Stolen-vehicle spree leads to raft of charges against trio

Three vehicles stolen from the Armstrong area in April have led to a variety of charges against two area men and a teenager.

Police report the three vehicles were stolen between April 2 and 8. One of the vehicles was burned on Salmon River Road, one vehicle had its battery and fuel removed, and the third had its fuel stolen and some property was damaged in the vehicle.

“It took awhile to report on this as our officer had to continue to work on these files and follow up, and they were finally able to identify suspects and get enough evidence to lay charges,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The three suspects are all from Armstrong.

A 22-year-old man is facing a total of 15 counts, including five counts of theft under $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, mischief under $5,000, arson, damage to property, two counts of theft over $5,000 and four counts of trespassing.

A 20-year-old man is charged with arson, theft over $5,000 and damage to property.

The third suspect, 17, is charged with theft over $5,000 and theft under $5,000.

The trio was released from custody and all three are expected to appear in Vernon Provincial Court next month on their charges.