Thursday April 17, 2014

Stolen property where shotgun fired

Residents of neighbourhood fear for their safety
Murray Mitchell

Cameras, personal identification, jewelry, purses and other items were among items recovered in a search of a home in the 1100 block of Chateau Street.

Police officers found a cache of stolen property after searching a house on Chateau Street where a 15-year-old was injured by a shotgun blast on Sunday night.

Among the items recovered were computers, jewelry, purses, a bass guitar, firearms, cameras, personal identification and prescription medications. The property has been linked to nine residential break-ins over the past six weeks throughout the city.

Mounties converged on the house in the 1100 block of Chateau after after a shotgun was fired through the floor from a self-contained suite in the rental property. A teenaged boy suffered minor injuries.

RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller could not say if the shotgun that injured the boy was among the weapons seized.

Investigators are trying to piece together enough evidence to recommend charges in relation to the discharge of the firearm and the possession of stolen property.

Some of the seized items — such as stolen ID — suggest that people associated with the house have links with organized crime, Mueller said.

He maintained that gangs have yet to gain a foothold in Kamloops, but some — including Redd Alert — have been trying to do so.

Residents of the neighbourhood have told The Daily News that the house is a blight on an otherwise pleasant area.

In an email to The Daily News, one resident wrote:

"I'm one of the residents living on Chateau and, like so many others, I find these people to be so much more than just a nuisance. I am unbelievably concerned for the safety of my kids and my friends every single day, as well as the young children that live in the home."

For the safety of his family, he asked to remain anonymous.

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