Man back in custody minutes after leaving Penticton court

PENTICTON - A man found sleeping in a truck filled with stolen items made a court appearance yesterday, and then was taken back into custody just minutes after leaving the court house when he was witnessed stealing a cash box.

The man, who is well known to police, was arrested Dec. 23 after residents reported a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Penticton Home Hardware. When police arrived they found the man sleeping inside the stolen truck, which was filled with tools believed to have been stolen from Kaleden.

The man was held in custody and appeared in court Tuesday morning, Dec. 29. He was released and ordered to report to a probation supervisor.

RCMP decided to keep an eye on him though and the Penticton Drug Task Force and Crime Reduction Unit watched the man leave the probation office at 1:30 p.m., Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says in a release. Over the next 12 minutes the man smashed the window of a business vehicle and stole a cashbox from inside.

“We pursued this male on foot through downtown alleys, over fences and through yards,” Cpl. Scott Vanevery of the task force says. “We called on all our units, both plain clothed and uniform, they surrounded the area giving him no out.”

The male was arrested on Martin Street near Orchard Avenue.

He has been charged with mischief under $5,000 and theft under $5,000. He is set to appear in court again today, Dec. 30.

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