-Image: Contributed

Kelowna RCMP take down bait car thieves

The bait car’s engine was remotely disabled

The temporary closure of a major highway intersection in Kelowna, resulted as police performed a dramatic and swift take down of two men who fled from the bait car they were in.

Early morning June 6, Kelowna RCMP were alerted by their police dispatchers, that one of the bait cars deployed in the Kelowna area had been activated, entered and had gone mobile from its deployment location in Rutland.

Working closely with dispatchers police were able to learn the bait car’s location, speed and direction of travel while officers flooded into the outlying areas.

Related:An RCMP officer’s best friend

“RCMP chose to remotely disable the bait car’s engine as it waited at a red light, in the west bound lanes of Harvey Avenue at Ethel Street,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said. “Two suspects were taken into police custody a short distance away, and a very short time after they each bolted on foot in opposite directions from the stolen bait car.”

“Steal a Bait Car … go to jail,” said Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Related:RCMP: Criminals use dark web to sell Canadians guns

37-year-old Ryan Lawrence Plotnikoff of Grand Forks was held in police custody and appeared before the Kelowna Law Courts. He has since been charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $5,000 and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

52-year-old Michael Peter Bartolo of Kelowna was also held in police custody and taken before a judge at the Kelowna Law Courts. He has now been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Planned power outage upsets Kelowna neighbourhood

Some Toovey Heights residents claim no advance notice given by FortisBC

Water flow blamed for Kelowna retaining wall collapse

Safety concerns remain along Black Mountain neighbourhood street

UPDATE: Kelowna stabbing victim tight lipped about incident

Police say 35-year-old North Okanagan man stabbed in Mission area Sunday won’t talk to investigators

Petition launched in Lake Country to let horses use the Rail Trail

Riders, upset by their local council’s decision to ban horses, want the move reversed

Pumps run dry across the Central Okanagan

Kelowna, Peachland and West Kelowna all reporting gas shortages

Homeless people living on ‘Surrey Strip’ move into modular housing

BC Housing says 160 homeless people are being moved into temporary Whalley suites from June 19 to 21

BC Ferries posts strong earnings before rate cuts

Last year highest ever for vehicle traffic, most walk-ons in 20 years

More than 150 tremors hit Vancouver Island in last 24 hours

Seismologists monitor to see if pressure will be added to major fault

Injured mountain biker airlifted to hospital in Kelowna

A mountain biker spent the night with rescuers after suffering injuries

Snapchat used to make mass shooting threat in Kamloops

RCMP did not dub the threat a hoax, instead called it “unsubstantiated”

Amphitheatre planned for Kamloops area winery

Monte Creek Ranch Winery can finally proceed with amphitheatre plans

B.C. groups file response to government’s fight against solitary confinement

B.C. Supreme Court judge suspended ruling for one year to give government time to draft legislation

National sports organizations have to report allegations of abuse immediately

Sporting organizations will lose federal funding abuse goes unreported, says Kirsty Duncan

BC conservation officers release badger from wolf trap

Badger recovering after being caught in trap near Williams Lake

Most Read