Penticton RCMP files. Western News file photo

Unwanted guest found on Osoyoos property

RCMP arrested an Oliver man on several charges

A housesitter in Osoyoos found an unwanted guest on the property that they were caretaking.

Sgt. Jason Bayda, area commander for Osoyoos RCMP, said the the housesitter called RCMP on Sunday after feeling someone was inside. When Mounties attended they found a male upstairs in the residence, known to them for property crime in the area.

“The male fled to the balcony and jumped over the railing. The attending officer pursued the male on foot and apprehended him as he attempted to flee and drive into the officer on a stolen quad,” said Bayda in a press release.

Further examination of the property revealed parts from a stolen automobile. Many valuables were also missing from the residence.

Kevin Leclerc, 49, of Oliver, has been charged with break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property.

“Although police had advocated for his detention, Leclerc was released pending trial. Leclerc is on a nightly curfew as well as a condition to not attend anywhere in Osoyoos,” said the press release.

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