Spike belt halts stolen Spallumcheen truck

A spike belt was required to bring a stolen truck under control.

Police received a report at 10:15 p.m. Sunday that a 1995 Dodge pickup had been stolen from a residence in the 2400 block of Otter Lake Road in Spallumcheen.

Shortly after that, it was spotted by the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club on Highway 97 and heading towards Vernon.

A spike belt was laid out across the highway at the weigh scales at Swan Lake.

“They disabled the truck there,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesman, of the police officers.

Two suspects fled the vehicle and ran into a nearby parking lot, but the 39-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman were found and arrested.

“Both suspects are well known to police,” said Molendyk.

They are facing charges of theft and possession of stolen equipment, and they were scheduled to appear in court Monday.

RCMP are still trying to solve one aspect of the investigation.

As the Dodge pickup was leaving the Otter Lake Road residence, the property owner observed a sports utility vehicle departing the scene.

 

“Whether the suspects were dropped off by the SUV, we’re not sure.  We haven’t been able to locate the SUV,” said Molendyk.