Two arrested following Kelowna crime spree

KELOWNA - A day-long crime spree in Kelowna and West Kelowna ended after two men were arrested in a stolen pickup truck earlier this month.

Several people and businesses were hit during the one day crime spree on June 3, Cpl. Joe Duncan says in a media release.

The spree started with the theft of a truck and then a computer was stolen from the Walmart in West Kelowna. In the early hours of June 4 there was an attempted break-in at Neighbourhood Pub, where the suspects failed to gain entry, and then Hong Kong Restaurant was targeted, though employees scared off the duo. The pair then headed to Kelowna where they broke into Ek’s Grill and stole alcohol.

A spike belt was deployed on the William R. Bennett Bridge and the duo then fled on foot. After a short chase the suspects were apprehended.

James Anolik, 29, and Merle Cahoose, 45, are facing a variety of charges in connection with the spree, including break and enter, possession of stolen property, theft under $5,000, flight from peace officer and resisting or obstructing peace officer.

The two men are in custody and are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow, June 16.

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