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Victim confronts Shuswap diesel fuel thief caught on surveillance video

May 16, 2017 - 3:13 PM

SICAMOUS - A Shuswap man tried to catch a suspect caught on a surveillence system stealing diesel fuel from a logging site near Sicamous last week.

RCMP say the man spotted the thief on his surveillence system the evening of May 10 and drove to the logging site to confront the suspect.

"When the man arrived, the suspect got into a pickup truck and sideswiped the complainant’s truck causing heavy damage to both vehicles in his attempt to escape," Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in an RCMP media release. "The victim then followed the fleeing suspect vehicle onto Hwy 97A and then onto a Forest Service Road while calling 911 to report the incident."

He lost sight of the suspect.

Officers found an abandoned blue Ford F250 with damage on the driver’s side, matching the description of the vehicle the suspect was driving. The truck was found to have been reported stolen from Salmon Arm on April 24.

"Police reminded the man that attempting to confront someone who is committing a crime in progress without the police present, especially alone in a remote area is dangerous," Moskaluk says. "The man, who was uninjured by the collision with the suspect's truck, agreed."

He says investigators are trying to identify the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.

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