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Police dog tracks suspect in Coldstream home invasion

Police dog Jagger sniffed out a suspect hiding several blocks away following a Coldstream break-in, May 26, 2022.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Vernon North Okanagan RCMP

Vernon police dog Jagger sniffed out a suspect who was hiding just blocks away from a home he had broken into early yesterday morning.

Around 2 a.m. yesterday, May 27, a Coldstream resident woke up to find a stranger in his house.

After confronting the suspect, the unknown man fled while the homeowner called police.

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According to a Vernon RCMP media release, officers "flooded" the area around the 7500 block of McClounie Road to establish a perimeter.

Police dog Jagger and his handler were at the scene, where the dog tracked the suspect to a hiding spot several blocks away.

RCMP said suspect was arrested and officers found he had "a number" of stolen items. Officers later found more stolen property while searching the area.

A 32-year-old Prince George man is facing several criminal charges and is expected to appear in court on June 2.

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"We’re currently investigating several reports of thefts and other property crime in the Coldstream area," Const. Chris Terleski of Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said in the release. "If you’ve had property stolen and have not yet reported it, call us."

Terleski said Coldstream residents between McClounie Road and Ponderosa Way should watch for any "discarded or stashed" items, like backpacks, tools, identification, cell phones and sports equipment.

"If you come across anything like this, please report it to police," he said.

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