Truck thief runs out of gas in North Okanagan

Pickup stolen from Coldstream, found not far away

A truck thief was running low on fuel when he was arrested by frontline officers early Friday morning.

The incident began at 3 a.m. on May 22 when a diesel pick-up truck was stolen from a Coldstream home. The sound of the truck starting alerted the sleeping homeowner who contacted police. Frontline officers from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP immediately attended to the area; however were unsuccessful in stopping the truck that fled on Highway 6. The truck’s owner advised police the vehicle had very little fuel and probably wouldn’t make it too far before running out of gas. Police conducted numerous patrols but were unable to locate the vehicle.

The truck owner decided to drive up King Edward Forest Service Road at 10:30 a.m. to see if the vehicle had been abandoned and saw the truck parked on the side of the road with a man sitting in the driver’s seat. As to not alert the suspect, the truck owner repositioned to a safe distance and contacted police.

“With the assistance of our Police Dog Services, frontline officers surrounded the vehicle,” said Cpl. Tania Finn, media relations officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. “One man was taken into custody without incident.”

A 40-year-old man from Nakusp is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments. He appeared before a justice and was released from custody on 11 conditions pending his next court date.’

READ MORE: Two sent to hospital by air ambulance following Enderby highway accident

READ MORE: Police watchdog investigating Vernon arrest


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

RCMPtheft

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

Just Posted

COVID-19 cases identified in Kelowna, after public gatherings

Those who were downtown or at the waterfront from June 25 to July 6 maybe have been exposed to COVID-19.

COVID-19: Vernon Towne Cinema back in action!

Movie lovers rejoice, the historic theatre has reopened with safety protocols in place

Vernon shutterbugs capture rainbow

A rain event July 9 made way for a glorious sight

Fundraiser kicks off for Lake Country families displaced by house fire

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise $5K for those who lost everything in early morning blaze

Liberals push NDP for fall school reopening plan

Local Liberal MLA says NDP government committed to plan being unveiled before Aug. 4

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read