Cou­ple sus­pected of sell­ing fake jew­elry in Fraser Lake

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - — Cit­i­zen staff — Cit­i­zen staff

A pair of fraud artists may have struck Fraser Lake.

RCMP in the com­mu­nity said Fri­day they have re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints of a cou­ple claim­ing to be from out of town ap­proach­ing peo­ple on the street ask­ing for cash to pay for food and gas and of­fer­ing to sell them jew­elry in re­turn.

“The jew­elry had no mark­ings ex­cept for the rings which have a num­ber sig­ni­fy­ing the karat of gold. It is af­ter the pur­chase that the vic­tims dis­cover the jew­elry to be fake,” RCMP said.

It is be­lieved the man and woman are trav­el­ling in a black Kia SUV but the li­cence plate num­ber is un­known.

“The sus­pects did state that they needed money to re­turn home to On­tario,” RCMP said. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on who they may be and where they can be found is asked to call the Fraser Lake RCMP at 250-699-7777 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477. the park­ing lot of a lo­cal busi­ness shortly be­fore noon, RCMP said they lo­cated the sus­pect in the Col­lege Heights area a short time later, only to see him speed away.

With the help of a po­lice he­li­copter, po­lice said they fol­lowed from a safe dis­tance as he headed north on Ospika. Sev­eral min­utes later, plain­clothes po­lice of­fi­cers at­tempted to box the truck in and, in an at­tempt to evade his cap­tors, RCMP said he sub­se­quently col­lided with a civil­ian ve­hi­cle and an un­marked po­lice truck. The drivers of both those ve­hi­cles suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said. A 34-yearold lo­cal man, who RCMP said is well known to the po­lice, was ar­rested and taken into cus­tody. His name was not re­leased. KAM­LOOPS (CP) — A pro­fes­sor who was sus­pended from a B.C. univer­sity af­ter speak­ing out against the pub­li­ca­tion of re­search in jour­nals that are not peer re­viewed will be re­sum­ing his job next month.

Prof. Derek Pyne of Thomp­son Rivers Univer­sity ques­tioned the prac­tice fol­lowed by some pro­fes­sors who pub­lish their work in so-called preda­tory jour­nals, ar­gu­ing they get ahead de­spite in­ad­e­quate re­search.

Pyne was banned from cam­pus in May and has been on an un­paid sus­pen­sion for his feed­back on a col­league who was be­ing con­sid­ered for a po­si­tion at the univer­sity in Kam­loops.

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