Kamloops break-in suspect arrested after trying to escape in Thompson River

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KAMLOOPS - A man is facing charges after allegedly breaking into a Kamloops home and trying to evade police by swimming in the Thompson River.

Kamloops RCMP says in a news release that officers received a call at 6 a.m. today, June 21, for a break and enter in progress from a home in the G&M Trailer Park.

People inside the home could hear someone inside. Officers attended but the suspect had already left the residence.

RCMP says police dog services were able to track the suspect to the river, where he was seen getting into the Thompson River.

Kamloops Fire and Rescue attended in their boat.

The man swam across the river and clung to an old dock pillar until RCMP officers convinced him to come to shore. The 23-year-old was arrested and taken to Royal Inland Hospital to be treated for hypothermia, after being in the river for about 30 minutes.

RCMP says the man has recently moved to B.C. and has several outstanding warrants out of Alberta and Manitoba for possession of stolen property, break and enter, and firearm offences.

He'll be going before a judge to face new charges of break and enter, and obstructing a police officer.


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