Kamloops thief caught in the act

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By Jessica Wallace

A Kamloops man faces multiple charges after being caught in the act while breaking into a vehicle last night.

The 20-year-old man faces charges of theft and mischief to private property after a man observed him breaking into a Ford F-150 pickup truck parked in a residential driveway in the 400 block of McGowan Avenue.

RCMP received reports around 8 p.m. Tuesday night after an occupant of the home heard the vehicle's alarm. The occupant witnessed the suspect going through the vehicle.

"The occupant went outside and confronted the man," said RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.

The suspect fled the scene after both the owner of the vehicle, who lived in the basement of the residence, and a nearby neighbour who also witnessed the incident and recognized the suspect also came outside.

The first RCMP patrol vehicle to arrive on scene arrested the man within a block of the residence.

A search of the man revealed property from the vehicle which he allegedly had broken into.

Damage to the truck included the frame and trim of the driver's side window from being pried open, and damage to the trailer brake assembly line and gear shift as well as stereo faceplate which had been removed.

"The total damage was estimated at $1,100," said RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said.

The suspect is expected to appear in court today in relation to the property theft and vehicle damage.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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