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

RCMP report: Stolen items recovered, suspected overdose death

Penticton RCMP report for the week

Penticton RCMP helped recover a very special item that was stolen during a break and enter at a Baskin Street home May 10.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said along with a number of other items taken, was a framed, autographed Bobby Orr Boston Bruins jersey which had great value to the resident who was in hospital with a serious medical condition at the time.

“It was his (owner’s) prized possession he’d planned on leaving for his grandson and police investigated thoroughly during the day and were able to track down the jersey and return it to the family,” said Wrigglesworth who did not indicate how or where the item was found, only that the family was very happy for its return.

The matter remains under investigation.

Suspected overdose death

A 26-year-old Penticton man has died as a result of a suspected illegal drug overdose.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said police and paramedics were called to a Power Street address at 8 a.m. May 9.

The man, whose identity was not released, was deceased when first responders arrived.

The matter has been turned over to the B.C. Coroner’s Service and officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy for the exact cause of death.

Rollover on Highway 3A

A 53-year-old Olalla woman reportedly suffered only minor injuries after the car she was driving wound up on it’s roof in the westbound ditch at Highway 3A and Sheep Creek Road Monday.

The driver was the lone occupant of the 1993, four-door Toyota Camry and was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital for treatment.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth of Penticton RCMP said alcohol is not suspected however the incident may have been a result of distracted driving.

The accident happened about 9 a.m.

Impaired charges laid

A 23-year-old Kelowna man is facing impaired charges following an early-morning motor vehicle accident on Highway 97 just south of Red Wing Resorts.

Police say the driver of the Ford Focus rear ended a small tour bus at about 2:45 a.m. at that location.

Police report neither the drivers of the vehicles or the passengers in the bus were injured.

The man was given an immediate administrative driving prohibition and will be charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired and operating a motor vehicle with a blood limit over .08.

He was released and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Gun theft

RCMP are investigating the theft of a rifle from a garage on Bennet Avenue during a break in sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 12.

The gun is described as a CZ858 model, metal grey with a brown wood stock and was in a case behind some other items.

Four magazine cases were also taken along with a Zippo lighter with the initials GS.

Police say the door to the garage had been left unlocked for some construction work.

Okanagan Falls break-in

Sometime overnight on May 10 or 11 a Cherry Crescent house in Okanagan Falls was broken into.

Access was reportedly gained through a kitchen window. Taken were an Toshiba tablet, iPad and a set of keys.

A Dodge Ram pickup truck was stolen overnight May 12 from a Maple Street residence in Okanagan Falls was found undamaged the next day by the vehicle’s owner.

It’s thought the keys had been left on the porch by the owner after returning from work the previous afternoon.

The pickup truck was found near Highway 97 and West Bench Hill Road.

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