Suspected burglars nabbed by Kelowna RCMP in stolen truck
Howard Alexander - News Editor
(ADAM PROSKIW /InfoTel Multimedia)
January 07, 2016 - 12:19 PM
KELOWNA - A pair of burglars didn’t make it easy for Kelowna RCMP to catch them, but in the end, they wound up behind bars and earned a date with a judge today.
RCMP says it all started with a report of a stolen Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck just before 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5. The truck was taken from the 200 block of Froelich Road in Rutland, and police spotted it that night parked a few blocks away on Bolotzky Court, according to a media release.
Officers set up a surveillance operation on the truck, which was used by two suspects during a break-in at a business in the 1900 block of Baron Road and an attempted break and enter at a business in the 3600 block of Highway 97 North.
When the cops tried to stop the pickup, the suspects avoided a spiked-belt and took off.
“Police continued to monitor the truck from a safe distance and observed as it was being driven in a dangerous manner westbound along Harvey Avenue in the eastbound lanes of the highway,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “An officer with Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic safely deployed a spike belt on Harvey Avenue near Spall Avenue.”
Three of the trucks tires were flat, but the two men still tried to get away and the RCMP used three cruisers on Cadder Avenue just east of Pandosy Street to 'contain and prevent the suspect vehicle fleeing again'.
The three police vehicles sustained some minor damage, though no one was hurt.
Two men were arrested.
RCMP found a stolen Yamaha dirt bike in the bed of the stolen truck and investigators say it had been taken during a break-in at a storage facility in the 3500 block of Alcan Road.
O’Donaghey says a 31-year-old man and a 38-year-old man, both from Kelowna, are in custody facing multiple charges including break and enter, possession of stolen property, flight from a police officer and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
They are scheduled to appear in court today, Jan. 7.
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