November 22, 2012 - 12:45 PM
An abandoned 9-1-1 call last night led police to the recovery of a stolen SUV they attempted to track down earlier in the day.
At around 10 a.m., Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of someone in a white Ford Explorer driving erratically on Water St. at Lawrence Ave. According to the caller the truck, bearing a Saskatchewan licence plate, stopped in the middle of the road while some sort of altercation took place inside the vehicle.
The driver took off, southbound on Water St. and police last saw the SUV heading towards West Kelowna. Police searched for the Ford when a records check indicated the plate was stolen, but were unable to find it.
The abandoned 9-1-1 call came in at 7:20 p.m. and RCMP checked on the well-being of residents of a home on the 4800 block of Canyon Ridge Crescent. Police spoke with a man and confirmed no one was in need of emergency services. The officer then noticed a white Ford Explorer with Saskatchewan plates.
It was the same vehicle police received complaints about earlier that day. RCMP records checks confirmed the stolen plates and that the SUV had been stolen from a dealership in Rosetown, Sask. in October.
The officer returned to the home to speak with the man about the SUV but discovered he had fled on foot. A police service dog tracked the suspect to a wooded area where the man was taken into custody.
A 33-year-old Saskatoon man faces multiple potential charges of possession of stolen property. He is expected to attend court later today.
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