Suspected car thief on the loose in Kelowna

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KELOWNA – An abandoned and suspected stolen truck was found in Kelowna yesterday after the driver refused to stop for police, crashed into a yard on Fuller Avenue and fled.

RCMP attempted to stop a green Chevrolet pickup for “mechanical defects,” shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, according to an RCMP media release.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says the driver fled the area but police found out that shortly after a vehicle matching the truck’s description crashed into privately owned property in the 900 block of Fuller Avenue.

“The property owner observed the incident and followed the suspect vehicle, as it left the scene,” O’Donaghey says in the release. “In doing so, the homeowner’s vehicle also sustained minor damage after the suspect vehicle allegedly collided with his vehicle while attempting to flee.”

Police found the vehicle abandoned in the 1600 block of Harvey Avenue later that night and an area of containment was established. A police dog was unable to establish a track.

“The RCMP do not recommend that the members of the public follow a suspect or a suspect vehicle, due to the potential dangers posed to themselves and/or the rest of the general public, when those individuals are confronted,” O’Donaghey says in the release. “The RCMP ask that witnesses observe, if possible record the information and immediately report the incident to police.” 

It is not yet known if the vehicle was in fact stolen. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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