Tips lead to wanted man

Marcus Sheena, one of the RCMP’s 10 most wanted in B.C., was located on the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve thanks to tips from the public.

Marcus Sheena

Marcus Sheena

Marcus Sheena, one of the RCMP’s 10 most wanted in B.C., was located on the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve thanks to tips from the public.

Sheena was one of two South Okanagan men reported to the media last week on the RCMP’s most wanted list. He was listed as a chronic offender in the Oliver and Penticton area. RCMP credited the heightened awareness and media reports about B.C.’s most wanted, which the public responded to with a number of anonymous tips, resulting in the apprehension of two of the people on the top-10 list so far.

“Information is a powerful tool for police,” said Cpl. Scott VanEvery of the South Okanagan and Similkameen Regional Investigation Section. “We received a number of tips, and that information led us to the right place. And in the end, Marcus Sheena was arrested.”

Sheena was taken into custody around 1 p.m. on Tuesday at a residence where, with the co-operation of the Osoyoos Indian Band, he was arrested without incident. He was wanted for breaching probation conditions related to a charge of assault with a weapon. On that file Sheena attempted to obtain money from the victim and when they refused he choked out the victim.

Still outstanding on B.C.’s most wanted list is Thomas Lawrence Grant, who has two outstanding warrants. RCMP list the man as a chronic offender around Penticton, the South Okanagan and Boundary regional detachment area.

Grant’s first warrant is from Nov. 16, 2010 on a Penticton file for possession of stolen property, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and mischief. The second warrant is for theft under $5,000 and possession of stolen property in Summerland. This warrant has been in effect since Nov. 26, 2010.

Police said all attempts to locate Grant at his residence as well as his known associates have been unsuccessful. In addition to his warrants, Grant is also accused and before the courts on charges of assault causing bodily harm in the Boundary regional detachment area and possession of counterfeit money in Penticton.

Anyone with information about the remaining eight people on the list, or their current whereabouts, is asked to call their local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). To view the full list of B.C.’s most wanted visit www.bc.rcmp.ca and go to the new most wanted section.