Two arrested after crime spree through Nicola Valley

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MERRITT - A couple who allegedly went on a theft and fraud crime spree through Merritt, Logan Lake and Ashcroft have been arrested.

RCMP say just before 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, Merritt police attended a gas station for a report of a man and woman attempting to purchase items with a stolen credit card.

The couple fled in an Audi without the items they tried to purchase before police arrived, according to a RCMP media release.

At 11 a.m., Logan Lake RCMP were alerted to a similar situation that happened about two hours earlier that morning. A man and woman had again tried to purchase items with a stolen credit card and left in an Audi with almost $200 in unpaid goods and gas.

Around 6:30 p.m., officers spotted the suspect Audi on Highway 5. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, it sped away reaching speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour as it approached Hope, police say.

The next day, Nov. 19, police say a RCMP officer in Merritt spotted the suspect vehicle around 3 p.m. on Highway 8, near Highway 97. The vehicle failed to stop for police and fled through Merritt toward Kamloops.

RCMP say the Audi was spotted on Highway 97D travelling toward Logan Lake and followed by police after it left a gas station and onto Highway 97 where attempts were made again to stop it before it entered Ashcroft but the vehicle failed to stop.

Around 5:15 p.m., an officer saw the vehicle leaving Ashcroft and from a distance followed it back to Logan Lake.

"Local detachments worked co-operatively to contain the Audi and to mitigate the risk to the public," according to the release. "Once in position to do so, the officer conducted a vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of a 29-year old female and a 28-year-old male, both of Chilliwack."

Police say the woman has been released from custody, and is expected to appear in court in March next year, while the man remains in custody. Both are facing a variety of traffic and criminal offences.

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