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Stolen vehicle involved in multiple Penticton hit-and-runs

RCMP are looking for any witnesses from Saturday’s events
RCMP are looking for witnesses after a truck was stolen and used in several hit-and-runs in Penticton on June 24. (Western News file photo)

Police are looking for witnesses after a truck was stolen from a Penticton garage and used in multiple hit-and-runs.

“This was a blatant disregard for the safety of motorists and pedestrians,” said Cpl. James Grandy. “It is fortunate no one was injured. To prevent this kind of dangerous activity, we’re making every effort to identify the suspect.”

RCMP received a report that a white Ford Escape had been stolen from an open garage in the 1000 block of Argyle Street at about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 24.

Just 15 minutes later, while officers were investigating the theft, a report came in that a Ford Escape was observed driving erratically near Main Street and Eckhardt Avenue. A witness said the vehicle almost struck her vehicle and approached the curb, nearly hitting a pedestrian.

Another call came in approximately five minutes later of the same vehicle speeding along Edmonton Avenue. The Ford had also driven onto someone’s property, colliding with a parked, unoccupied vehicle, before turning onto Government Street. The stolen Escape came to a stop in the 1000 block of Government Street, with a male driver fleeing on foot.

Officers, along with Police Dog Services, attended the area, but the suspect wasn’t located.

Police are asking for anyone who witnessed any part of this incident to call them, 250-492-4300.

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