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Kelowna man caught after lengthy crime spree

February 26, 2020 - 12:32 PM

A Kelowna man has been arrested and faces a series charges for appears to be a very busy crime spree.

Shawn Bell, 33, has been charged with break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, obstruct a peace officer, mischief, possession of stolen property under $5,000, disguise with intent, and possession of break and enter tools.

His alleged crime spree started Feb. 19, just after 10 p.m. when a resident of the 2400-block of Pandosy Street in Kelowna reported that he interrupted a man breaking into his studio behind his residence, Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in a press release.

He then allegedly fled the area in a stolen grey Chevrolet Tahoe.

"The victim reported that several paintings and personal items were stolen in the break and enter," she said.

Then, Feb. 20, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Kelowna RCMP were notified that someone was breaking into vehicles in the 1700-block of Chapman Place.

"Frontline officers flooded the area but the suspect fled in the same stolen Tahoe," Noseworthy said.

Just after 6 that same morning, West Kelowna RCMP responded to a residential break and enter in the 1100-block of Lynden Road.

"An unknown person had entered the residence and stolen numerous items including a laptop, jewelry, personal items, and a Ford F150," she said.

At 9:30 a.m., a resident in the 500-block of Broadway Ave in Kelowna returned home to find two people in her backyard. They fled in a blue Ford F150. The resident advised they had broken into her shed and stole three bikes and some tools.

Just after 3 p.m., an alert security guard at Orchard Park Mall observed a suspicious looking man parked in a blue F150 in the parking lot.

Frontline officers and members of the Kelowna RCMP Target Team immediately flooded the area and were able to take the man into custody.

Property and evidence gathered both at the scene of the arrest, and the scenes of the crimes, tied the arrested man to these offences.

Anyone with any information about this crime can contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at

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