January 06, 2016 - 9:07 AM
KAMLOOPS - Police are still looking for suspects involved in two vehicle thefts after one of the stolen vehicles was involved in a hit and run yesterday afternoon.
The rural RCMP detachment received a report of a stolen Chevrolet pickup truck from the Cherry Creek area around 4 p.m. yesterday, Jan. 5, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Cheryl Bush says. The report came in just before the same vehicle collided with a Smart car on Kamloops’ Summit Drive.
A Cherry Creek resident reported the stolen vehicle after he noticed an unknown male driving his brother’s Chevrolet Silverado truck down the road. A green 1993 Jeep Cherokee followed the truck down the road. The man attempted to block the vehicles from leaving but both struck his before fleeing toward the highway. The witness was not injured but returned home to find numerous items, including several firearms stolen in a break and enter.
The Jeep turned out to be another stolen vehicle from Curlew Road in Valleyview. A resident reported the vehicle theft around 9 a.m. yesterday morning.
The stolen pickup struck a Smart car by Waddington Drive and Summit Drive around 4:15 p.m. not long after the theft was reported to police. The male driver of the smart car was transported to Royal Inland Hospital with injuries. The severity of his injuries is unknown at this time.
Police located the pickup not far from the collision scene and determined it was the same vehicle stolen from the property in Cherry Creek. Bush says a number of the stolen firearms were located in the vehicle, but no suspects were taken into custody.
Investigators are still working to identify suspects through forensic evidence. The stolen Jeep, plate number BF742B, has not been located.
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