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Crime spree suspects arrested

Two men are in custody after a weekend long crime spree in the Central Okanagan earlier this month.

Cody Parent, 21, and a 31-year-old man from Lions Bay face charges in connection with numerous investigations in the Kelowna area.

Both men were from the Lower Mainland.

The pair were pulled over Feb. 9, just before 8 a.m. during a random traffic stop for an illegal pass on Enterprise Way near Baron Road. The driver, Parent, initially provided a false name and was found to be in possession of stolen property, including the Nissan Xterra he was driving. The vehicle was purchased using another person’s identification which was found in his pocket.

Parent was then arrested for obstruction and possession of stolen property.

An investigation was launched, as Parent had been a suspect in a string of break-ins where access cards to apartment buildings were stolen and storage lockers were ransacked. He is also facing charges from Enderby and Vernon as well.

Cst. Kris Clark says a number of techniques were apparently used in order to obtain the access cards.

"In the case of the apartment buildings it was by stealing the access cards from a vehicle to gain access to a building and then ransack the storage lockers," says Clark.

According to Clark, none of the apartment building's units were broken into.

Clark says at least half a dozen buildings were affected.

Parent remains in custody and is currently charged with 14 counts including possession of stolen property, failure to comply with probation, fraud over $5000 and theft over $5000.

The second man is apparently in custody in the Lower Mainland.

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