Multiple incidents of fuel thefts have been reported since the price for gasoline has gone up. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Multiple incidents of fuel thefts have been reported since the price for gasoline has gone up. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Clearwater RCMP respond to incident involving fuel theft

Police remind motorists to ensure vehicle doors and fuel caps are secure

May 19

At 9 a.m., a Clearwater woman called the RCMP detachment to report a theft in the 200-block of Murtle Crescent in Clearwater. It was reported that two nights prior, the complainant’s son and a co-registered owner had just filled up their white Ford F-350 truck with diesel before heading to bed, and when he got up there was a quarter tank of fuel missing.

Police continue to investigate and are reminding motorists to ensure that their vehicles, including fuel caps and doors are secure. Home and business video surveillance systems are also a great tool for deterring or investigating these occurrences. With the current price of fuel, police will continue to conduct increased neighbourhood patrols as a preventative measure.

Later at 10:45 a.m., a commercial vehicle operator called the RCMP to report an abandoned dog at a local fuel station in Clearwater.

The complainant reported that a grey one-ton Dodge dually truck with an unknown B.C. plate and camper stopped at the nearby picnic benches. An old man with a limp and another male got out of the vehicle with their dog on a leash. They walked to the store then back to the picnic benches. They took the leash and dog collar off the dog, hopped back in their truck and drove away, in an unknown direction. The dog was very social running from vehicle to vehicle.

Const. Meyer and Sgt. Simpson attended and spoke with the complainant who advised that the man and his son abandoned the dog intentionally. No video surveillance of the picnic area was available. Const. Meyer waited with the dog, which appeared to be healthy, for Clearwater’s animal rescue to attend and take the dog over the weekend.

Sgt. Simpson conducted extensive patrols throughout the area for the Dodge dually pickup and camper. The dog would be boarded for the long weekend at a local shelter and would then be taken to Kamloops or 100 Mile House to see if the dog is chipped or tattooed.

Const. Meyer provided animal rescue with $50 to help with costs associated to the dog. The following day, with the help of social media, the dog’s owner called police to report it’s theft and requested to pick up his dog named “Bear” after the weekend. Animal rescue was advised and provided with the owner’s phone number. Investigation is ongoing.

May 21

At 9:26 p.m., Const. Klassen and Const. Tobin were conducting a road check on Clearwater Village Road at Murtle Rd., in Clearwater, when a white Chevrolet Suburban with an Alberta rental vehicle plate approached. Four males were in the vehicle.

When Const. Klassen asked the driver for his driver’s licence he proceeded to flee the road check, spinning his tires as he did so. The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed down Murtle Rd. Members located the vehicle minutes later at the Dragon Fly splash park, abandoned. Passers-by said the four males ran toward Murtle Rd. Members found three of the males, however the driver was still outstanding. All passengers confirmed that their co-worker was the driver.

While members were talking with the passengers, the driver circled back to the vehicle undetected and fled in it again. Members located the vehicle abandoned at a local campground. As such the vehicle was impounded for seven days for stunting. Members made many attempts to locate the driver at his camp site with no luck. As the driver’s identity is known, he will be served with violation tickets for several offences.

Clearwater RCMP responded to 38 calls for service this past week.

Sgt. G.D. Simpson is the detachment commander at the Clearwater RCMP Detachment. Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 or, to report anonymously, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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