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Merritt RCMP Cpl. Brock Hedrick has provided Q101 with details into yesterday’s (Saturday) police presence in Collettville.

“Just before 6:00 p.m the Merritt RCMP received a report from a Collettville resident of a suspicious circumstance. The complainant reported hearing a loud noise outside his residence and noted a male walking away from his vehicle,” said Hedrick. “Closer inspection revealed that the complainant’s vehicles ignition had been tampered with.  Merritt RCMP members converged on the area in an attempt to locate the suspect.”

Police noted a suspicious vehicle in the area of the initial report and the vehicle in question drove away as soon as police arrived. 

“The vehicle subsequently tried to drive around a police check point on the Voght Street Bridge.  The vehicle went up onto the sidewalk and damaged part of the bridge railing before coming to rest high centered on some posts adjacent to the bridge,” stated Hedrick.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody without further incident. 

“Approximately one hour later Merritt RCMP members took a second male into custody in relation to the incident.  Police believe the second male is responsible for the attempted theft of the complainant’s vehicle,” added Hedrick.

The suspects are from Kamloops and Kelowna and are being held in police custody to await a court appearance.  

Police will be recommending several charges against the pair.

More to come


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