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Fraud suspect tries to escape RCMP by jumping into unmarked police cruiser in Kamloops

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April 11, 2019 - 9:22 AM

KAMLOOPS — A man who was allegedly trying to impersonate a bank client in order to transfer a large amount of money out of the client’s account led police on a foot chase before eventually jumping into an unmarked police cruiser.

Kamloops RCMP received a call from a bank on Notre Dame Drive yesterday, April 10, about a man who was impersonating one of their clients in order to commit fraud. The bank employee supplied police with a description of the man but when police arrived on scene, the suspect ran out to the bank and across the road.

“Officers followed on foot and in their police vehicles,” Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in the release. “Because the officers were in uniform and driving marked police cars, the suspect was able to quickly identify them and hide behind buildings and hedges.”

An off-duty police dog services officer was in the area with his dog when he heard on his radio other officers were trying to locate a suspect. The off-duty officer spotted the suspect and motioned the man to come over to his vehicle.

As the man was climbing into the police vehicle the officer advised him he was an officer and that he was under arrest. The 51-year-old suspect made an attempt to escape but changed his mind when the officer told him he would release his dog.

“Uniformed officers quickly arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody without incident,” Shelkie says.

The suspect is from Calgary and was previously known to police.

RCMP don't say what charges the man may be facing.

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