November 10, 2014 - 11:53 AM
TWO VEHICLES STOLEN AND RECOVERED; SUSPECT STILL AT-LARGE
KAMLOOPS – Police say two vehicles stolen early Sunday morning are likely related and they are investigating if a hit and run around the same time is also related.
Around 1 a.m. RCMP responded to a break-and-enter at a garage on West Victoria Street. The suspect took a white Chevy Trailblazer from the garage and exited the building by driving through the glass garage door. Windows of the neighbouring garage were broken, but the owner of the building confirmed nothing was stolen.
Police followed trails of glass and around 2 a.m. recovered the stolen vehicle on Guerin Creek road in Sahali. The suspect abandoned the vehicle. A nearby residence was broken into and a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was stolen. The garage door of the residence was destroyed.
"It's highly likely that the two (vehicle thefts) are related," Const. Jason Epp said.
When police arrived on scene, investigators used a dog unit to track the suspect's movements.
While police investigated the stolen vehicles, other officers followed up on a hit-and-run report on Summit and Columbia in front of the Donut King. A mini-van was hit by a pickup truck. It’s unknown if the truck involved was the same one stolen from the residence. Epp said he cannot confirm if the hit-and-run is related to the vehicle theft.
Later on, police recovered the stolen pickup truck in the East Shuswap Road area. The suspect is still at large while the investigation remains ongoing.
-This story was edited at 12:38 p.m. to include information from an RCMP press release.
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