Salmon Arm security guard assaulted while intervening fuel theft

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SALMON ARM - Police are seeking information on a suspect that fled a construction site after assaulting a security guard.

The guard was conducting roving patrols in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, according to an RCMP media release. While checking a construction site she located a pick-up truck that did not belong there. The pick-up was dark-coloured and had a tidy tank and some jerry cans in a wire frame in the box of the truck.

As she drove up to the site a person, believed to be a man, wearing a balaclava approached the clearly marked security vehicle.

The suspect said a few words then activated a handheld electrical device, believed to be a Taser, and also sprayed the security guard with bear spray. The guard was able to drive a short distance and call 911. The dark-coloured pick-up fled the area.

The security guard was taken to hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police say when officers investigated the scene they found clear indications the suspect was there to siphon diesel fuel from the equipment on site.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can call the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250 832 6044 or can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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