Arrest made in smash and grab

Kimberley RCMP had a busy time heading into the weekend.

  • Mar. 18, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Carolyn Grant

RCMP have been busy with several incidents heading into the weekend. One has already resulted in an arrest.

The first was a break in at the Sullivan Pub Beer and Wine Store. Cpl. Chris Newel of the Kimberley RCMP says that at 1:30 a.m. Thursday an unknown person or persons smashed the window of the store and reached in to take 20 bottles of wine.

Police reviewed video surveillance from the pub along with neighbouring businesses, and that paid off.

By Friday night, an arrest had been made when the suspect returned to the store and was recognized by staff from the video review. Police were called and the suspect was taken into custody.

“I guess going back to the scene of the crime was not a good idea,” Newel said.

On Thursday, at 11:30 p.m., the Kimberley Fire Department and Kimberley RCMP responded to a car fire on 307th in Marysville.

Once arriving on scene, the fire department quickly had the fire extinguished, but the vehicle was completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

If you have any information about this fire, please contact Kimberley RCMP at 250-427-4811.

On Friday night, Kimberley RCMP conducted a road check on Highway 95A, surprising a number of people, Newel said.

“One driver is now facing charges of Driving While Prohibited after he borrowed his friend’s truck to drive into town,” Newel said. “In addition he got a violation ticket for no driver’s license and driving contrary to restrictions. His license status was a result of a drinking and driving incident some time ago. Another driver got his marijuana seized.

“Two other drivers were caught after they decided to turn around just prior to the check. Yes, this draws attention to yourself. Not sure what would have happened if they drove through the check, but it would have been no worse than what they got.

“One was a new driver with too many passengers; the other received a three-day driving prohibition as a result of a Warn on the roadside-screening device.”