Oliver cop chases down thief

Oliver cop chases down thief

Oliver RCMP are on a roll apprehending and arresting sticky-fingered criminals.

The Oliver RCMP are on a roll apprehending criminals with sticky fingers.

On August 11 a local officer literally chased down a suspected thief after a hospital staff member reported a crime in the parking lot.

Ironically, police were already at South Okanagan General Hospital at 9:30 p.m. assisting a female in distress.

While police were in the emergency room, a staff member who had just completed her shift, ran inside and advised that she saw a man rummaging through her vehicle.

Corporal Christina Tarasoff said the employee described the man, noting that he fled towards the Oliver Community Centre.

Tarasoff said the officer at the hospital notified a second member who was in the area. A foot chase ensued, followed by a struggle, resulting in the suspect taken into custody. A subsequent search uncovered a number of stolen items, she pointed out.

The suspect is well known to local police.

Tarasoff praised the owner of the vehicle for providing an excellent description of the man, which assisted police in locating him quickly.

“Another great example of police and the community working together to fight crime,” said Tarasoff.