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Police respond to hit-and-run in Clearwater

The man was later issued a ticket for fleeing the scene

June 6

At 10 p.m., an 82-year-old Blackpool man attended the RCMP Detachment to report a suspicious occurrence on Thompson Drive in Blackpool. At 4 a.m. that morning, he observed a Bobcat and trailer abandoned in front of his property. Police checks showed a trailer and Bobcat to be stolen out of Kamloops.

A 37-year-old Kamloops man called reporting that sometime overnight, his 2012 Bobcat S-130 along with his flat-deck trailer had been stolen from his residence. He provided pictures of the Bobcat and trailer, and advised that at approximately 10 p.m. the night previous, he had overheard a truck idling outside of his home and observed an older model white Ford F-350. A photo of the suspect truck was sent as well.

Clearwater RCMP were called to a report of a suspicious trailer and Bobcat which had been unhitched in front of the complainants home at 4 a.m. Const. Meyer confirmed the Bobcat and trailer were registered to the Kamloops man. He followed up with the owner, who made arrangements to have the pair picked up by his father-in-law.

The investigation is ongoing as police have located and are reviewing video surveillance that clearly shows a dark coloured crew cab truck dropping the trailer and Bobcat off and then departing the scene 15 minutes later. Police are asking anyone with any information on this incident to contact them or Crime Stoppers.

June 10

At 5:41 p.m., Clearwater RCMP received a call from a 27-year-old Clearwater woman regarding an motor vehicle incident hit-and-run occurring at the intersection of Highway 5 and Clearwater Village Road, in front of the Wells Gray Inn.

She said a dark grey Chevrolet rear-ended her and upon pulling over, the driver refused to give his information and left. The driver was described as in his 60s and provided only his first name, saying he’ll buy her and her family dinner, and tried convincing her to say it had happened in the parking lot.

The male driver was slurring his words while speaking and kept trying to block the woman’s photos of his truck before leaving. Const. Van Woudenberg attended the Wells Gray Inn and inspected the damage on the woman’s courtesy car from a Kamloops dealership. There was very minimal damage, hardly noticeable, but the woman reported it due to it being a courtesy car.

The truck is registered to a 55-year-old Clearwater man. The following day Const. Van Woudenberg wrote up a violation ticket for failing to remain at the scene of an incident and attended the man’s residence in the 1400-block of Davy Road, where he was served.

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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