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Prolific offender busted after he tried to trick Kelowna police

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A fake name wasn’t able to fool the RCMP officers who went after a prolific offender in downtown Kelowna this morning.

Community safety officers were conducting a proactive patrol during the early hours of Aug. 30 when they spotted a prolific offender, according to an RCMP press release.

The officers were aware that the man was suspected of recently breaking into several Kelowna businesses.

When confronted, the man gave a fake name.

However, the officers were very familiar with the man who is easily identifiable, according to the release.

READ MORE: Why so many prolific offenders are walking free in Kelowna

He was arrested and charged with attempted theft, theft of a security camera, two counts of break and enter, as well as various failure to comply charges.

Between the middle of 2020 and early 2021 the man committed nine break and enters in Kelowna and West Kelowna, the release says. He was sentenced in May 2021 and appears to have spent over a year in custody, according to the RCMP.

“The Kelowna RCMP dedicated many hours of investigation in order to remove this person from the streets of Kelowna and protect our community,” Sgt. Desmond Kiehlbauch said in the release.

“The Kelowna RCMP would like to see him held in custody until trial.”

READ MORE: Prolific offender arrested days after Kelowna RCMP issued public warning

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