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Salmon Arm RCMP recover over $20,000 in stolen property

A vehicle fire led police to a stolen truck and other items
Salmon Arm RCMP recover over $20,000 worth of stolen property in a stolen truck after responding to a motorhome fire near the Skimikin transfer station. (RCMP photo)

A vehicle fire led to the recovery of stolen property valued at over $20,000, leading to the conclusion of another police file.

On Nov. 29 at 9 a.m., police received a report of a motorhome engulfed in flames near the Dondaneau Creek forest service road north of the Skimikin transfer station. Responding to the call, Salmon Arm RCMP found the burning motorhome along with other trailers and vehicles. Running checks on the other, unrelated vehicles revealed one to be a stolen truck taken from Williams Lake several months ago.

“Police noted items in the rear of the truck and surrounding area were suspected to be stolen,” Const. Andrew Hodges added in the media release.

Around the same time, the detachment also received a report of theft from a storage container that had been emptied out, with tools and other machinery among the items taken. Police were able to establish that the majority of items stolen from the container were those found in the back of the stolen truck and surrounding area. Police estimated the recovered items to be worth over $20,000, with the majority having been returned to the rightful owner.

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