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Four locals arrested after low speed boat chase on Okanagan Lake

June 17, 2016 - 4:54 PM

KELOWNA - RCMP are looking for a paddle boat that was stolen from West Kelowna early this morning.

West Kelowna RCMP received a report of the theft in progress from a shoreline property in the 1000 block of Westside Road just before 5 a.m. today, June 17.

Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says two men were seen stealing the boat, along with a jerry can of fuel, before paddling out to a house boat that police also believe is stolen.

"Officers arrived in the area as the suspected stolen house boat was traveling under the span, on the west side, of the William R. Bennett Bridge," he says in a media release. "The suspects spotted police officers as they proceeded towards Mushroom Beach, which caused them to suddenly change their direction. The suspects later beached the vessel between Kalamoir Park and Casa Loma Resort. By this time the RCMP boat had been launched into Okanagan Lake to assist."

West Kelowna and Kelowna RCMP officers arrested two men and two women. A 50-year-old Kelowna man and a 35-year-old West Kelowna man remain in police custody at this time. The 50-year-old Kelowna man was also wanted on an unrelated warrant. The women were released at the scene.

The West Kelowna RCMP continue to investigate and have yet to identify the registered owner of the house boat, O’Donaghey says. Investigators are mindful that, given the vessel's condition, it may have been a previously abandoned boat. RCMP are also investigating whether or not items located on board are stolen property.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at Crime Stoppers or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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