Bold thief steals work truck in Kelowna, nearly runs couple over

RCMP are looking for a man they say stole an SUV and almost ran a couple over while trying to escape in Kelowna last week.
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KELOWNA - A highway worker had his SUV stolen right in front of him last week, and the thief almost ran a couple over while fleeing the scene.

According to a Crime Stoppers media release, the theft happened just after 2:30 p.m., April 24, at a car dealership in the 2600-block of Highway 97.

“The dealership was closed and he was temporarily parked there while working on the highway project, leaving the keys and his phone inside,” the release says. “A man jumped into the car and bolted, nearly hitting a couple on his way out of the lot.”

The company vehicle, a grey 1998 Nissan Pathfinder, was just steps away from him when it was taken.   

The man is described as a Caucasian male, between 30 and 40 years old, with an unshaven face and a balding head.

The stolen truck’s B.C. plate number is 570KLA and VIN is JN8AR05Y9WW238321.   

The victim’s white Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and numerous construction related materials were also inside the vehicle.

You can help catch these suspects and qualify for a reward by calling the Crime Stoppers anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at or by texting to CRIMES (274637), keyword Ktown.

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