Man abuses sympathy to steal from West Kelowna man

While being assessed by paramedics the man pushed his way inside the stranger’s residence, allegedly assaulting them while doing so.

  • Fri Oct 21st, 2016 11:00am
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A man who allegedly forced his way into a stranger’s home, while being medically assessed by emergency first responders, now faces numerous potential charges.

The West Kelowna RCMP responded  Oct. 19 at 11:46 p.m., to a request to assist BC Ambulance Services who attended to a medical distress call at a residence in the 2200 block of Louie Drive.

“Police have learned that a male, not associated to the residence, had shown up and indicated to the home owners that he was in medical distress and in need of assistance,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

“While being assessed by emergency paramedics the man pushed his way inside the stranger’s residence, allegedly assaulting the home owner while doing so. Once inside the suspect allegedly took a cellular phone belonging to the home owner before fleeing out the back door of the home.”

Approximately 30 minutes later the home owner’s cell phone was used by the suspect to call 911. RCMP tracked the cell phone to the area of Elk Road and Carrington Road where witnesses in the area directed officers to the golf course where the suspect was last seen entering.

“With the assistance of Police Service Dog Ice, the suspect was located and taken into police custody without incident,” said O’Donaghey. “PSD Ice also assisted investigators in locating key evidence in the area which tied the suspect to the alleged break and enter committed on Louie Drive.”

Devon Jonah Sims, 35, was held in police custody and appeared in Court on Oct. 20.

Devon Sims has been formally charged with break and enter with intent to commit an offence, assault, theft under $5,000 and breach of his probation. He was remanded into custody and is expected to appear in Court next on Oct. 27 .

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.