A Ford Ranger stolen from Cache Creek last week with an elderly woman’s beloved possessions, including a pair of narwhal tusks and her spouse’s ashes in an urn, was recovered in 100 Mile House.
100 Mile RCMP Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen said an off-duty officer noticed a 35-year-old Caucasian woman in a truck matching the description in the 400-block of Birch Avenue on Tuesday, Aug. 24. He called on-duty officers, who arrived as the suspect, who is known to police, exited the vehicle. Upon confirming it was the stolen vehicle, officers arrested the woman and seized the truck.
“The vehicle contained a number of items which were not part of the original load placed in the vehicle by the owner. The truck was also missing its matching blue canopy. Several items which were reported stolen along with the truck were not located,” Nielsen said.
The suspect was later released from police custody on an “undertaking with a number of conditions.” The following day, RCMP spoke with several persons of interest across the community regarding the missing items.
Nielsen said the woman who had been arrested was located in a residence on Dogwood Avenue, where officers identified and seized several boxes of items belonging to the elderly victim in the residence’s carport. Thanks to a public tip, the 100 Mile House RCMP also recovered the missing narwhal tusks and the ashes of the victim’s husband as well as the stolen canopy.
A pair of “High Brown” RCMP boots are still missing. The family of the victim would like to thank the community for their response to this story.