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Off-duty police officer helps nab suspected thief: Kelowna RCMP

“This is just one example of the hard work and dedication shown by our officers,” said Kelowna Supt. Brent Mundle. File / Global News

Kelowna RCMP say a suspected thief was caught last weekend thanks to help from an off-duty officer.

According to police, the off-duty officer witnessed the suspect breaking into a business along the 1200 block of Ellis Street on Saturday morning, Feb. 8, just before 6:30 a.m.

Police say the man grabbed over $5,000 in merchandise, then fled the scene on foot.

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However, police added that thanks to the description and location provided by the off-duty member, the suspect was located by uniformed officers following a short foot pursuit.

Police noted that the stolen items were found and returned to the business.

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“This is just one example of the hard work and dedication shown by our officers,” said Kelowna Supt. Brent Mundle.

“We are committed to our community; we are never truly off duty.”

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The 42 year-old Kelowna man has been remanded into custody.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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