Car thief crackdown
Kelowna Street Enforcement Units (SEU) have concluded a three week initiative targeting prolific auto theft suspects in the Kelowna Regional Detachment area. Working closely with General Duty members and for the last week with a large surveillance team from the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), eleven people were arrested and a total of 15 stolen vehicles were recovered by Kelowna RCMP and IMPACT.
On July 23, 2018 five people were arrested after investigators observed two subjects in a stolen dump truck. Tasha Dawn Smith and Daniel Frank Briggs, both 40 years of age, were later charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. Three young offenders were charged in a separate incident after surveillance was established on a vehicle that was stolen earlier in the day. The names cannot be released.
On July 25, 2018 police observed a stolen vehicle driven by 19-year-old, Lenny James Lipscombe of Kelowna. He was arrested and charged with a single count of possession of stolen property and 2 counts of breach of his Probation. Mr. Lipscombe was held in custody and faces a total of 10 charges related to this and other incidents.
Two other individuals were arrested during the initiative however charges have not yet been laid.