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Stolen taxi in Penticton recovered; cab driver assaulted and robbed, say police

Penticton RCMP say the incident happened Sunday evening, just before midnight, with the cab being quickly recovered. File / Global News

A man is facing charges for allegedly stealing a taxi and assaulting a cab driver in the South Okanagan.

According to Penticton RCMP, the theft occurred Sunday at 11:30 p.m., with the taxi driver calling 911 and reporting that he had been assaulted by a man who then stole the cab.

The taxi was parked near Skaha Lake Road and Green Avenue West in Penticton.

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“Front-line and Police Dog Service officers arrived and were able to locate the stolen taxi only a few blocks from where the incident occurred,” Penticton RCMP said in a press release.

“Nearby, a man identified as Tyler Lemire, age 34, was located. Evidence related to the robbery was found on him, and he was subsequently arrested.”

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Online court documents show that Lemire is facing charges of robbery, motor vehicle theft, theft of under $5,000 and assault.

Lemire was held in custody. His next court appearance will be Wednesday in Penticton.

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