January 08, 2016 - 12:32 PM
KELOWNA – Two Kelowna men have been charged in connection with the theft of a truck and several break-ins earlier this week.
RCMP allege that 31-year-old Walter Mitchell and 38-year-old Heath Anderson stole the Dodge Ram 2500 from a residence on Froelich Road in Rutland just before 10 a.m. Jan. 5. They also allege the suspects used the truck to break into a business on Baron Road and attempted to break into a second business on Highway 97 North.
According to a release sent Thursday, Jan. 7, police spotted the truck on Bolotzky Court.
“Officers set up a surveillance operation on the truck,” Const. Jesse O'Donaghey said. “When the cops tried to stop the pickup, the suspects avoided a spiked-belt and took off.”
Police followed the truck and saw the suspects trying to escape by driving west in the eastbound lanes of the highway.
O’Donaghey says the spiked belt flattened three of the tires, but the suspects continued trying to escape until three cruisers on Cadder Ave managed to stop them.
No police were injured however the three police cruisers were damaged before the two men were arrested.
RCMP found a stolen Yamaha dirt bike in the bed of the stolen truck and investigators say it had been taken during a break-in at a storage facility in the 3500 block of Alcan Road.
Mitchell is charged with dangerous driving, flight from police, possession of stolen property and break and enter.
The alleged passenger Anderson has been charged with break and enter and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
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