On Jan. 24, suspects entered the cross country ski cabin at the Barriere Forks Regional Park. The suspects were metal thieves, who attended and lit a large fire in the fire pit to burn off the covering on the wiring. The suspects made themselves at home, started a fire in the cabin to keep warm and made tea.
Upon leaving, the suspects took the reddish/orange emergency toboggan from the side of the cabin. This toboggan was donated and was on hand in the event of an on trail emergency where most vehicles can’t get to. This is a costly item for the North Thompson Recreation Society that looks after the cabin, trails and lessons to the public.
The suspects left the scene in a pickup truck with the wiring inside and toboggan on top; likely staying overnight in the area. The next morning the suspects attended a salvage yard and turned in the wiring with the toboggan on top.
At this time the suspect and sled have yet to be located, most likely the sled may have been disposed of on the Friday. Unfortunately this crime was not reported until the following Monday, giving the suspects four days to dispose of their goods. This information has been sent to all RCMP in the Thompson/Nicola area and the suspects are known to police for the same type of offences. If you noticed this truck with a male driver and possibly a female passenger please contact the Barriere RCMP at 250-672-9918 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222 TIPS.
On Jan. 29, Kelly Zimmerman of Clearwater, B.C., was released in Kamloops Court on a Recognizance of Bail before a judge. Zimmerman is facing six counts from a November 2012 driving incident, where he is charged with impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample, obstructing a peace officer, assault on a peace officer, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, and breach of recognizance. Zimmerman is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 11, 2013, at the Kamloops law courts.
On Jan. 29, a member of the Southeast District Traffic Section seized $61,140 cash from a speeder traveling on Highway 5 near Darfield. Just before 2 p.m., the officer stopped the southbound vehicle for speeding.
While dealing with the driver the officer noted several indicators that caused him to enter into an investigation under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. The driver was detained and a police service dog was deployed. Further evidence obtained led to the arrest of the 35 year old driver from Surrey. A search of the vehicle incidental to arrest located the cash inside a suitcase in the trunk. The male will appear in Kamloops Court April 11, 2013, on charges of Possession of Property obtained by Crime.