Car-jacking in Penticton...two in custody
Officers in Penticton responded to a report of a car-jacking, in which the suspect took off with the victim’s vehicle. Two suspects were later arrested.
On June 20th, 2019, at 09:00 a.m., a female called 911 to report her vehicle was stolen by a man who threatened her with bear spray. The victim was parking her vehicle in a parking lot on Westminster Ave W.
Officers were provided with detailed information about the victim’s vehicle. A Police Service Dog Officer spotted the victim’s vehicle being driven into Okanagan Falls, BC. Numerous Officer’s responded to the area, including the RCMP helicopter, Traffic Services, General Duty.
The suspects ditched the victim’s vehicle after seeing a large Police presence. A General Duty Officer spotted one of the suspects running down a steep hill near Highway 97 and Main St, and was able to capture him.
With help from the general public, the other suspect was later captured on Cedar Street, without incident.
“Crimes such as this are not typical in Penticton, and are taken very seriously. Our Officers, while working as a cohesive team, were able to quickly and safely capture those responsible.” says Cst. James Grandy.