Public tips help solve two cases

Police said Tuesday that the public were instrumental in both helping to solve a recent case of road rage and also pointing officers to a woman who was allegedly using stolen credit cards.

Police said Tuesday that the public were instrumental in both helping to solve a recent case of road rage and also pointing officers to a woman who was allegedly using stolen credit cards.

On March 18, a man smashed out a vehicle’s window and slashed a driver during what police are calling a case of road rage.

After a description of the suspect and his vehicle were publicized, Crime Stoppers received tips that culminated in the identification and apprehension of the suspect, said Const. Steve Holmes. The man is now facing a charge of assault with a weapon.

And police say Crime Stoppers tips led to the arrest of a woman in Vernon earlier this month, two days after police released images of a woman who is alleged to have used a credit card from a stolen purse that had been taken from Kelowna General Hospital on February.

“Both of these investigations were assisted immensely by the public’s help, and would likely have taken much longer to resolve without that help,” said Holmes.

Crime Stoppers is a significant, and very successful tool and is responsible for countless arrests of suspects and wanted persons as well as recoveries of drugs and stolen goods, he said.

Crime Stoppers not only offers rewards but also complete anonymity to whomever provides information.

Information can be left with Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477, by visiting their website at www.crimestoppers.net or by sending a text to CRIMES (247637), using ktown in the message.