An alert North Okanagan police officer helped recover some stolen snowmobiles out of Kelowna.
It was 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday when the officer from the rural unit was patrolling Highway 97 in the Westwold area when he noticed a Chevy pickup with B.C. plates pulling an enclosed trailer.
The vehicle pulled over to the side of the road to let the officer pass. While doing so, the officer made a quick check of the plates on the vehicle and trailer, and learned that the registered owner of the trucks and trailer were different.
“The officer activated his police lights to check the driver and the vehicle did immediately pull over,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
The vehicle then abruptly turned left onto a service road. When the officer pulled up to the truck he noticed the driver had fled on foot.
Two men, 26 and 22, and a woman, 28, all from Kelowna, were still in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle fled on foot towards a nearby feed lot.
“The police dog service unit was called in and a 22-year-old male suspect was located,” said Molendyk.
Officers contacted the registered owner of the trailer from Kelowna, and confirmed the trailer was stolen.
“He did not know it was gone until he was called, and inside were two snowmobiles as well,” said Molendyk.
The four suspects were arrested for possession of stolen property.
The three suspects in the vehicle have all since been released on a promise to appear for a court date in January.
The driver remains in police custody as he claims to have no fixed address and also has outstanding warrants out of Kelowna.