Suspect in stolen powerboat found doing circles off public Shuswap beach

33-year-old Penticton man faces charges after being tracked down by friend of boat owner

The theft of an expensive powerboat from a Sicamous dock was thwarted when a friend of its rightful owner spotted the thief boating in circles just off shore.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8, Sicamous RCMP received a report of a theft in progress at a public wharf in the Sicamous channel. The caller told police that a man had boarded his 24-foot power boat, which had been left with the keys in the ignition, and took it out onto Shuswap Lake.

Read More: Police find drugs, 20 people at Okanagan problem premise

Read More: Vavenby closure will help Adams Lake mill in Shuswap stay alive

The boat owner also called a friend who was on the lake in his own boat. The owner’s friend tracked down the stolen vessel which was being driven in circles just off the beach in Sicamous. The friend then flagged down the man at the controls of the stolen boat and convinced him to return to the dock where he was arrested by waiting RCMP officers.

The stolen vessel, valued at more than $80,000, was undamaged.

The 33-year-old Penticton resident who took the boat was held in jail overnight and released the following day on a promise to face a charge of theft over $5,000 at an Aug. 13 first court appearance in Salmon Arm.

Read More: Salmon Arm politicians urged to declare climate emergency, create action plan

Read More: Two more downtown Salmon Arm cannabis stores approved

“This theft serves as a reminder to boat owners to ensure their vessels are secured,with the keys removed when docked as a means of preventing similar crimes,” said Sgt Murray McNeil of the Sicamous RCMP.


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon prays for women of Zimbabwe

World Day of Prayer celebrated in 2,000 Canadian communities, one of 170 countries

Local vocal talents sought for Okanagan stage

Okangan Singer-Songwriter Competition auditions underway

City Hall facelift moves services in Vernon

Cash station closed as renovations make way for new cemetery inquiries office

Japanese auxiliary celebrates 25 years of giving to Vernon hospital

Vernon Japanese Women’s Auxiliary has donated more than $10,000 to the hospital foundation to date

Project on track to fix pooling water issue plaguing Vernon

Final phase of construction on 48th Avenue

Mitchell’s Musings: Karma is king

One good turn leads to another and another…

Developer of RV resort west of Revelstoke ordered to stop selling lots

The Superintendent of Real Estate has serious concerns that buyers may not receive their purchase

Police dog located accused murderer in dumpster near West Kelowna crime scene

Tejwant Danjou’s application to have his impromptu guilty plea removed was accepted by the court

Police dog located accused murderer in dumpster near West Kelowna crime scene

Tejwant Danjou’s application to have his impromptu guilty plea removed was accepted by the court

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

Trans Canada east of Revelstoke to be closed overnight

The highway will reopen at 10 a.m. Feb. 29

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Most Read