Burning the midnight oil to take a well known criminal off the street paid off for the Oliver RCMP last weekend.
On August 11 at 12:15 a.m., Oliver RCMP were conducting patrols within the town and observed a bike rider (Tyler Newton) on McKinnney Road. (Newton is supposed to be on a curfew.)
Police immediately arrested Newton and upon searching him located a weapon as well as drugs, according to Cpl. Christina Tarasoff.
Newton was also arrested for breach and mischief in relation to a separate Oliver investigation.
Given Newton’s history and the new breach charges, police asked that he be held in custody.
“Oliver members worked diligently throughout the night and into the morning hours preparing a court package and processing evidence while still responding to other calls for service,” Tarasoff said.
Newton was successfully remanded to remain in custody pending court, and has been charged with the following offences: Fail to comply with a condition of a recognizance; fail to comply with a condition of an undertaking; carrying a concealed weapon; possession of a controlled substance; mischief; and prowling at night (trespassing).
Tarasoff said a number of these charges were possible due to a member of the community being pro-active and bringing evidence forward that assisted police with obtaining charge approval.