Prolific South Okanagan offender back behind bars

Prolific offender back in jail

A South Okanagan prolific offender is back behind bars after allegedly leading police on a short chase in a stolen vehicle.

The South Okanagan RCMP says an officer spotted a stolen vehicle travelling through Oliver on March 31, but police were unable to safely get it to stop. 

The next day, April 1 at 8:30 a.m., RCMP observed the stolen vehicle parked in an alleyway in Okanagan Falls. Several plainclothes officers from Penticton attended to surveil the vehicle. 

About 30 minutes later, a man got into the vehicle and drove away. Officers were eventually able to stop the vehicle and arrest the suspect "without risk to the public." RCMP distributed a photo showing the stolen SUV crashed, on its side, through a fence at the conclusion of the chase.

“While our community is in the midst of a public health crisis, our officers are out working tirelessly, continuing our mission of making our streets safe,” said Const. James Grandy.

Penticton resident Seamus Kirby, 28, has now been formally charged by the BC Prosecution Service with possession of stolen property, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police.

He has a lengthy criminal record, racking up 26 convictions by the time he was 26 years old.

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