Police arrest two after rash of break and enters

The Kamloops RCMP arrested two individuals yesterday morning in relation to a rash of break and enters occurring in Sun Peaks. Approximately 60 break and enters have occurred in the past several months. The culprits responsible were targeting flat screen television sets, electronic items and other items of value. The estimated value of items stolen from residences and damage to property via forced entries is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

In response, the Kamloops RCMP Special Project Unit initiated an investigational plan involving a number of specialized units within the local detachment, resulting in successful arrests of two individuals.

On Dec. 8, at approximately 4:30 a.m., police arrested Jamie Koivisto and Jesse Tucker, who were removing items from an unoccupied townhouse complex located  in the village. The culprits gained entry into the residences through basement windows and proceeded to place stolen items in a vehicle that they drove to the area. A subsequent investigation determined that the suspects had gained entry into five separate residences that morning. A number of stolen items were recovered during the arrests and police are in the process of determining ownership.

Charges are being recommended on two individuals for possession of break-in instruments, possession stolen property and five counts of break and entering. Police are continuing their investigation and are anticipating additional charges in near future.

Jamie Koivisto, a resident of Cherry Creek, was remanded in custody pending a bail hearing today at 1:30 p.m. at the Kamloops Provincial Courthouse. Jesse Tucker, a Kamloops resident, has been released into the community with numerous conditions.

The Kamloops Special Project Unit is a specialized unit within the Kamloops RCMP consisting of members from the Property Crime and Drug Units.

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