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RCMP apprehend two suspects in stolen vehicle case

A vehicle was stolen from the 7-11 parking lot in Fernie on Friday
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The Elk Valley RCMP apprehended two suspects in a stolen vehicle case on Friday (Dec. 2).

According to a press release from the RCMP, on Friday at around 6:51 a.m., police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle from the 7-11 in Fernie.

The complainant had gone into the store for a coffee and left his vehicle running. The vehicle was gone when he came out.

“Officers on shift responded and located the vehicle, a red 1998 Ford Expedition with a BC licence plate, travelling between Fernie and Sparwood in short order, but it failed to stop for Police and no pursuit was initiated.”

“After several changes of directions by the vehicle driver, a witness advised the vehicle stopped in the Hosmer area at the Fire Hall.”

A man in a grey hoodie was seen leaving the driver’s seat and a woman wearing a pink hoodie was seen leaving the passenger side.

Police set up at the location with an unmarked vehicle and within 20 minutes, an unmarked grey van was seen picking up the man and the woman from the Hosmer Inn. The van then headed south toward Fernie.

RCMP intercepted the van and safely arrested the 35 year old man and the 27 year old woman found inside. The van and driver were proven to be uninvolved with the event and cooperated with the investigation.

“Elk Valley RCMP were able to complete the majority of the investigation in short order, which included Forensic and Police Dog Service team support. The Elk Valley RCMP General Investigative Section also assisted.”

“The man is still in custody, having been remanded to appear in Provincial court tomorrow (Dec. 6) via video. The woman was released from custody by way of a Release Order from the Provincial Court.”

“While charges have been approved, the totality of the event has not been properly assessed by BC Crown Counsel, so the suspect names will not be released by Police until further charge assessment is completed.”

“Anyone with information about this incident can contact Elk Valley RCMP at 250-425-6233 to speak with an officer, or contact BC Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) if the wish to remain anonymous. Please refer to file 2022-3702. Our investigation is ongoing.”

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