Police likely prevented countless break-ins

Williams Lake

2017-08-04 13:27 PDT

File # 2017-5694

Williams Lake RCMP Detachment Commander pleased with the preliminary review of property related crime stats for the month of July.

RCMP have confirmed that a total of 7 break and enters were allegedly committed in the City of Williams Lake throughout the month of July, 4 of which were reported to police pre-evacuation.

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Our investigators had linked those remaining three break and enters, after two suspects were taken into police custody on July 11th and search warrants were subsequently executed by the Williams Lake RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) at various locations on July 12th, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP in Williams Lake.

27-year-old, Nickolas Frederick Ivany and 24-year-old Alana Mika Ward, both of Williams Lake have now been charged criminally for the possession of property investigators believed to be stolen from the three separate evacuated homes. Mr. Ivany has also been charged with willfully obstructing a police officer and possession of a controlled substance.

This favourable outcome is no doubt as a direct result of our team's hard work and enforcement strategies being front loaded during the onset of the local state of emergency, prior to the full scale evacuations of Williams Lake, says Insp. Jeff Pelley. The RCMP will continue to remain diligent on this front locally, with the remaining areas still under an Evacuation Order, as we continue to actively target our current offenders involved in property crime.

The RCMP continue to remain committed to ensuring the community is safe and their property is protected throughout the city of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District, whether they are on an evacuation alert or evacuation order, adds Insp. Jeff Pelley.

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