Thief takes a taxi to work

Stolen property recovered from back seat of cab after passenger stiffs cabbie in Lake Country.

An Oliver man is facing a number of criminal charges after refusing to pay his taxi cab fare in Lake Country.

On January 15, at 8:54 a.m., the Lake Country RCMP received a report of an unpaid taxi cab fare.

The suspect was reportedly picked up in the Lake Country area, driven to a destination in Vernon and returned back to Lake Country where he fled the cab, refusing to pay the sizable fare.

The suspect male left both personal items and suspected stolen property behind in the taxi cab which was turned over to police to investigate.

The suspect male later attended the Lake Country RCMP Detachment, in another taxi cab, in possession of additional suspected stolen property, at which point he was taken into police custody without incident.

The 29-year-old man faces possible criminal charges of fraud, obstructing a peace officer and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

He was later released from police custody on apromise to appear in court on April 7.