A 25-year-old man is facing charges after a break-in and theft at an Oliver home just before Christmas.
On December 22 a suspect gained entry to a vehicle parked in front of a residence in the Town of Oliver. The suspect used a garage door opener (left in the vehicle) to open the garage. Once inside, the suspect entered the residence and stole a wallet and keys to a truck parked in the garage.
Later that morning, after the homeowner reported the incident to police, they were notified by their credit card agency that their stolen card had attempted to be used at a gas station in Penticton.
After the suspect tried to use the tap function unsuccessfully, the gas station attendant recorded the licence plate of the truck the suspect was driving and called police. It was soon confirmed to be the same truck stolen from Oliver.
Extensive patrols were conducted by Penticton RCMP, which resulted in a sharp-eyed Officer locating the stolen truck driving in the West Bench area.
“The officer briefly lost sight of the truck, before noticing a suspicious looking man walking in the area,” said Cst. James Grandy. “Upon the officer trying to speak with the man, he attempted to run away. A foot pursuit ensued and the officer was able to locate and successfully take the accused into custody.”
The accused, Tyson Joseph Ryan, 25, is well known to police in the South Okanagan. He was remanded into custody facing numerous charges, including break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime, theft of credit cards and breaching his probation order.