Suspect in Break and Enter spree arrested in Kelowna

Crime spree suspect caught

Kelowna RCMP have recovered a brand new, stolen Jeep, estimated to cost more than $84,000 along with multiple sets of other stolen keys.

The bust comes after a break-in at a dealership on Enterprise Way, January 8, 2020. Officers used video surveillance footage to identify a suspect but despite extensive patrols, the suspect was not located. The video showed a male suspect breaking a window and taking keys to multiple vehicles in the lot, and leaving with a new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT valued at over $84,000.

Officers discovered the stolen Jeep the night of January 9th, at a local hotel but when they moved in the suspects fled in the Jeep. Investigators recovered some of the vehicle dealership keys previously stolen at that time. 

The Jeep was spotted again on Wednesday, January 15th, just before 3 p.m., abandoned in a parking lot on Hardy St. Kelowna RCMP frontline officers, Police Dog Services, the Community Safety Unit and the Street Enforcement Unit responded. A man attempted to flee from police on foot but was arrested without incident after a short chase. 

Thomas Aaron Udell, 33-years-old of Kelowna was found to be in possession of evidence linking him to ongoing commercial break and enter investigations in Kelowna. 

“This investigation illustrates the response Kelowna RCMP will provide to the community in order to stop an ongoing crime and their devotion to catching suspects involved in criminal offences.” States Cpl. Guillaume Tanguay of the Kelowna Street Enforcement Unit. “Our officers put every effort forward to reduce crime in the community and the arrest of this suspect will have a significant impact in the current wave of property crimes in the Kelowna area.”

Udell is now facing numerous charges including:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 contrary to Section 355(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 contrary to Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code
  • Flight from police contrary to Section 320.17 of the Criminal Code
  • Assault Peace Officer with a weapon contrary to Section 270.01(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Break and enter and commit indictable offence contrary to Section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code
  • Disguising face with intent to commit offence contrary to Section 351(2) of the Criminal Code
  • Wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer contrary to Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Breach of Undertaking contrary to Section 145(4)(a) of the Criminal Code

Udell remains in custody and the investigation remains ongoing at this time.

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