Arrests in Weekend Chase

Two people are facing numerous charges after failing to stop for police over the weekend.   Vernon RCMP say on Sunday they received a report that two suspects were allegedly attempting to purchase items from The Hudson Bay Company and Best Buy using fraudulent credit cards. A man and woman allegedly entered both stores, provided false names and credit cards and purchased a large amount of electronics and house hold items. 

Best Buy employees advised police upon the suspect’s return to pick up their purchased items, when they showed up in a U-Haul cube van. The RCMP located the male suspect just outside the entrance sitting in the U-Haul van. When the police activated their emergency equipment and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, the vehicle fled and as a result hit two police vehicles and a un- occupied vehicle in the parking lot. The suspect female was apprehended without incident on scene. 

“The U-Haul van sped away from the scene at high rates of speed, with numerous reports flooding in from the public that a van was driving dangerously throughout the immediate area” says Cst. Kelly Brett. “Fortunately no RCMP officers or members of the public were injured during this incident”. 

Efforts to safely stop the vehicle were successful when police deployed a spike belt and the man was taken into custody without further incident near Ellison Provincial Park on Eastside Road. 

Through further investigation, RCMP have learned that the two suspects, may have been involved with numerous theft from motor vehicles that were reported over the weekend. 

“The investigation is still ongoing at this time and formal charges are expected to be laid within the next three days”, says Cst. Brett. “It was the quick thinking of the stores employee’s in recognizing that something was suspicious about the two suspects and the information they provided. This led Police to be able to respond immediately and ultimately apprehend the two suspects.” 

The man and woman, both of the Lower Mainland, are currently in custody and facing numerous charges related to dangerous driving, fraud and possession of stolen property.