Stolen truck smashes Penticton businesses

The Decoy Tavern on Martin Street was one of two businesses hit by a stolen pickup that went on a rampage early this morning, Nov. 6.

PENTICTON - Two Penticton businesses were severely damaged in hit and runs by a stolen truck early this morning.

Police responded to a 4 a.m. call from a Calgary Avenue resident reporting his truck stolen while it was warming up outside, unattended, this morning, Nov. 6, Penticton RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says.

At the same time, other officers were responding to the Government Street Liquor Store, following up on reports of a vehicle smashing into the building. Police found the building damaged but the vehicle gone. Damage to the building was so severe there are concerns about the building's structural integrity, Wrigglesworth says.

Police were then called to Decoy’s Tavern on Martin Street following a report of a vehicle smashing into the front of the building. Video surveillance at the scene shows a man wearing a balaclava and parka, and carrying a duffel bag. He exited the vehicle and entered the bar, departing again in the stolen truck. There are no details on whether anything was stolen from the bar. 

The truck was subsequently reported abandoned at Princess Margaret School after running through a fence. A man was seen running away from the vehicle, left near 75 West Green Ave.

Police have not yet made any arrests in the incidents.

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