A robbery suspect, who lead police on an erratic chase through Sahali and Sagebrush neighbourhoods on Tuesday, is now in custody.
At about 12:18 p.m. on Tuesday, police received word that a retail store in the 500-block of Notre Dame Drive in Sahali had been robbed. A male suspect had allegedly stolen several hundred dollars worth of merchandise and fled through the store’s emergency exit and into a brown truck, which was confirmed stolen by police from the license plate.
The 500-block of Notre Dame Drive includes retail outlets such as Toys R Us, Shoe Warehouse, Bed Bath and Beyond and Carter’s children’s clothing store.
Officers patrolling the area located the vehicle and an RCMP helicopter was dispatched to help track the suspect, who proceeded to drive “erratically through the city,” Kamloops RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said in a police press release.
At one point, the truck was observed driving eastbound into oncoming traffic on Notre Dame Drive and Highway 1, eventually side-swiping another vehicle and landing in a ditch. No injuries were reported, Evelyn said.
From there, the suspect fled on foot. Police caught up to him on Robinson Crescent in the Sagebrush neighbourhood, a few kilometres away from where the robbery took place. Nearby South Kamloops secondary and Kamloops School of the Arts were contacted and placed into a hold and secure, while police tracked the suspect.
With the assistance of a police dog unit, the suspect was located in a compost bin on the 800-block of Robinson Crescent and taken into police custody. The investigation is ongoing and police have yet to comment on charge recommendations.