RCMP make arrest after trees cut down in park


2023-01-30 15:15 PST

File # 2023-216

 On January 2, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. a Lake Country RCMP Officer was conducting proactive patrols in the area of Jack Seaton Park after seeing social media posts concerning trees being removed from local parks illegally. The posts indicated that someone had cut down several trees and removed them from the park for firewood.

In the 10000 block of Tyndall Road the Officer found proof noticing marks in snow that trees had been dragged out to the roadside and bucked up. Furthermore, the Officer noticed approximately 13 freshly cut tree stumps along with one full cut tree left behind and leaning against others.

Using photographs from witnesses in the neighborhood the Officer was able to identify a suspect vehicle and two male occupants.

Later in the day the Officer again conducted patrols in the area, and this time observed the two male suspects actively engaged in removing freshly cut trees from the park. The Officer arrested both males who now face charges of theft under $5000. The males are Lake Country residents and now have conditions not to be in any park in the Lake Country area.

This Officer took the time to follow local social media which helped identify a public concern, but the RCMP is encouraging citizens to call police directly when witnessing suspicious activities in our parks, for example the sound of chain saws, said Cst. Mike Della-Paolera Media relations Officer with the Kelowna RCMP.

This matter is still under investigation and further charges are possible.

If you live in the Lake Country area and may have information or have witness suspicious activities possibly related to this file, please call the RCMP Detachment (250) 766-2288 and reference file 2023-216


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