Fraud suspect nabbed after climbing into Kamloops police cruiser – CFJC Today Kamloops

KAMLOOPS — Police say a 51-year-old fraud suspect has been arrested after climbing into an RCMP vehicle in Kamloops.

In a news release, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday (April 10), officers received a call from a bank on Note Dame Drive that a man was impersonating one of its clients, and allegedly attempting to transfer a large amount of money from the clients account.

The bank employee gave a detailed description of the man, and as police arrived on scene the suspect ran out of the bank and across the road.

Officers followed on foot and in their vehicles. Shelkie says because the officers were in uniform and driving marked cars, the suspect was able to hide behind buildings and hedges to avoid them.

An off-duty Police Dog Service (PDS) officer was in the area, driving his vehicle with his dog for regular exercise and training.

Shelkie says the officer was monitoring his radio and heard the other officers attempting to locate the suspect. The PDS officer drove his unmarked vehicle into the area, and when he saw the suspect, motioned him over to his vehicle.

As the suspect climbed inside, the officer identified himself and placed the Calgary man under arrest.

The suspect tried to take off but changed his mind after the officer told him he would release his police dog. Uniformed officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody.

It was kind of like a self check out at a grocery store, but in this case it was a bad guy checking himself in to a cop car.

Kamloops RCMP officers were appreciative of an off-duty member’s assistance Wednesday because it’s not often a suspect on the run opens the door to the police vehicle and climbs inside.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said on April 10 at 3 p.m., Kamloops RCMP received a call from a bank on Notre Dame Drive that a male was impersonating one of their clients and allegedly attempting to transfer a large amount of money from this client’s bank account.

Shelkie said the bank employee supplied a detailed description of the male and as police arrived on scene, the suspect ran out of the bank, and across the road.

Officers followed on foot and in their police vehicles. Because the officers were in uniform and driving marked police cars, the suspect was able to quickly identify them and hide behind buildings and in hedges.”

An off-duty Police Dog Service (PDS) officer was in the area, driving his police dog in his police vehicle for regular exercise and training.

“This officer was monitoring his radio and heard the other police officers attempting to locate the suspect. The PDS officer drove his unmarked police vehicle into the area and, when he saw the suspect, motioned him over to his vehicle,” said Shelkie. “As the suspect was climbing inside of the vehicle, the officer advised him that he was a police officer and that he was under arrest.”

The suspect then made an attempt to leave the area but changed his mind when the officer said he would release his police dog – who made his presence known by barking from the back of the vehicle. Uniformed officers quickly arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody without incident.

The 51-year-old suspect, from Calgary, was previously known to police. All investigational material will be supplied to the BC Prosecution Service.