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Charges laid in Kelowna car dealership break-ins

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January 17, 2020 - 2:06 PM

A Kelowna area man is facing nine criminal charges in connection to a series of break-ins at car dealerships.

RCMP announced earlier that three people had been arrested after a series of car dealership break-ins this month where keys were stolen, along with cars and other materials.

Details of 33-year-old Thomas Aaron Udell’s actions and charges were released by RCMP today, Jan. 17, but there were no details concerning the other two suspects in the case.

On Jan. 8, Kelowna RCMP responded to a call of a break-in at a dealership on Enterprise Way. The suspect was gone but video surveillance showed a man taking numerous sets of keys, trying them in different vehicles then driving off in a new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT worth more than $84,000.

The next evening, the stolen Jeep was spotted at a local hotel but it drove off after colliding with a police vehicle. Later the man and a woman were arrested at the hotel where keys from other dealerships were found.

Just before 3 p.m. on Jan. 15, the stolen jeep was found abandoned in a parking lot on Hardy Street.

A man tried to flee on foot but was arrested without incident after a short chase. Evidence was found about other commercial break and enter investigations in Kelowna.

Udell’s charges include possession of stolen property, flight from police, assault of a peace officer with a weapon, break and enter and possession of a controlled substance.

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