suspects. They have not been located back in the area and are under investigation in Kamloops for similar offences.
There were also a couple of business break and enters in the Barriere area, with most of the items being construction equipment and tools.
Barriere RCMP ask the public to be more aware of the vehicles and people coming and going in their area. If you see a vehicle or person that is obviously out of place and acting in a suspicious manner call the police.
If you are able, record a description of the people, vehicle(s) with license plate and accurate location. With this information it is very important to contact the police right away for a better chance in catching them in the act or with the stolen property. There were many cases where this information was delayed and without witnesses or surveillance recordings it is difficult to identify suspects.
On Dec. 6, 2012, Barriere RCMP were advised of several Break and Enters to residences at The Sands, located at 4333 Barriere Lakes Road. Shortly afterwards, Barriere RCMP began an investigation into several counts of mischief to property, and break and enters to properties, which appear to have targeted higher end items of value. Police were able to obtain evidence at the scene, and continue to pursue those investigational avenues. This investigation is actively being pursued, and anyone with information related to this investigation or the persons involved are asked to contact the Barriere RCMP at 250-672-9918 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Just after midnight on Dec. 29, 2012, the Barriere RCMP were contacted by a local resident reporting a theft in progress. The resident believed that they observed someone going through a vehicle parked near their residence on Barkley Road. Constable Cadwallader attended the scene, and observed that the footprints also entered a neighbouring property. The footprints appeared to have entered a vehicle, and walked around the residence. Constable Cadwallader followed the footprints in the fresh snow for 2.2 kilometres, going through yards, beside houses, and over fences. Cpl Underhill attended the scene where Cst Cadwallader had closed the distance on the individual to within 200 meters.
At the end of the footprints, the police located and arrested a 19 year old male, Layton Maclaren of Barriere. Thirteen charges have been approved by Crown Counsel. These charges include numerous counts of mischief, trespass by night, and breach of conditions which were placed upon him on another police file before the courts. Maclaren was held in custody pending the outcome of a bail hearing on Jan. 3, 2013. During the bail hearing the judge determined that he was to be held in custody until the matters were dealt with by the courts. On January 24th, 2013 Mr McLaren was convicted on 5 counts and sentenced to 6 months jail with one month served and a 2 year probation order upon release.