Cops catch break in copper case

Police say their efforts to crack down on copper thieves has resulted in the arrest of two people early Thursday morning.

Police say their efforts to crack down on copper thieves has resulted in the arrest of two people early Thursday morning.

Members of Kelowna RCMP’s property crime section were conducting surveillance because of a rash of copper wire thefts when they spotted two people as they allegedly committed an early morning break and enter.

“At around 3:30 a.m., police observed the two suspects cut through a fence and into the Kelowna Share Society (Thrift Store) compound on Gaston Avenue,” said Sgt. Ann Morrison.

“They removed a carpet cleaner and a space heater, loaded it into a pickup truck and left the scene.”

Police say the duo were arrested a short distance away and alleged they found the stolen property and bolt cutters in the truck.

Both people arrested—a man and a woman—are from Kelowna.

And while police cannot confirm the duo were out to steal copper wire that night, they say the woman they arrested is facing a proposed charge of possession of stolen property related to a January incident in Lake Country where she was alleged to have been caught with copper wire.

“We hope that we’ve at least disrupted the copper wire theft,” said Morrison.

Police are proposing the duo be charged with break and enter, possession of break and enter tools and mischief, related to the damage to the fence.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other is encourage to call Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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