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Car burns twice in Kelowna, one month after latest car bombing
Police are investigating after the same white Nissan Rogue caught fire in the middle of the night, two nights in a row over the weekend.
Parked in the 3000-block of De Montreiul Court, directly across from Okanagan College, the car was said to be on fire Saturday morning at 1:46 a.m. and Sunday morning at 2:35 a.m., the second time with the car fully engulfed in flames.
Whether or not this is connected to two car bombing incidents this year—one in the 1300-block of Rutland Road in late August, the other downtown near Christopher's Restaurant in January—police could not say Monday afternoon.
"It's just in the preliminary stages (of investigation)," said Srgt. Wade Seversen, Kelowna RCMP.
The bombing in Rutland was a targeted explosion and the 22-year-old owner of the Chevy Silverado truck involved is not cooperating with police, RCMP spokesman Kris Clark told media after a statement on that incident was released last week.
"A considerable amount of planning and forethought seems to have been used as the device was placed inside the cab of the truck while it was locked and parked in front of the owner's residence," said Clark.
The first car bomb went off in downtown Kelowna in January destroying a Ford Explorer reportedly owned by Dave Habib whose brother, Dale, is linked to the defunct Hells Angels Chapter the Kingpin Crew.
The investigation into De Montreiul Court fires is ongoing. Anyone with information or tips is asked to call Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.