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Salmon Arm RCMP arrest man for alleged theft of returned power tool

THEFTS: Reported stolen pickup truck found partially torched
Salmon Arm RCMP responded to several reported thefts between Nov. 17 and 25. (Black Press file photo)

A court date was in store for a man who walked out of a local store with an unpaid for power tool.

The alleged theft was reported at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24. Police said an employee reported a man had walked out of the store with power tool valued at $200 and drove away in an older pickup truck. Police were given a licence plate number and officers attended the residence of the vehicle’s registered owner, said Salmon Arm RCMP Const. Andrew Hodges in a media release. Officers spoke with a man at the residence who Hodges said admitted to taking the tool and placing it in his vehicle before giving it back to an employee.

“Police called the employee again who confirmed that he did recover the tool, but only after the man had attempted to depart in his vehicle with it,” said Hodges, adding the man was arrested and issued a future court date to speak to the allegations.

Stolen truck torched

Also on Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., police received a report from the owner of a Ford F-150 pickup stolen from the 200 block of Highway 1. Hodges said the caller still had their keys and the truck had a half tank of gas.

“Police made extensive patrols for the vehicle but did not locate it,” said Hodges.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, Vernon RCMP located the stolen F150 partially torched, said Hodges, adding the vehicle was held for further examination.

Steered wrong

On Nov. 17, a Salmon Arm thrift shop reported an “older couple” had come into the store and stole a wood nautical steering wheel. The wheel was described as approximately 12 inches in diameter and was up for auction.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Salmon Arm RCMP, referencing file 2023-7178.

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