Suspected thief makes his rounds

He’s well-known to Kamloops police and now Vernon RCMP are getting acquainted with a suspect in a stolen vehicle case.

He’s well-known to Kamloops police and now Vernon RCMP are getting acquainted with a suspect in a stolen vehicle case.

The incident started Monday at 2:25 p.m. when a citizen contacted the Vernon detachment to report he thought he saw two men attempting to break into a car in the area of 32nd Avenue and 29th Street.

“The two men were located nearby, and while the police were speaking to them they noticed one male had a number of items that appeared to have been stolen,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The 21-year-old suspect was from Kamloops, so Vernon officers contacted the Kamloops detachment and were advised this person was a suspect is several thefts in their area. He was transported back to Kamloops for their investigation.

The second man was interviewed and later released by the Vernon RCMP.

Twelve hours later, at around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Vernon officers noticed a dark-coloured pickup on 24th Avenue. When they checked the licence plate, it came back as stolen out of Kamloops on June 20.

“The officer activated his emergency equipment,” said Molendyk. “The truck attempted to take off and turn onto 43rd Street. The vehicle hit a construction fence and became high centered on a concrete block.

“The driver was apprehended and our officers learned it was the suspect they had released earlier in the evening.”

Molendyk said the 28-year-old suspect is from Kamloops and is well-known to police there.

The suspect appeared in Vernon Provincial court today and at the time of this report remains in custody.