Prolific offender arrested in attempted thefts from cars
A 27-year-old prolific offender known for drug and property offences, including theft from vehicles, found himself behind bars again as the week began.
He was set to appear in court on Monday, Aug. 27, facing charges of theft and possession of stolen property.
His name cannot be published until charges are formally sworn.
Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Grant Learned said Mounties are recommending he remain in custody due to his history of failing to attend court and comply with probation and court orders.
Police were alerted to the break-ins just after 3 a.m. on Monday by a witness who saw a man trying to break into parked cars at the Accent Inn near Columbia Street and Notre Dame Drive.
Learned said the witness yelled at the prowler, who ran and got into a cab.
A motel security officer was called and followed the cab to the Ramada Inn on West Columbia Street, where the suspect was seen walking into the covered parking lot.
Shortly thereafter, police found a man known for property and drug offences walking on Pemberton Terrance.
His clothing matched the description from the witness.
They arrested and searched the man.
The backpack he was carrying contained items including a GPS system, sunglasses, car cellphone chargers, a screwdriver, a guitar amp and various vehicle accessories.
Learned said investigators searched vehicles in the lots where the suspect had been spotted and have linked at least one car owner to the stolen property.
He said police anticipate more victims will surface.