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1 chopper + 1 K9 = 3 arrests

One plus one can equal three, according to the 100 Mile House RCMP who made three arrests over the weekend using one RMCP helicopter and one K9.

On June 14 at 11 a.m. the 100 Mile RCMP received information from the Kamloops RCMP that a stolen 1999 Mercury Sable linked to a theft out of Clinton was headed north.

Police spotted the car speeding by them on Hwy. 24 at Hwy. 97 and were able to locate it later parked in the driveway of residence on Elefson Rd, just south of Hwy. 24. No suspects were found.

“When the stolen vehicle was searched, a home-made improvised explosive device was found in the vehicle. The explosive disposal unit from Vancouver was flown in and the device was safely detonated around 7:00 p.m,” explained Cpl. D.J. (Dave) Tyreman.

The next morning, police actually recognized the suspects from their clothing and started to pursue them. Two of the suspects fled into the bush while officers arrested the third.

A 26-year-old Kamloops man associated to the stolen vehicle and carrying two prohibited weapons was arrested on the scene.

The RCMP K9 unit and a police helicopter were then called in to assist in the search for the other two men.

Tyreman says teams were able to locate the other two men shortly after and they arrested them in the centre of the ball diamonds.

A 18-year-old Cranbrook man and a 24-year-old Williams Lake man were taken into custody without incident.

All three men have been remanded into custody for a court appearance on Tuesday in 100 Mile House.

Two firearms that were stolen from a vehicle in 100 Mile House in the early morning hours of June 14 are also believed to be associated to these individuals and have not been located.

Information led Police to believe these firearms had been hidden in the bush area near the forestry compound, but when police went to that location they could not be found.

One Hundred Mile RCMP are asking anyone who finds the firearms or knows where they are located to call 911 or the local RCMP Detachment immediately at 250-395-2456. 

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