Questions about carjacking

As the investigation into an alleged car jacking on Tuesday continues, police are now saying they have more questions than answers.

Robert Polyak told Castanet News that he was driving home around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, when he noticed four people -- including one female -- in need of roadside help. He said they were pulled over on Cameron Avenue, with their hood up. He asked if they needed help, and when he attempted to get some tools, they hit him over the head and stole his 2009 Subaru Impreza.

A similar car of the same make and model was found burning a few hours later on a forest service road near Kelowna Mountain. Cst. Kris Clark says he is 99 per cent certain this vehicle was the same one stolen from Polyak.

The intense fire gutted the car, leading police to believe it will be difficult to pull any evidence from the vehicle and ultimately may lead to a dead end.

But Clark says the investigation is still ongoing.

“We just have a few little pieces of the information. We don’t have enough to say what actually happened. But educated guesses can fill in some of the holes,” he says.

Clark says there are still many questions surrounding the incident that need to be answered.

“Random offences certainly can happen, but in my experience, they are extremely rare,” says Clark.

“There are just way too many questions to say with any certainty that what he’s saying is accurate. He could be completely innocent and have no play in it whatsoever, and a totally innocent victim -- there is certainly that possibility -- but my experience says that is very rare.”

Police have also learned little from the 20-year-old stabbing victim who was assaulted and robbed a few blocks away from where Polyak had his car stolen. That victim told police he was attacked by three men, but did not mention any female accomplices at the scene.

Officers had suggested Tuesday that the two crime scenes may be linked.

Clark has also said that he is not aware of any weapons found from either of the assaults.

Later Tuesday afternoon, a car with a single female driver was stopped on Highway 97, just east of the bridge, But RCMP have confirmed that incident had nothing to do with the previous crimes.


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