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Kelowna RCMP battle winter to find suspects in stolen vehicle investigation

November 10, 2020 - 12:16 PM

The Kelowna RCMP arrested two suspects in relation to a stolen vehicle incident after they allegedly tracked them for hours through the woods in dark winter conditions.

On Nov. 7, police received a report that a white 2004 F350 had been stolen overnight in the Kelowna area. Officers found the vehicle two days later, on Nov. 9, driving around in Rutland at roughly 1 p.m.

An RCMP helicopter tracked the truck as it drove to a forest service road in Myra Canyon. It was then abandoned and a man and woman fled into the woods on foot, according to the RCMP in a news release.

“Front line officers, who grew increasingly concerned for the couple's well-being, launched a ground search of the back country for the man and woman who did not appear to be prepared for the adverse weather conditions, with darkness setting in,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, spokeswoman for the Kelowna RCMP, in the news release. “That search intensified with the added assistance from Kelowna RCMP Police Dog Services and RCMP Air Services from the Kelowna airport.”

The RCMP located the suspects at around 9 p.m. and took them into custody. The two were uninjured.

A 26-year-old Kelowna woman has been released from custody and is set to appear in court at a future date, while a 36-year-old man will appear before court today, Nov. 10, according to the RCMP.

The matter has been referred to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charge approval, according to the RCMP.


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