June 11, 2013 - 12:18 PM
A Kelowna man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant helped police by getting himself arrested for auto theft today.
Police received a report of a theft taking place in underground parking at 555 Yates Road. When they arrived, they could hear banging coming from the secured parking area, indicating the theft was still in progress. Mounties were unable to gain entry into the parking garage and called for backup to help them arrest the suspect who appeared to be stealing a van from its stall.
RCMP closed in as the van left the scene and arrested the 33-year-old. Other items that may have been stolen from the condominium complex were found with the man including cell phones, wallets, tools, electronics, cash and clothing.
The man was the only person in the van and was wanted on an outstanding, Canada-wide warrant for parole violations. He was well known to police and deemed a prolific offender.
Police would like to remind the public that vehicles in underground parking areas should be locked and valuables removed. Tenants may believe their cars are secure, but vehicles can be easily accessed and stolen, or entered, virtually unnoticed. Removing valuables and securing vehicles would make them less desirable to would-be thieves.
The Kelowna man faces multiple potential charges including break and enter and commit, possession of break-in instruments, possession of stolen property and a dozen counts of theft. He is expected to appear in court on June 11.
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