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Robbery on Tranquille

Kamloops RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at McCleaners Drycleaning and Laundry at 301 Tranquille Rd. Tuesday night.

A clerk working at the business was confronted by a male who robbed the business of an disclosed amount of money, no weapon was produced. The theft happened just before 7 p.m..

The male suspect is described as:

  • 6 ft. tall
  • skinny
  • wearing a grey hoodie
  • blue jeans and black runners.

The suspect ran off down the alley and then North on Tranquille Rd., Police Dog Services located the grey hoodie nearby. 

Kamloops RCMP Forensic Identification Section attended to process the scene for evidence. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250 828 3000 or Crime Stoppers at -800-222-8477. 


Missing girl found


April 16 Update: Hayley Haines has been located safe and sound.

April 15, 11 a.m.: Police in Kamloops are asking for assistance in locating a missing 16-year-old girl.

Hayley Haines has not been heard from since April 9th, and family members say this is unusual.

She is described as 5'4" tall and weighing 100 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. 

Haines was last seen wearing black leggings, brown suede boots, a grey sweater and white tank top. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hayley Haines is urged to contact their local police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

RCMP hunt for gunman

On Monday April 14, Kamloops RCMP were called to a residence in the 700 block of Columbia Street for a report of a disturbance. 

Residents told police that an unknown male had approached them in their yard.  The male was upset and advised them that they were being too noisy.  

He allegedly pulled out what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the residents prior to fleeing on foot.  

The suspect male is described as:

  • a white male
  • early 20s
  • tall and thin
  • wearing a black T shirt and jeans   

No shots were fired and there were no injuries sustained to any individuals, the investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kamloops RCMP or Crime Stoppers.



Adult toy store robbed

Kamloops RCMP are looking for a man who robbed a business on Tranquille Road Sunday night.

The suspect entered ADULTZ around 9:45 p.m. and demanded money from the clerk.

He was wearing a white winter jacket zipped up to the nose with only the hood showing a brief piece of his eyes, blue jeans, and was carrying an exacto knife.

The man left on foot and headed northbound on Tranquille Road.

Police responded with a dog team, but were unable to track the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Teacher shoves student

A high school teacher who pleaded guilty to assault after shoving a student has been suspended for a second time.

Andrew Coates, a shop teacher at South Kamloops Secondary, received a two-week suspension from the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation involving the Nov. 1, 2012 incident.

Coates was later handed an absolute discharge in connection with the assault charge. The suspension of his teaching certificate went into effect on Monday and continues until April 22.

The incident began when Coates was trying to pull into the school parking lot as a group of male students deliberately walked in front of his car, forcing him to a sudden stop.

Coates attempted to speak to one of the students, who was in Grade 9 at the time, but he did not respond, the commissioner's report said.

"When the student came into the classroom, Coates confronted him about the incident. Coates was dissatisfied with the response and lost his temper.

"Coates shoved the student by placing both hands on the student's chest, causing the student to take one or two steps backwards."

In the presence of other students in his woodworking class, Coates said “words to the effect of, ‘That’s the most chickens--t thing I’ve ever seen someone do,’ and, ‘Do you want to try and intimidate me now?’”

He later apologized and asked the student if he was OK.

"The student had a sore neck after this incident."

In April 2013, Coates pleaded guilty in provincial court and was ordered to pay a $100 victim surcharge.

Judge Stephen Harrison said factors influencing his decision to render an absolute discharge included Coates' enrolment in an anger-management program, the fact that a suspension would cost him part of his salary and that the experience had caused him embarrassment.

After the court case, the school district suspended Coates without pay for one month.

Coates is required to provide proof to the commissioner by Aug. 30 that he has completed anger-management counselling with a psychologist approved by the commissioner.

The Canadian Press

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