Two men have been charged in relation to a break and enter and theft of a firearm from a Teslin residence, and the theft of a car from the Teslin Tlingit First Nation on Wednesday.
Twenty-three-year-old Michael David Archie Nehass and Timothy Douglas Dewhurst, 21, were each charged with one count of break and enter and one count of theft.
Nehass was also charged with possessing a break-in instrument, two counts of breaching probation and two counts of breaching recognizance.
On Wednesday morning, RCMP were alerted to the break and enter and thefts, which had occurred overnight.
Within hours the RCMP’s newly formed street crime reduction team located the two suspects in Whitehorse and arrested them without incident.
The stolen vehicle and firearm were also recovered.
As a precautionary measure, the local school initiated a lock-down procedure, where school administrators locked the outside doors, for two hours. (LC)
Lottery scam sweeps Yukon
Yukon RCMP has received a flurry of calls about suspicious letters and cheques alleging lottery winnings.
Over the past 10 days, they’ve received six reports from Whitehorse residents who have all received similar letters, on UK National Lottery letterhead, claiming they’ve won $55,000 prizes.
The letters also contain cheques, which have B2B Trust written on them, for $1,985.23 and instruct recipients to cash the cheque and forward the money to a specific contact person before any prizes can be awarded.
Although B2B Trust is a legitimate company located in Toronto, company officials confirmed they are not involved in the lottery and the cheques are fake.
“Police advise residents that if it sounds too good to be true — it is,” according to a release from local RCMP.
“Remember, in a legitimate contest, a recipient does not have to purchase a product or send money to pay for delivery, processing, taxes, duty or other fees to qualify for the prize.”
Residents are asked to report these fraudulent letters to Phonebusters at 1-888-495-8501. (LC)