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RCMP pilot spots thief on the run

Image Credit: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
April 18, 2013 - 4:00 PM

A Kelowna man had nowhere to run this morning after robbing a residence on Hall Road. With an RCMP helicopter overhead and police in pursuit with a search dog, the thief only made it as far as Fisher Road before being arrested.

Police seized the loot in the man's backpack and returned it to its rightful owner. The 37-year-old man is now facing charges of break and enter, and possession of stolen property.

RCMP received the report at 9:45 a.m. when a witness spotted a suspicious man inside a home with a broken window on the 3100 Block of Hall Road. Using the witness description, police called in a helicopter and the pilot was able to spot the man on a scooter heading down KLO Road. The pilot helped direct officers on the ground as they cornered the suspect into a driveway on Fisher Road. Police found the man's scooter was also stolen, belonging to a residence on Bernard Avenue.

RCMP say the arrest was possible due to the aerial surveillance provided by the helicopter pilot. RCMP Air Services provide a bird's eye view of crime scenes, making it easier for officers on the ground to track down suspects on the run.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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