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Teenaged Kelowna car thief nabbed by police dog

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March 09, 2017 - 3:00 PM

KELOWNA - A wanted Kelowna teenager was arrested after stealing a car and leading police on a wild chase yesterday.

It took several officers, an RCMP helicopter and a police dog to arrest the teen who took off in a late model grey Ford Crown Victoria that was left idling in the owner's driveway, police say.

At around 9:26 a.m., yesterday, March 8, officers were called to a report of a stolen car in the 200 block of Ponto Road, according to an RCMP media release. The suspect allegedly stole the car while the owner went inside for a moment.

RCMP say officers arrived on scene and witnessed the stolen car break a traffic law and speed away dangerously. The officers decided a chase would put the public at risk, so they did not pursue.

A plainclothes officer in an unmarked police car spotted the suspect vehicle on Highway 97 south of the Kelowna Airport and followed at a safe distance, RCMP say. The car was abandoned in a residential area near Ellison Lake.

“Const. Brinnen and his four-legged partner Fitz conducted a track for their suspect who was found hiding inside a plastic storage bin,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “Police identified their auto theft suspect and determined that he was wanted on unrelated outstanding warrants for his arrest.”

The teen was expected to appear in court today, March 9, on several charges.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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