Van stolen from Falkland stopped near Revelstoke
A phone App aided police in the recovery of a stolen mini-van near Revelstoke that had been taken just hours before from outside a Falkland area home.
On November 9, 2020 at 9:12 a.m., Revelstoke RCMP received a request to assist North Okanagan Rural RCMP who were investigating the reported theft of a Kia Sedona from the Falkland area. Utilizing a mobile phone App the vehicle’s registered owner was able to provide investigators with a real time GPS position for the stolen vehicle.
“A front line Revelstoke RCMP officer initially spotted the stolen Kia along the Trans-Canada, being driven in a dangerous manner, in the oncoming lane of the highway at a high rate of speed,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. “An attempt to initiate a traffic was made, however the vehicle failed to stop, and for public safety reasons police did not pursue and the vehicle continued eastbound.”
With the added support of a RCMP Air Services fixed wing aircraft, and updated GPS coordinates on the vehicle Revelstoke RCMP located the vehicle parked at the Giant Cedars Boardwalk National Park. RCMP blocked the entrance to the area, and the suspect fled from the vehicle into the bush on foot.
Although a police canine team responded to the area to assist in the search for a suspect. A traffic services officer located and arrested a suspect, identified as a 34-year-old Alberta man, near the highway. He now faces potential criminal charges.
If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Revelsoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.