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West Kelowna RCMP looking for men connected to stolen vehicle dumped in backcountry

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July 07, 2020 - 1:42 PM

RCMP deployed helicopters and police dog services to find two men believed to be connected to a West Kelowna vehicle theft, but the duo evaded arrest.

RCMP received a report shortly after 2 p.m. July 5, of a theft of a pickup truck taken from a residence along Smith Creek Road in West Kelowna. Investigators were told that the grey 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck was taken sometime overnight, Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in press release.

The stolen vehicle was spotted and reported several times throughout the afternoon of July 6, allegedly being driven in an erratic manner in the Central Okanagan.

Due to the dangerous behaviour of the auto theft suspect, RCMP requested the assistance of Air Services in an effort to locate the stolen vehicle from above.

“Shortly after 6 p.m., the stolen pickup truck was located off the side of the Bear Lake Forest Service Road, with the assistance of the RCMP helicopter pilot,” Noseworthy, spokesperson for the West Kelowna RCMP, said in the release.

“Two male occupants were seen inside the pickup truck, but allegedly fled on foot prior to the arrival of front line officers into the backcountry.”

Two police canine teams also attended the area to search from the ground, however, the suspects were not located.

The investigation is active and ongoing at this time. Anyone with any information about this crime can contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net.

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