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Armstrong man struck on the back of the head by apparent gas thieves

Rose Sanjenko says her husband, pictured here in the hospital, was struck on the back of the head by a pair of suspected gas thieves.
Image Credit: Rose Sanjenko
September 07, 2016 - 10:10 AM

ARMSTRONG - An Armstrong man was taken to hospital after an early morning encounter with two men who appeared to be stealing gas from a vehicle on his property.

Police were called to a home on Mountain View Road in Spallumcheen, outside of Armstrong, Friday, Sept. 2, at 6 a.m. for a report of a theft and an assault, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a media release.

“Investigators were advised that the homeowner was awoken by their dog barking. The homeowner let the dog out and followed it to the rear of the residence. There, he noted their gate (was) open and a gas can on the ground. The homeowner was then struck on the back of the head and fell to the ground. He then heard a vehicle depart,” Moskaluk says.

The man was transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with a suspected concussion. His wife, Rose Sanjenko, says the suspects hit her husband on the back of the head with a couple of two-by-fours before fleeing the area. She's released a photo of him at the hospital wearing a neck brace to warn others about what happened. 

No suspect or vehicle description is available, although one of the men was reportedly wearing a grey hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Armstrong detachment at 250-546-3028 or remain anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477.

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