Golden/Field RCMP responded to 44 files.
Three suspects, who are suspected in being involved with the armed robbery at Peoples Drug Mart, have been arrested. RCMP received information that the suspects were still in town and arrested them. The two people involved in the robbery were not from the area, while a third person who drove the get away vehicle was identified as a local from the Golden area. RCMP have recovered a large amount of the drugs that were taken during the robbery. The suspects have been charged with robbery with an offensive weapon, and more charges may come as the investigation continues.
RCMP dealt with five impaired IRP (Immediate Roadside Prohibition) charges. RCMP said this was a high number for the area. Each vehicle was impounded for 30 days and drivers were put on a 90 day driving prohibition. One of the people charged with impaired driving was also charged with taking a vehicle without consent.
RCMP responded to three motor vehicle accidents on the Trans Canada Highway. No one was seriously injured in the accidents with the most serious accident involving a F-150 pickup truck and a Jetta. The driver of the Jetta lost control of their vehicle and crossed over into oncoming traffic. The vehicle then hit the truck. Both vehicles were not drivable and had to be towed from the scene.
RCMP have had to deal with a number of reports of homes being broken into over the past few weeks. The homes are second homes of people who do not live in town. RCMP said nothing seems to be stolen from the homes and it looks as though people are just staying in them for a short period of time. People are asked to keep an eye out for strangers near vacation homes in the area and if they witness someone stange in the area they should contact the RCMP.
RCMP had to respond to four 911 hang-ups. People are reminded to make sure their phones are locked when in their pockets and if they do accidentally phone 911, please answer the RCMP when they phone back.
It was reported to the RCMP that a purse had been stolen from the front seat of an unlocked vehicle on 9th Avenue South at approximately 12:30 a.m. RCMP arrested three people who were involved with the theft. The RCMP would like to remind people not to leave valuables in their cars and to make sure their cars are locked at all times.
At approximately 12:35 p.m. the Golden RCMP responded to a three-vehicle collision on Highway 1 approximately 59 kilometres west of Golden. The initial investigation by Golden traffic services unit revealed a van was traveling westbound down a moderate grade when it was struck from behind by a loaded tractor trailer unit. The impact caused the van to cross over the double solid line where it side swiped an eastbound tractor trailer unit. The driver of the van was unable to exit his drivers door due to the rear impact damage, however was able exit the van through the passengers side door. The driver was transported to Golden General Hospital, and later airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital where he is in stable condition. The passenger who was seated at the rear of the van died at the scene. The road conditions at the time of the collision were wet and slushy, and may have been a causal factor to the collision. The RCMP and BC Coroners Office are continuing the investigation.