RCMP responded to a chimney fire that destroyed a wood structure. File photo

RCMP Report: Assault in break and enter

Penticton RCMP files of note for the week

A Penticton man is facing charges of assault with a weapon and break and enter following an incident in the early morning hours of May 17 at a city apartment building.

Penticton RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said a resident of the apartment located in the 200-block of Scott Avenue heard a loud noise coming from the area of the laundry room just before 1 a.m. and went to investigate.

The man then saw a male trying to break into the room with a folded metal object which looked like a hammer. When he confronted the suspect, the man allegedly attempted to strike him several times with the object and then took off running.

The resident was able to chase him down near the intersection of Fairview and held him until police arrived. After being arrested he was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Kurtis Clint Kenney, 24, appeared in Provincial Court later that day.

Accident on Highway 3A

A 34-year-old Penticton man suffered only minor injuries after the blue, 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup he was driving failed to negotiate a turn on Highway 3A about 1 a.m. May 20.

The eastbound vehicle left the road and went several meters into the ditch before flipping over.

The vehicle appeared to be a write off and alcohol was not a factor.

Truck stolen and credit card charges racked up

Police are once again warning people not to leave keys in a vehicle after a 2016 Ford F150 pickup truck was stolen from a Ross Avenue residence while the owner was out of town.

“There was a spare key inside the truck and a full tank of gas,” said Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth. “There was also a credit card, approximately $5,000 in purchases were made in Penticton, Peachland and Kelowna up until early this morning (Tuesday) the last one was in Banff.”

Break and enter suspect probably living in unattended home

The forensic identification unit of Penticton RCMP is attempting to determine the identity of a person who had broken into a Robinson Point Road home in Naramata.

The home owner had not been back to the property for a couple of weeks and a neighbour had been periodically checking the residence.

Police say there were indications the person had actually been living in the home for some time and had breached the alarm system.

While it appeared a quantity of items had been set aside for removal, the only thing believed to be missing was an old bicycle.

House ransacked

Also in Naramata police reported a Mill Road home had been broken into and ransacked sometime over the last few days. Keys for some outbuildings on the property were also taken.

Security officer helps with bust

Two men in their 40’s were arrested after a security officer observed them possibly trying to break into an Industrial Avenue West business about 11:45 p.m., May 17.

Police arrived and found the two by a dumpster at a nearby business.

Police also located a small amount of cocaine and amphetamine on the older of the two and he was subsequently charged with possession of an illegal drug and was released on a promise to appear.

The other man was released at the scene after investigating officers determined entry had not been gained into the first building.

Motorcycle stolen

Police are continuing their investigation into the theft of a 2016 Husqvarna 350cc motorcycle from in front of a McCauley Place address that was reported the morning of May 18.

The motorcycle was parked on a flat deck truck and the cable lock had been cut. It had a B.C. registration sticker 1C4212 on the front fork.

It also had a #72 sticker on it.

Quad taken from orchard

On May 17 police received a report of a theft of a red Honda Foreman EPS quad vehicle from an orchard on Upper Bench Road.

The vehicle had yellow sprayer tank attached. The gate to the property had been breached to gain access.

Anyone with information on these crimes or any others to contact Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crime Stoppers 1800-222-8477.