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Facebook tipsters help police recover vintage pickup that went on joyride from Kamloops to Cache Creek

This Ford pickup truck was stolen in Kamloops on June 11 and recovered the same day in Cache Creek.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Jami-Lynn Delorme

A vintage Ford pickup truck was stolen from the Kamloops Golf & Country Club yesterday, but it wasn’t long before several members of the community helped the owners and police track it down.

It was around 4 p.m. on June 10 when the owner finished a round of golf and noticed the vehicle was not where he parked it.

Jami-Lynn Delorme, the owner’s stepdaughter, posted photos of the missing vehicle to Facebook, which were widely circulated among local groups.

“It’s his baby,” she said. “He doesn’t drive it in the winter.”

Thanks to observant members of the public who had noticed the truck around town, she was able to track where it had been and when.

Eventually a woman from Cache Creek, which is about 80 kilometres west of Kamloops on Highway 1, contacted Delorme to say the truck was spotted on her property, and its two occupants were trying to steal gas.

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Delorme said police responded and were able to recover the truck near the Historic Hat Creek Ranch.

Her stepdad was asked if he wanted to press charges so she assumes arrests were made.

The truck appears to still be in good condition aside from minor damage to the gas cap, she said, but it hasn’t been returned for a full inspection.

“I’m just really thankful,” she said. “I’m grateful to everybody that had their eyes out, grateful my stepdad got it back.”

Seeing so many strangers come together online to help Delorme find the truck made her feel a strong sense of community. She assumes police would have eventually recovered the truck on their own, but believes it happened much faster thanks to the efforts of concerned citizens. 

“We don’t even live right in town but everyone came together for us.”

An email to the Kamloops RCMP was not responded to before publication.

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