Stolen vehicles found on Spallumcheen property

RCMP officers have broken up what they believe is an alleged chop-shop.

On Feb. 17, a property in the 2200 block of Highway 97 in Spallumcheen was searched and 10 vehicles and a travel-trailer were located.

“Seven of them were reported stolen in 2014 within the North Okanagan area,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“This would be classified as a chop-shop. Some of the vehicles were in the process of being dismantled.”

The items found included six F350 pickups from 2003 to 2009, one 2006 Dodge truck, two quads, one Razor ATV and a 24-foot travel-trailer.

No one was on the property at the time and the investigation continues to determine if all of the vehicles were stolen.

“No arrests have been made at this time,” said Molendyk, adding that officers are being assisted by ICBC specialists.

It’s unlikely vehicles will be returned to their original owners.

“Some (insurance claims) have already been paid out by ICBC so they become the property of ICBC,” said Molendyk.



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