Kelowna, BC: RCMP continue to probe after the recovery of a possible stolen vehicle which evaded officers Sunday afternoon.
On November 27, 2016 around the 3 o’clock hour, an RCMP officer on patrol spotted and attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Ethel Street and Lawrence Avenue, due to possible mechanical defects observed. The vehicle, a green Chevrolet pickup truck, failed to stop for the officer and fled the area.
At 3:14 pm, police received a report of a motor vehicle incident in the 900 block of Fuller Avenue, involving a similar suspect vehicle which caused damage to a property and failed to remain at the scene. The property owner observed the incident and followed the suspect vehicle, as it left the scene. In doing so, the homeowner’s vehicle also sustained minor damage after the suspect vehicle allegedly collided with his vehicle while attempting to flee.
A short time later officers located the suspect vehicle abandoned in the 1600 block of Harvey Avenue. An area of containment was established and a police canine was called in to assist with a search for the suspect, with negative results.
“The investigation remains ongoing at this time, which will include a full examination of the vehicle itself for physical evidence,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “RCMP have confirmed that the licence plates attached to the vehicle had been reported stolen in late September, however investigators continue efforts to determine whether the pickup truck itself was in fact stolen.”
Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey adds that, “the RCMP do not recommend that the members of the public follow a suspect or a suspect vehicle, due to the potential dangers posed to themselves and/or the rest of the general public, when those individuals are confronted. The RCMP ask that witnesses observe, if possible record the information and immediately report the incident to police.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
RCMP File # 2016-70520