KELOWNA, BC: Lake Country RCMP has one male in custody and another still outstanding after the 2 suspects were observed breaking into a local coffee shop at Oceola Rd in Lake Country BC…
On February 26th, 2018 at approximately 3:00 AM, Lake Country RCMP received a report of a Break and Enter in progress at a local coffee shop in the 11000 block of Oceola Rd off Highway 97 in Lake Country, BC.
The store was equipped with a live monitoring security system and the security alarm company was able to relay the suspects movements to 911 operators as they watched the men on surveillance camera.
Police were given a description of the suspects as one gained entry into the business and the other was standing watch outside the building.
Lake Country members arrived on scene to find a Blue Dodge van parked near by. Upon approaching the van, a male driver placed the van into reverse and sped out of the parking lot. The officer was unable to stop the van due to its high rate of speed and dangerous driving.
Police confirmed the business was empty and the suspects had since fled the scene. A Kelowna Service Dog (PSD) team was called to the location and Police Service Dog ‘ICE’ was able to locate a track.
‘ICE’ led officers across Highway 97 eastbound onto Woodsdale Rd behind a Gas Station. While tracking the first suspect, Police came across the Blue Dodge Van which had crashed into a parked boat and trailer in the area.
The driver of the van fled but ‘ICE’ located his track and led officers to a building on Pretty Road, a few blocks away from the abandoned Van.
‘ICE’ followed the scent and located the male along the fence line of the building. He was apprehended by the Police Service Dog and taken into police custody.
A 52 year-old man from Calgary is awaiting court and facing charges of Break and Enter and Fail to Stop for Police.
Police are still looking for the second male suspect who has not been located or identified.
Written and released by Lake Country RCMP with edits by PJXM News.