Police search for suspects in car-jacking

RCMP recover vehicle stolen from Penticton delivery driver

Penticton RCMP officers surround a reported stolen vehicle on Industrial Avenue early Sunday afternoon. The car was alleged to have been taken from the owner in the early-morning hours by three men

Penticton RCMP officers surround a reported stolen vehicle on Industrial Avenue early Sunday afternoon. The car was alleged to have been taken from the owner in the early-morning hours by three men

Penticton RCMP have recovered a car reportedly stolen from a delivery driver who was threatened by a male with a crowbar early Sunday morning.

The blue 1998 Chevrolet Malibu was spotted later that afternoon by a police officer on Green Mountain Road near the Channel Parkway.

The car was seen turning onto Fairview Road and backup police units were called in.

The vehicle was eventually boxed in by RCMP on Industrial Avenue and the lone male was pulled from the Malibu and arrested.

According to Sgt. Rick Dellebuur, the incident began at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when the delivery person took some cigarettes to a residence at 3333 South Main St.

When he arrived, a clean-cut Aboriginal male approached the driver and asked if he could pay with debit and when he was told no he asked to sit in the car.

Once inside he produced a folding knife and demanded the vehicle’s keys, at which time the driver exited the vehicle.

A second Aboriginal male, also believed to be in his 20s and wearing a hoody and red hat, then appeared from the bushes wielding a crowbar and proceeded to break the rear passenger window.

The attacker then started chasing the delivery person, demanding the keys which were eventually thrown back to him.

A third Aboriginal male then appeared from across the street and the three left in the car headed southbound on South Main.

According to Dellebuur, at this point it is not know if the man arrested Sunday was involved in the initial car-jacking.

At the time of his arrest the suspect also failed two roadside sobriety tests and was issued an immediate driving prohibition.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information about the matter is asked to call Penticton RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


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