Image: Kamloops this Week

Groom allegedly steals bait bike on way to Kamloops reception

Kamloops police targeted bicycle thefts in the city and arrested eight men

  • Sep. 25, 2019 1:45 p.m.

-Kamloops this Week

Over the course of four days Kamloops police targeted bicycle thieves through the use of a Kamloops-designed bait bike program — with eight men arrested and 23 charges laid.

One of those arrested was a man who had just been married hours earlier.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said the 41-year-old man had been married earlier in the day and was en route to his wedding reception when he was arrested. It is alleged he saw a locked bike and made time to stop, cut the lock and steal the bike.

Pillay said the bike was recovered in the man’s vehicle while he was driving when prohibited from doing so.

“The investigators noticed he was well dressed for conducting a bike theft and later were contacted by the concerned bride,” Pillay said.

READ MORE: Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

In the bait bike program police lock up bikes in places where criminals may see them. The bikes are kept under surveillance and if a suspect cuts the lock and steals the bike officers are in a position to make an arrest.

The project targeted certain problem areas and resulted in the following arrests of Kamloops residents:

  • A 43-year-old man arrested for theft and possessing property obtained by crime.
  • A 39-year-old man arrested for possessing property obtained by crime and trespass by night.
  • A 28-year-old man arrested for theft, possessing property obtained by crime and obstructing police.
  • A 45-year-old man arrested for theft and possessing property obtained by crime.
  • A 32-year-old man arrested for theft, possessing property obtained by crime, obstructing police, trespass by night and mischief.
  • A 33-year-old man arrested for possessing a controlled substance and trafficking a controlled substance, with the drugs suspected to be methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin.
  • A 45-year-old man arrested for theft, possessing property obtained by crime and possessing break-in tools.
  • A 41-year-old from Kamloops arrested for theft, possessing property obtained by crime and driving while prohibited.

“In situations like this, we conduct the criminal investigation, but we also seek to understand who these people are and why they are offending,” Sgt. Pillay said in a release. “None of the eight suspects are homeless. Most of those involved are known participants in the drug scene, either as an addict, user or both. One has recently been convicted of drug trafficking and is pending sentencing.”

READ MORE: Arrest made after fourth threat closes a Kamloops high school in nine days

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ready, Set, Learn bus excites incoming students

EIDES’s Ready, Set, Learn bus delivered early learning packages throughout Fernie

Deer fawning season begins in B.C.

WildSafeBC is reminding people how to react if they come across a deer fawn

The Fernie Academy hockey players sign to play in the NA3HL

Dylan Baker, Chris Consolozio, and Bowen Arola continue their hockey careers in the NA3HL

Rivers, creeks flooding across the East Kootenay due to rainstorm

Residents evacuated in Fairmont, other properties on alert due to debris flow concerns

Southeast Kootenay school district set to reopen next week

Individual schools have creative timetables and schedules in order to adhere to public health orders

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

B.C.’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics goes virtual

The annual event partnering RCMP with Special Olympians is dramatically altered by COVID-19

Introducing the West Coast Traveller: A voyage of the mind

Top armchair travel content for Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California!

Bateman program encourages people to sketch outside, connect with nature

#MyNatureSketch initiative encourages Canadians to become ‘bright-eyed three year olds’

Be cautious expanding COVID-19 bubble, Dr. Bonnie Henry tells B.C.

Senior homes stay off-limits as schools, businesses reopen

Most Read