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Penticton RCMP have busy long weekend

The RCMP responded to 240 calls between Friday evening and Tuesday morning

Penticton RCMP had a busy long weekend responding to 240 calls that spanned from domestic violence, armed robbery and drunk driving.

On July 29, at 11 p.m., officers responded to a shoplifting at a local business where the suspect pulled out a box cutter when confronted by staff.

Police conducted extensive patrols and are reviewing CCTV to identify the suspect. This incident is still under investigation.

Also on July 29, a man was arrested and held in custody after officers responded to a domestic assault report. The caller, a woman, alleged the man grabbed her by the back of the head and slammed her to the sidewalk.

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Shortly after midnight on Monday, RCMP responded to a report that a male was inside a complainant’s vehicle and riffling through it. The complainant provided a spot-on description of the suspect and his direction of travel, said police.

Police located the male; he was arrested and held in custody.

On Monday afternoon, Penticton RCMP and members of the BC Highway Patrol were called to an incident on Highway 97 near Redwing.

The vehicle had struck the median and left a field of debris and fluids as it fled. The vehicle was located a short distance away and the male driver fought with police upon arrest, and refused to provide a sample of his breath.

Police are forwarding charges to the BC Prosecution Service.

Throughout the weekend, Penticton RCMP officers have also been working alongside the BC Wildfire Service, the City of Penticton Emergency Support Services, and other partners to support the community as the wildfire threatens homes, wildlife, and our neighbours. Police expedited the evacuation orders at Apex Mountain Village on Monday with assistance from Penticton Area Search and Rescue.

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