Police nab suspects in theft from Penticton Boys and Girls Club

Apartment residents aid police in their foot chase of the suspects

From a vehicle chase to a foot pursuit, Penticton RCMP nabbed two suspects believed to be responsible for the theft of a Boys and Girls Club van on the weekend.

A 26-year-old female from Penticton and 33-year-old Kelowna man were arrested on Wednesday and are facing a number of charges including break and enter and theft.

Responding to a commercial alarm at the club on Manitoba Street around 8 a.m. on Saturday, an RCMP member observed a light blue 2002 Ford Windstar drive away at a high rate of speed.

“The RCMP member attempted to catch up to the vehicle which drove through a parking lot and then through three stop signs,” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur. “The RCMP member terminated his attempt of catching up to and stopping the vehicle due to public safety concerns.”

It is believed access to the club was gained through a window, and three cellphones, food and four sets of keys to the vans parked outside the Boys and Girls Club were taken. A gas card was also stolen and used later that day at the Petro Can in Osoyoos then again on Sunday in Rock Creek.

On Wednesday at 5:40 p.m. RCMP received a report that a female crashed into a parked car on Lakeshore near Winnipeg Street. Residents of the nearby apartment maintained a view of the two suspects and directed  police to their whereabouts.

“RCMP chased after the two on foot and both were eventually apprehended,” said Dellebuur.

RCMP said the woman was found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine and the male has a lengthy criminal record. Both have been remanded in custody to appear in Penticton court on Friday.

Mounties said the pair are believed to be responsible for a number of recent crimes in the Okanagan.