January 05, 2016 - 3:59 PM
WEST KELOWNA – A GPS tracker helped a Chilliwack man find his stolen truck in West Kelowna Tuesday morning, and landed a local man in police custody.
Local police, including Westbank First Nation, located the vehicle, a Ford F-250, on Tomat Avenue headed towards Sneena Road just after 7 a.m. after Chilliwack police informed them of its position. The owner of the truck had a GPS tracking unit installed, giving him up to date information on its location.
Kelowna RCMP Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a release that when an officer tried to stop the driver, he fled from police.
“A short time later, another officer followed fresh tracks in the snow and spotted the vehicle abandoned in a field in the 2500 block of Crestview Road,” he says. “Officers set up an area of containment and a Police K9 was called in to search for the suspect driver who had fled on foot. An RCMP Reserve Constable located and arrested the suspect without incident, prior to the arrival of the police dog. The K9 successfully confirmed that the suspects track lead straight back to the stolen truck.”
The truck was retrieved with minor damage to the ignition and will be returned to the owner in the coming days.
A 21-year-old West Kelowna man who is known to police remains in custody, facing potential charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, breach of a recognizance and driving while prohibited.
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