Thieves caught after lake plunge

RCMP caught up with two wet and chilly suspects wanted in connection with a theft in Lake Country Saturday.

RCMP caught up with two wet and chilly suspects wanted in connection with a theft in Lake Country Saturday.

Just before midnight, police in Lake Country were called to a theft of a dump truck from a business in the 8900 block of Grigg Road.

Police soon located the truck as it headed to Kelowna, but the driver of the truck refused to stop.

“The vehicle was not pursued by police but drove erratically, and dangerously nonetheless, running red lights and reaching speeds of close to 120 km/hr,” said Kelowna RCMP Const. Steve Holmes.

The truck was abandoned near the bridge on Highway 97 and Abbott Street in Kelowna, and the two suspects fled on foot.

A police service dog from Vernon was utilized and the two suspects were tracked down and arrested.

“One suspect ran across Highway 97 through City Park and into Okanagan Lake up to his neck,” said Holmes. He remained in the water for about five minutes, then came out to be arrested.”

The other suspect jumped into Mill Creek, near the first beach access south of the bridge, and crouched in the water up to his neck. He was found there and arrested.

The two suspects are from Penticton (aged 46) and Mission (33).

In Lake Country, RCMP arrested two suspects Sunday in connection with some stolen aluminum.

Police received a report at 10 p.m. Sunday about aluminum that had been taken from a business on McCarthy Road, and that two men had been seen loading the metal in a 20-foot utility trailer attached to a grey SUV.

An officer spotted the vehicle on Highway 97 southbound near Duck Lake.

A police query of the licence plates confirmed that the trailer was stolen.

The vehicle, a grey GMC SUV, was stopped on the highway near Dry Valley Rd.

The occupants, two men aged 46 and 41 from Kelowna and Vinsulla (between Kamloops and Barriere), respectively, were arrested and a search of the vehicle and suspects resulted in the seizure of 28 grams of cocaine, a replica handgun as well as the aluminum in the trailer.

The two men will be facing recommended charges of possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.


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