RCMP warn of fake lottery scam after attempt to cash $500

Police briefs | Jan. 25-27

Terrace RCMP responded to approximately 230 calls for service during the week of Monday, Jan. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Of those calls, 98 occurred Friday through Sunday at midnight.

Below are some highlights from the Friday to Sunday files.

Fraudulent winner scam

Two local businesses caught a lucky break when they recognized a fake winner.

On Friday Jan. 25, police received a report of a woman trying to cash a fraudulent $500 instant win pull-tab ticket. The business recognized the ticket to be fake, kept it, and declined the payout. A similar incident occurred on Jan. 24 at another business, but was also caught.

Unfortunately, on Jan. 26, another business was not so lucky and didn’t catch the fraudulent ticket until after a payout had been made.

Suspects were described differently in each case. Police are investigating.

Office space break and enter

An office building on Kalum Street was broken into over the weekend.

On Sunday Jan. 27, Terrace RCMP received a report of several offices being ransacked and two laptops missing. The Terrace RCMP Forensic Identification Unit was contacted for scene examination.

Police are investigating.

Domestic disturbances

Terrace RCMP received three reports related to domestics over the weekend.

On Friday Jan. 25, police responded to two domestics: one verbal in nature for which parties were separated, and the other for an assault in which a man was arrested.

On Saturday, a man was found breaching no-contact orders after police were called to a residence for a report of a domestic in progress. He received a court date related to the offence.

Sobered up in cells

Four men and two women spent part of their weekend sleeping it off at the Terrace RCMP Detachment.

Over the weekend, police responded to approximately 21 reports related to disturbances, including Liquor Act, Unwanted Guests, Cause a Disturbance, and Mischief files.

Of the six people brought back to cells to sober up safely, five were brought in Friday Jan. 25. They were arrested at various locations including the 4600 and 4700 block of Lakelse Avenue, the 4600 block of Park Avenue, and Spokeshute Street.

On Saturday, a man was arrested on the 3200 block of Emerson Street for Cause a Disturbance.

Those arrested were released when sober.

Abandoned/false 911

Almost 10 per cent of reports received this weekend were for abandoned or accidental 911 calls.

Of the files, four were received Friday Jan. 25, two on Jan. 26, and three on Jan. 27.

Calls were attributed to children playing, deactivated cellulars, phones acting up, and other unknown reasons.

If you have information about crime contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at www.terracecrimestoppers.ca.

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