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Kamloops Mounties raid storage building on Lorne Street

Two men are wanted for a variety of possession charges

Dec. 7, 11 p.m.

Cameron Cole surrendered himself to police Friday night.

The former Kamloops resident who was recently living in St. Albert, Alta., will remain in custody until he appears in court at a later date.

In a press release, local RCMP thanked the public for their "calls and information that assisted in the resolution of this matter."

Charles Patrick remains at large.

Dec. 6, 3:55 p.m.

Kamloops Mounties have concluded their search warrant of the Lorne Street property, located in the 1400 block. 

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says because it's an ongoing investigation, police can't comment on what was found or seized from the unit. 

During the search, Shelkie says devices were found that were believed to be explosives and some neighbours were evacuated as a result. However, police later determined the devices were benign and the area was safe.

Neither Cole or Patrick have been arrested.

Dec. 6, 11:14 a.m.

The Kamloops RCMP executed a warrant at a storage building along Lorne Street Thursday morning (Dec. 6), in search of illegal items stored by a wanted man.

Police have been after 35-year-old Cameron Cole since last winter, according to a press release. Cole currently has a warrant out for his arrest for numerous weapons charges. 

Local RCMP were first alerted to his misdeeds when they were called to a residence on Badger Drive in Dallas for a report of a home invasion in January. There was evidence of criminal activity at the house with numerous firearms, bomb-making materials, a quantity of currency and narcotics inside. An investigation led police to execute another search warrant in Westsyde three days later in search of further evidence. Both residences belonged to Cole.

"What originally drew police to the home on Badger Drive was a report of a disturbance from neighbours," says Sgt. Simon Pillay in the release. "That disturbance was, in fact, an armed robbery, commonly referred to as a 'home invasion'. Participants in the illegal drug and organized crime scene commonly target each other with this type of violence. What is particularly disturbing is that this activity was occurring in an otherwise nice neighbourhood, where it would be common to see children playing on the streets. However, behind closed doors there was serious criminal activity that attracted more criminal activity. Our bomb disposal experts were required to make this property safe and that type of treacherous activity has no place in Kamloops.

"This is a perfect illustration on why reporting suspicious activity in your community is vitally important to our collective safety."

Police are releasing his information, as well as that of another man wanted for weapons possession, 62-year-old Charles Patrick, as it is believed they could be renting other residential or commercial locations to store illegal items.

Authorities ask that residential and commercial landlords examine the attached photo. In the past, Cole used an alias of "Jeff Parks" when renting the Badger Drive residence and has also used the alias "Jake". 

If you believe you may have rented or had dealings with Cole, please contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000. 

If anyone sees either Patrick or Cole, police ask that you not approach them and contact RCMP or call 911. You can also report tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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