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POLICE BEAT: Teenage thieves caught
Two teenage boys are facing charges of theft, possession of stolen property and trespassing at night.
The two, ages 16 and 18, were arrested Sept. 9, after an alert citizen called 911 to report thieves going through parked vehicles on South McPhedran Road.
When officers arrived on the scene, the two suspects fled, but were caught shortly later while trying to hide behind a home on Edgewood Drive. According to Campbell River RCMP, there had been a recent spike in vehicle break-ins in the area before the arrests occurred.
Two charged after drug investigation
Following a two-month-long investigation, members of the RCMP’s Street Crew arrested two local men in connection with drug trafficking.
The officers finally swept in after observing a drug transaction on Aug. 29. One suspect was found with heroin while another man was also stopped and searched.
A police dog was brought in to search the second suspect’s vehicle and inside the dog discovered cocaine, heroin, drug trafficking paraphernalia and cash.
Both men were arrested and later released on conditions. Cuong Lai, 47, is charged with trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of possession (cocaine and heroin) for the purpose of trafficking. Lai is due back in Campbell River provincial court at a later date. A 35-year-old Campbell River resident, whose name was not released, is also facing a heroin trafficking charge.
Don’t believe the scam
Campbell River RCMP received two calls recently about an old scam making the rounds again.
The “Emergency Scam” or “Grandparent Scam” involves a caller claiming to be a relative who are need of desperate financial need due to a medical or legal emergency.
The scam artist asks for cash to be sent through Money Gram, or a similar service. The scammer will also plead to not tell anyone as they are “embarrassed.”
People who receive such calls are urged to ensure they confirm the identity of anyone asking for money or who implies they are a relative. For more information on various scam techniques, visit online at www.antifraudcentre.ca