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Kelowna thief nabbed by RCMP twice in one week

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October 25, 2018 - 11:20 AM

KELOWNA - A Kelowna man accused of a brazen daytime residential break and enter last week, has been nabbed by police once again and accused of committing additional property crimes in the Central Okanagan.

It all started on Oct. 17 when police received a report of a residential alarm at a home located along Hollywood Road South where a property representative discovered a break and enter had been committed, according to an RCMP media release.

A review of the home's video surveillance footage provided investigators with images of both their break and enter suspect, and a vehicle they believed to be associated to that suspect, police say. Those images were disseminated to the local media then, with the assistance of the general public, an arrest was made within hours.

The suspect was held in police custody overnight and charged with several offences including break and enter, possession of break-in instruments and disguising his face. Neil Lingor, 32, of Kelowna was released from custody on Oct. 18 on conditions imposed by the courts, RCMP say.

Then on Tuesday, Oct. 23, West Kelowna RCMP were contacted by the owner of a Honda generator who had reported it stolen to Upper Fraser Valley RCMP. The owner had tracked his allegedly stolen generator to the Central Okanagan after he spotted for sale online.

Police set up a sting operation and met the suspect at a pre-arranged meeting place along Main Street in West Kelowna and made an arrest.

Lingor now faces additional criminal charges and has been released from custody by the courts. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 19.

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