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Youth goes missing

Kamloops RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 18-year-old male.

Skyler Sampolio of Chase was reported missing by his family on Saturday. He was last seen in the Kamloops area.

Sampolio is described as a First Nations male, 18 years old, five feet eight inches tall and 145 pounds. He has dark brown hair with blonde streaks over the forehead and brown eyes. However, he was wearing coloured contact lenses when last seen – one blue and one hazel.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sampolio is urged to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or CrimeStoppers to remain anonymous.

No sign of bridge jumper

There is no sign of a person reported to have jumped off the Yellowhead Bridge into the South Thompson River.

Kamloops RCMP responded to a report of the jumper early Saturday.

Just after 7:30 a.m., police received a report of a person jumping off the bridge, says Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Edward Preto.

Officers in a police boat and helicopter searched the river, but did not locate the person. The Kamloops Fire Department assisted in the search.

An investigation into the incident continues.

Card skimmer explained

Kamloops RCMP are revealing information about what to look for after a credit card skimming scheme was discovered earlier this month.

Police alerted the media and the public a credit card skimmer had been located on pump 8 at the Chevron station at 1795 East Trans Canada Highway.

The attached pictures are of the device used at the Chevron Gas Station.

Chevron has advised they have put measures in place to prevent further occurrences at all Chevron gas stations in British Columbia.

As illustrated in the attached photographs, the skimmer is difficult to detect and appears to be a normal part of card reader. Skimmers are used by organized crime throughout Canada to access credit card information.

Credit card users need to be cautious when using their credit cards and credit card readers. This particular device is just one type of skimmer used to access credit card information by the criminal element.

What is credit card fraud?
Credit card fraud can happen several ways. Your card could be lost or stolen and used to purchase goods and services. A criminal could obtain your card data and use this information to manufacture a counterfeit card, or the data could be used to make telephone or Internet purchases (also referred to as “card not present” fraud).

Report it:

  • Step 1 - If you have charges on your credit card that you didn’t make, or if you think you may have revealed your credit card number when you shouldn’t have, contact your credit card issuer right away using the phone number on the back of your card. The card issuer will take the appropriate steps to protect you from fraud.
  • Step 2 - Contact your credit bureau and have fraud alerts placed on your credit reports: Equifax Canada, Toll free: 1 800 465-7166  or TransUnion Canada, Toll free: 1 877 525-3823
  • Step 3 - Contact your local police
  • Step 4 - Always report credit card fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by visiting their website or calling 1-888-495-8501.


Stabbing suspect arrested

One man is in custody and another is in hospital following a stabbing incident late Wednesday.

According to RCMP, the incident occurred shortly before midnight at the Esso station on the 200 block of Tranquille Road.

Police discovered a 26-year-old man had been stabbed in the back after an argument with a known male in the parking lot of the gas station.

Officers were able to obtain a detailed description of the suspect, which led them to an arrest shortly after receiving the report.

The victim was transported to hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A 27-year-old man, who is known to police, is in custody awaiting court on a number of charges stemming from the stabbing, arrest and other unrelated warrants.

Victim forgives driver

The victim of a pedestrian hit and run at Sun Peaks says he forgives the driver who hit him.

Michael Bennett, 29, was walking friends on Sun Peaks Road when a pickup veered onto the shoulder and struck him, July 19.

“Eventually, he just got right on top of us,” Bennett told CTV. “He was right on the shoulder, so where do you go? So I got hit. Next thing I remember is waking up in the hospital.”

Bennett was left badly injured on the side of the road as the driver fled. He suffered a fractured skull, pelvis and clavicle, as well as a brain injury.

Engaged to be married, the ordeal could put his August wedding in jeopardy.

Bennett’s fiancée, Kaily Stevens, said it’s amazing he wasn’t killed.

"The police tell us he was thrown about 25 feet horizontally and 10 feet vertically on the road. And the truck hit him at about 60 km/h,” Stevens said.

Bennett was taken to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, but is now home in Langley.

His family is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the incident.

The couple say they forgive the driver, but are concerned the driver is still on the road.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” said Bennett. “I didn’t die. So I definitely forgive them, I just wish it’s not a case of maybe they do the same thing and they hit somebody else and that person doesn’t live.”

RCMP in Kamloops also urge the driver to come forward.

“It’s a very tragic event, anytime we have something of this nature where someone is hurt as a result of a collision,” Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jason Epp told CTV. “To run from the scene and hide? That just makes it even more tragic.”

Despite Bennett’s injuries, the couple hopes to go ahead with the wedding.

“Am I going to be able to walk down the aisle properly? Am I going to be able to hug her on our wedding day? I don’t know,” said Bennett.

Police have received several tips in the case but are hoping for more. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kamloops detachment at 250-314-1800 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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