Safe swiped from store

Police are seeking suspects who recently made off with a safe from a Sicamous business.

  • Nov. 16, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Police are seeking suspects who recently made off with a safe from a Sicamous business.

Sicamous Sgt. Carl Vinet reports that on Oct. 31, at approximately 3:45 a.m., two suspects wearing dark coloured coveralls and balaclavas used an axe on a door window to break into the Sicamous Integra Tire store and make off with a safe.

Vinet describes the suspect vehicle involved as a dark coloured, older model single cab Ford pickup truck with wood railings.

Phone scam

The Sicamous RCMP is warning residents of a telephone scam after receiving a report from an elderly resident who said they’d received a call from a favourite grandson who was in distress.

Known as the Grandma and Grandpa Scam, callers claim to have been robbed, arrested or in an accident, and ask that money be wired to them.

In this incident, the caller became belligerent when he realized the recipient of the call had become suspicious, says Vinet.

“Often, the information the fraudster needs to support their false identity is provided either through an Internet website, Facebook, a family genealogy site or from the grandparents themselves,” says Vinet, who warns you should automatically be suspicious of anyone asking for money.

To avoid being a victim: ask for the name rather than offer it; verify identities or whereabouts of the caller with other family members; ask for help from a family member or trustworthy friend; contact parents of the caller even if asked not to; don’t disclose personal information; and don’t feel pressured to send money immediately.

Anyone with any information that may assist in these investigations is encouraged to contact the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.