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Warming up his truck could have been costly for West Kelowna man

January 28, 2019 - 3:00 PM

KELOWNA - Leaving an idling truck unattended almost cost a West Kelowna man his vehicle when a woman hopped in and tried to drive away.

The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. today, Jan. 28, in the 2400 block of Butt Road in West Kelowna, according to an RCMP media release.

The woman is alleged to have jumped into the GMC 1500 pickup truck and tried to back out of the driveway but spun out on ice. The man who owned the truck was able to grab the woman and wrestled with her until police arrived.

"Although the RCMP commend the man for apprehending the woman, police would like to caution the public from placing themselves at unnecessary risk,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey stated in the release. “In this particular case, the suspect had a number of items in her possession that could have caused serious harm, or had life-altering implications.”

The woman had used needles, a pocket knife, BB gun pellets, compressed air cartridges and someone else’s identification. She was prohibited from driving and had a number of other restrictions on her activities.

Police also seized a nearby bicycle that had been stolen a number of years ago from Kelowna.

"It is fortunate that the vehicle owner didn't sustain any injuries during his interaction with the suspect, who allegedly made attempts to strike him in order to escape," O’Donaghey said. "We recommend that owners remain with their vehicle while it's warming up, or ensure that a proper immobilizer or anti-theft device is installed.”

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