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Two suspects caught in two stolen pickups twice in the same day

Penticton RCMP arrest two men alleged to have stolen two pickups in the city yesterday, Aug. 2, 2017.
August 03, 2017 - 3:51 PM

PENTICTON - Penticton RCMP were able to get their man - or men - not only once, but twice in the same day.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says two men were arrested today, Aug. 2, after police were alerted to a report of suspicious pickups on Hudson Street in Penticton.

The occupants were allegedly trying to steal a side-by-side ATV, but the vehicles fled the scene without making the theft.

Police were then alerted to a stolen Ford F350 truck, seen leaving a work site on Middle Bench Road with a cargo trailer. The vehicle fled police, losing the trailer in the process after it came loose. It struck a fence.

A spike belt was deployed on Johnson Road, which stopped the vehicle a short time later.

The occupants fled on foot but were apprehended after a short chase with a police dog in pursuit.

Two men were charged and released on a promise to appear, but within two hours of being released, were observed stealing a silver Chevrolet pickup truck from Brandon Avenue. The men were stopped a short time later on Taggert Crescent,  off Highway 3A near Twin Lakes.

Both men were arrested and charged with theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

“This was an excellent team effort by the police officers involved.” said Staff Sgt Kirsten Marshall. “It was successful because of the citizens of our community that provided us with the information needed to arrest these individuals.”

Michael Dennis Carlston and Ragan Singh Sahota have been charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000.

Carlston also faces a charge of driving while prohibited.

Both men were remanded in custody the second time around. Their next court date is slated for Aug.16.

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