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Police dog tracks down suspected Kelowna pickup thieves

Pictured in this RCMP handout photo, the recovered stolen Ford F-250 pickup truck.
Image Credit: RCMP handout
June 09, 2016 - 3:26 PM

KELOWNA - A pair of suspected pickup truck thieves are cooling their heels behind bars after being tracked down by a police dog yesterday morning.

Police says officers responded to a report of a stolen white Ford F-250 being driven erratically in the Highway 97 and McCurdy Road area around 9:05 a.m., June 8. The truck had been stolen the day before from a business in the 800-block of McCurdy Place.

Police received another report a short time later about an unsuccessful attempt to steal a Ford F-350 from the 500-block of Franklyn Road, according to an RCMP media release.

The suspects took off in the same stolen white Ford pickup police were already looking for, and in the 700-block of Stremel Road, hit a person trying to get into the truck to stop the thieves, police say, also damaging some property in the process. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries at hospital.

The suspect vehicle was then spotted on Sexsmith Road heading towards the Glenmore area and found abandoned in the 1800-block of High Road where officers set up a perimeter and called in a police dog team.

“Through a combined effort of several units and sections of the Kelowna RCMP, along with officers of the Southeast District Federal Serious and Organized Crime and the assistance of an RCMP police service dog the suspect was taken into police custody,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release.

A 24-year-old Kelowna man remains in custody facing a number of charges including theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, attempted theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, assault with a weapon, possession of break and enter tools and breach of recognizance.

A second suspect was arrested by police in connection with the attempted theft of the pickup on Franklyn Road. He remains in custody. RCMP aren’t saying what charge he faces.

Anyone who witnessed any of the incidents, and haven’t yet spoken with police, are asked to call the Kelowna RCMP detachment at 250-762-3300.

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