Kamloops RCMP arrest couple in stolen pickup

Busted in stolen truck

A man and woman are in custody after Kamloops RCMP caught up with them in a stolen pickup. 

Staff Sgt. Mat Van Laer says the detachment was called at Friday by someone claiming to be following a stolen truck. The caller said the pickup was last seen heading north on Criss Creek Road.

Police confirmed the truck was in fact stolen; the theft happened during the night of Dec. 4.

Officers were able to catch up to the vehicle, some 13 kilometres up Criss Creek Road, where a 32-year-old man and a 32-year-old female were arrested.

"Because of the risk to the public, we take theft of vehicle very seriously, and are very pleased to have made those arrests," said Van Laer.

The case has been forwarded to the Crown for consideration of charges.

Van Laer adds while police are thankful for the caller's report, they encourage people to leave it up to trained officers to follow people anywhere, as it can cause "a dangerous chain reaction to themselves and the public."

Driver of stolen Lexus rams other vehicles to escape police

Female suspect arrested

UPDATE: 9:37 p.m.

The woman involved in an incident with a stolen vehicle earlier today in Kamloops has been arrested. 

The female driver, who smashed into multiple parked vehicles while escaping police, was later arrested in Chilliwack.

UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.

Kamloops RCMP have released photos of a woman believed to be involved in a flight from police in a stolen vehicle earlier today.

About 12:30 p.m., near 288 Tranquille Rd., RCMP came across a stolen vehicle from Surrey.

While attempting to arrest the driver, she escaped by driving the Lexus SUV into numerous parked vehicles, causing significant damage.

Police are asking the public for help in identifying the female involved. 

"This really underscores the danger that these events represent," said Staff Sgt Mat Van Laer. “We can never predict how these criminals will react, and we are very thankful that no one from the public was hurt today."

Information can be reported to police at 250-282-3000.

ORIGINAL: 4:05 p.m.

The driver of a stolen Lexus is on the lam after some police drama unfolded in Kamloops, Friday.

It all started on the North Shore at the Mr. Lube, about 12:30 p.m.

Officers ran the plates of the white SUV and found it had been reported stolen out of Surrey on Wednesday.

Police tried to stop the female driver as she returned to the SUV, but were unsuccessful. 

"Unfortunately, she didn't comply with the police direction and decided to take off in the vehicle and managed to do so," says Staff Sgt. Mat Van Laer. "In order to do so, she rammed a few parked vehicles ... she caused some significant damage to some vehicles in there."

With a missing bumper, police received a number of calls about the SUV.

It was later located at the Canadian Tire on the South Shore. However, the woman was nowhere to be found. 

"We have some good photos and information about her, so we suspect through our regular investigative channels, we should be able to identify her fairly quickly," said Van Laer.

If you saw the suspect, call police at 250-282-3000.

Interior Health warns of toxic drug batch on Kamloops streets

Kamloops fentanyl warning

Interior Health is warning people who use illicit drugs that tests have shown "extremely toxic levels of fentanyl" in recent samples in the Kamloops area.

The alert specifies a batch of light purple fentanyl or "light purple down contaminated with AMB-FUB (synthetic cannabinoid) with fentanyl."

The toxic batch is connected to reports of increased overdoses and high levels of sedation (nodding), according to the alert. It's additionally been connected to reports of increased heart rate, heavy sweating and hallucinations (both visual and auditory).

The health authority cautions drug users against mixing drugs and using alone. Carry naloxone and, if you're planning to use, test a small dose first.

They're also reminding people of the signs of an overdose, including slow breathing (or no breathing), gurgling or gasping.

The alert is in effect until Dec. 12.


Teenage girl struck by vehicle in Kamloops

Pedestrian hit in Kamloops

A teenage pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Kamloops Thursday night.

RCMP were called to the scene at Aberdeen Drive and Van Horne Drive about 7 p.m. 

The 18-year-old female was attempting to cross Aberdeen Drive when she was hit, police say. She was rushed to hospital by ambulance for assessment, however there is no word on the extent of her injuries.

The driver remained on scene and is co-operating with the investigation, says Sgt. Sascha Fesenko. 

Police are requesting any witnesses to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000. 

The reward for a missing dog in Kamloops has doubled

Trucker's dog still missing

A Kamloops truck driver continues to hold out hope he will be reunited with his "little buddy."

Dexter Laming says his travelling companion Jake went missing from Breamer Drive in Kamloops about 9 p.m. Nov. 9.

He was spotted a few hours later on Hector Drive, however, Laming was unable to find the pooch.

He issued a $200 reward for the safe return of Jake, and now, a friend has offered to double that to $400.

In a recent post to Facebook, Laming said he has had some tips that haven't panned out.

"So, thanks again to all those who looked and keep tabs on posts on FB Thursday evening when it was reported that Jake had been seen, but unfortunately it was a different dog.

"Now to the troll that called me today, called himself Kyle, claiming his sister has had Jake since Nov 10. If there was a reward or not, I said why so long to call?... Oh, no cell service until now... OK, if you have Jake I will reward you $200 on delivery... no, half up front... $200 cash for Jake, straight across... he hangs up... all from a blocked number."

Click here to contact Laming.

Kamloops artist turns dirty truck into rolling piece of art

Dirty truck rolling art piece

Kamloops motorists have been treated to some rolling art lately.

If you've been caught driving behind Zachary Abney's rather filthy truck, you'll know — it's the one with a recreation of the Mona Lisa etched in the dirt.

"I keep telling myself I'm going to wash my truck, and then I stop and doodle something new on the side of it," says the local artist. "So I'm not really sure when I'm going to wash it."

His latest work was another nod to Michelangelo, as he drew the Creation of Adam on the side of his truck.

"I like to play around with that Sistine Chapel idea on the truck, just because it's my holy place," Abney said.

Each work only takes five to 10 minutes, and all Abney needs is his finger and his filthy F-150.

"It got super dirty when I was driving to Cranbrook the other day, and I thought, 'Hey, why waste a free canvas?'"

Abney, who is responsible for some of the murals around downtown Kamloops, also works for CP Rail, and that's where he first started doodling like this. 

He did doodles of Tupac and Biggie Smalls on the trucks at work, much to the delight of his co-workers. 

"It's funny seeing people's reactions to it. I have a lot of people that pull up behind me and pull the phone out and take pictures or walk around the truck and take videos and stuff."

Human remains in Kamloops have been identified

Human remains ID'd

The Kamloops RCMP are releasing the identity of the body found on the North Shore yesterday in hopes of advancing their investigation into the suspicious death.

Investigators have determined the deceased discovered on Carson Crescent on Nov. 29 is David Melvin Boltwood, a 66-year-old man of no fixed address. Boltwood was often seen in a wheelchair on the North Shore and his last contact with local police was Nov. 4.

"Our investigation is advancing in that Mr. Boltwood has been identified; however, we still need the public's assistance," says Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay in a news release. "We do not know where Mr. Boltwood has been staying and investigators are interested in confirming a timeline of his whereabouts. If you know where David Boltwood was staying between Nov. 4 and Nov. 29, please contact the RCMP."

According to the release, evidence indicates that Boltwood's body was left wrapped in a rug near the dumpsters in the alley behind 170 Carson Cres. on Sunday evening (Nov. 24).

"It is too early to confirm if Mr. Boltwood died as a result of a criminal act. However, it is clearly a crime to dispose of human remains in this manner. To those involved in moving David Boltwood to this location, I urge you to come forward to investigators," says Pillay in the release.

If you know anything about the circumstances of this death or saw any suspicious activity in the area, please contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

Fire quickly extinguished in Kamloops motel room

Motel fire doused

Kamloops Fire Rescue was called out to a fire at Country View Motor Inn Friday.

Crews were quick to put out the blaze on Comazzetto Road.

Assistant fire Chief Robb Schoular says the fire, which broke out about 1:30 p.m., was confined to one room.

"Our crews got here extremely fast," he says. "The fire station is just up the road."

The fire damaged some furniture and an AC unit. 

As for a cause, Schoular says it's too early to say. A fire investigator will need to inspect the room first.

There were no injuries.

Kamloops RCMP are looking into suspicious death

Human remains found

Kamloops RCMP are investigating a homicide after human remains were found in the North Shore area.

Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said on Friday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m., police were called to Carson Crescent for a report of suspicious circumstances.

Police attended the scene, spoke with several witness and conducted an initial investigation which led to the discovery of human remains.

The Kamloops Serious Crime Unit has taken over the investigation and are seeking help from the public in advancing this case.

"A body was found near the alley running behind 170 Carson Crescent. We are at the very early stages of this investigation. We do know this is a criminal matter and not someone who simply died from exposure,” said Pillay. “The identity, gender, age, race are all unknown at this early stage. We expect there are witnesses out there who may be able to help us. We are asking anyone with information about who this person is to please contact Kamloops RCMP."

Anyone with information on the death is urged to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

Kamloops Search and Rescue looking for Richard Jules

Search on for missing man

Kamloops Search and Rescue are helping Kamloops RCMP look for a missing man.

Richard Jules was last seen on the afternoon of Nov. 23 at his Tk’emlups residence.

Some 14 KSAR members, including ground search and rescue members along with two K9 teams, began searching for Jules Thursday afternoon.

Mutual aid teams are expected to join the search today. A drone team will also be employed in an effort to locate Jules.

Jules is Aboriginal, 48 years old, 5’5″ tall, 95 pounds, with short straight brown hair.

He was possibly wearing a red and white winter jacket and work boots, and may have a moustache.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Richard or has seen him in the past few days is asked to contact the Tk’emlups Rural RCMP at 250-314-1800 or the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

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