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One truck stolen in Christina Lake, another recovered

RCMP are looking for a blue 2001 Ford F350 pickup truck that was stolen from Brown Road in Christina Lake sometime between the morning of Jan. 22 and the afternoon of Jan. 23.

Police are asking anyone with information on the theft or who knows where the truck is to contact them or Crime Stoppers.

Meanwhile a pick-up truck stolen from Grand Forks has been recovered in West Kelowna.

Police say the white 2005 GMC Sierra was taken from behind a business in the 2600 block of Highway 3 on Jan. 26.

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Two days later Kelowna RCMP were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Spencer Road. They arrived to find a man asleep in the truck, who was arrested without incident.

The 38-year-old man of no fixed address was known to have been working in Grand Forks lately. He was later released with a March 6 court date. He’s expected to be charged with possession of stolen property and beach of an undertaking.

Prohibited drivers caught

Grand Forks RCMP say they’ve caught two drivers in the past few days who should not have been behind the wheel.

On Jan. 25 they spotted a man with a driving prohibition driving on 2nd Street near Sagamore Avenue.

The 39-year-old Grand Forks man was arrested and released soon after with a March 7 court date.

The following day an officer pulled over a vehicle missing both license plates. Police say the driver, a 36-year-old Grand Forks man, tried to alter an older temporary operating permit as he didn’t have insurance. Further checks showed he was prohibited from driving.

He was ultimately arrested but then released with an appearance notice to be in court on March 7 on charges of driving while prohibited and altering a license plate. He was also ticketed for not having insurance or a license and failing to display an N.

“Grand Forks is a small community and it does not take long for my officers to learn who tries to drive while prohibited or without a driver’s license or insurance on their vehicle,” says detachment commander Sgt. Darryl Peppler.

“Every time a person attempts to do this, they run the risk of hefty, large fines, impoundment of their vehicle and/or a court appearance and while a person may get away with this, eventually, they will be caught.”

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