Revelstoke was the end of the line for a Barriere man on a bit of a crime spree.
On Wednesday, Dec. 3, at about 6:45 p.m., a white 1984 pickup truck was stolen from a Sicamous residence.
The truck was pulled over in an RCMP traffic stop later that day on the Trans-Canada Highway, west of Crazy Creek. The sole occupant, a 21-year-old man from Barriere, was arrested without incident on two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000.
Upon further investigation, reports Revelstoke RCMP Cpl. Thomas Blakeny, it was learned the suspect had been “car prowling” (searching vehicles for valuables) earlier that day in Salmon Arm. The driver was eventually released with four more criminal-code charges including two counts of theft under $5,000, and two counts of failing to comply with his probation order, as well as violation tickets for driving while prohibited, possession of open liquor and driving contrary to restrictions.
“The RCMP cannot stress enough the importance of locking your motor vehicle and securing your valuables, especially this time of year as the cold weather can lead to crime of opportunity,” said Blakeny.
The driver is scheduled to appear in Revelstoke provincial court on March 4, 2015.