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Kelowna Mounties arrest man and woman connected to vehicle thefts

May 16, 2021 - 10:06 AM

Mounties arrested a woman and a man known to Kelowna police after a co-ordinated response to locate two stolen vehicles.

The Kelowna RCMP Target Team observed on May 14 a grey Chevrolet Suburban parked in the Rutland area.

RCMP said the vehicle had been stolen overnight during a residential break and enter where a grey Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was also stolen. Investigators followed the vehicle to the area of Postill Lake Forest Service Road while co-ordinating a response to safely stop the vehicle with the assistance of RCMP Air Services, Police Dog Services in partnership with uniformed and plainclothes officers of the Kelowna RCMP

“The vehicle attempted to evade police and investigators deployed a tire deflation device,”  Const. Solana Paré, Media Relations Officer with the Kelowna Regional Detachment, said in a press release. “As the vehicle continued to flee, the driver allegedly attempted to drive into a plainclothes officer at the scene, who was able to move out of the way to safety.”

The vehicle continued for a short time until it was rendered inoperable and RCMP said that's when the male driver fled on a bicycle while the female passenger fled on foot.

"The man was arrested by police after briefly fleeing on the bicycle and was uncooperative with the officer, actively resisting arrest.  In order to take the man into custody, assistance was required from several backup officers. The female passenger was located and taken into custody with the assistance of Police Dog Services," Const. Paré said.

The bicycle the man was riding was also determined to have been stolen on May 11 in Kelowna. Later that evening, investigators from the Kelowna RCMP Target Team recovered the outstanding stolen Chevrolet Silverado at another residential address.

A 33-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman both from Kelowna were held in police custody on numerous pending charges. The investigation remains ongoing.


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