Bomb-makers at large

UPDATED: 4:12 p.m.

Kamloops RCMP has completed their search of the commercial unit in the 1400 block of Lorne Street East. 

"Because this search is part of an on-going investigation, we are not able to comment on what was found or seized from the unit at this time," stated Cpl. Jodie Shelkie. 

Today's search is part of a larger investigation into two men, Cameron Cole, 35, or Charles Patrick, 62, who are still at large. 

Neighbours were evacuated today during the search after devices were found that were believed to be explosives. 

However, the RCMP Explosive Device Unit have determined that the devices were benign and the area was safe. 

All neighbours were allowed to return to their residences and businesses.

If you know of the location of either of these suspects, please contact Kamloops RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

ORIGINAL 11:47 a.m.

Two suspects are at large and wanted by police following the search of a Kamloops home on Thursday.

RCMP and Emergency Response Team members executed a search warrant at the 1485 Lorne St. home.

Their investigation began in January, when police responded to a home invasion on Badger Drive in the Dallas area of the city. That incident revealed evidence of criminal activity. 

Numerous firearms, bomb-making materials, cash and narcotics inside were found in the home.

Three days later, another search at a Westsyde home turned up more evidence. Both residences were used by Cameron Cole, 35, whose whereabouts is unknown. Cole has been charged with:

  • Three counts of possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to S.95(1) Criminal Code
  • Possession of a prohibited firearm, restricted firearm, or non-restricted firearm without a licence 
  • Storing a firearm contrary to regulation S.86(2) Criminal Code 
  • Possession of ammunition for the purposes of committing an offence 
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Two counts of possession of an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life 
  • Possession of an improvised explosive device x two
  • Possession of a weapon/device/firearm while prohibited

"What originally drew police to the home on Badger Drive was a report of a disturbance from neighbours. That disturbance was in fact an armed robbery.... Participants in the illegal drug and organized crime scene commonly target each other with this type of violence," said Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay. "What is particularly disturbing is that this activity was occurring in an otherwise nice neighbourhood where it would be common to see children playing on the streets." 

Bomb disposal experts were required to make the property safe.

Also charged and currently wanted is Charles Gerald Patrick, 62, of Kamloops. He is wanted for:

  • Possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Possession of ammunition for the purposes of committing an offence 
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Cole used an alias of "Jeff Parks" when renting the Badger Drive residence and has also used the alias "Jake."  RCMP say it is possible he has rented other locations and that there may be illegal or dangerous items there.

Anyone who has seen or had dealings with Cole or Patrick is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

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