September 30, 2013 - 11:39 AM
KELOWNA - RCMP believe a suspicious truck fire in Rutland last month was the result of a bomb.
The "improvised explosive device" was placed in the cab of a Chevy Silverado in the 1300 block of Rutland Road north. On Aug. 30 at about 12:25 a.m., a plume of smoke coming from the area of the home prompted an patrolling Mountie to investigate. The officer reports the truck was fully engulfed in flames in the driveway, and the fire completely destroyed the cab of the truck before the Kelowna Fire Department could extinguish it.
Neighbours told police that prior to the fire, there was a loud bang. The investigation shows the noise came from the explosive device that was placed inside the cab of the truck while it was locked and parked in front of the owner's home.
"Investigators do not believe this to be a random act of vandalism but no motive has been determined to suggest why this specific vehicle was targeted," RCMP Const. Kris Clark stated in a press release. "There is also no information to link this to a recent seizure by CFSEU-BC in West Kelowna, or a previous vehicle fire cause by an improvised explosive device this past January."
Clark says Kelowna RCMP consider all these incidents to be of growing concern because the potential for innocent people to be seriously or gravely harmed by the construction, transport or detonation of such devices is very high.
The investigation into the incident that happened in January where an explosive device destroyed a vehicle in the 200 block of Lawrence Avenue is still open.
Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents can contact RCMP Const. Hamilton at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, www.crimestoppers.net or text to crimes at (274637) ktown.
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