Traffic stop yields robbery suspect accused in strings of Okanagan theft cases

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Two men from the Lower Mainland are in custody facing a long list of charges after a week-long crime spree in the Central Okanagan earlier this month.

The pair were apparently robbing cars, picking up access passes for multiple-unit buildings and then breaking into storage units, even stealing identification to fuel their agenda.

They were caught in a random traffic stop on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 9, after an RCMP member noticed a driver make an illegal pass on Enterprise Way near Baron Road.

"The driver provided a false name and was found to be in possession of stolen property, including the Nissan Xterra which had apparently been purchased using another person's identification that was found in his pocket," said Cnst. Kris Clark, Kelowna RCMP.

The man was identified as Cody Parent, 21, and arrested for obstruction and possession of stolen property.

Parent was a suspect in a number of other break-and-enter cases and several other charges, including some from Enderby and Vernon, were added to the list. And the investigation is still underway.

Parent remains in custody and is currently charged with 14 counts including possession of stolen property, fail to comply with probation, obstruction, fraud over $5,000, impersonating someone else, break and enter with intent, theft over $5,000, theft under $5,000 and mischief. He is scheduled to appear on court today.

Parent and a 31 year old man from Lions Bay face more charges in connection with nearly twenty different investigations in the Kelowna area.

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