Ashcroft man faces charges after vehicle theft in Cache Creek

The accused fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, but crashed into the creek and had to be airlifted to hospital.

On January 23 at approximately 11 a.m., a lone male entered the laundromat on Collins Road in Cache Creek, produced a knife, and robbed a female—who was unknown to him—of both her car keys and cell phone.

The suspect then departed in the victim’s vehicle toward Cache Creek. While en route, the suspect crashed the stolen vehicle into the creek, and as a result suffered minor injuries. He was able to get out of the stolen vehicle with the assistance of two good Samaritans, and fled on foot.

The suspect was arrested a short distance away, and the investigation continued, with assistance from the Kamloops, Logan Lake, and Clinton RCMP, the Kamloops Police Dog Service, and the Central Interior Traffic Services.

As a result of injuries sustained in the collision, the suspect—a 46-year-old from Ashcroft—was airlifted to a local area hospital for assessment and treatment. He has since been released from hospital but remains in custody. He was expected to appear in court on January 24 to answer to a number of charges, including Robbery and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.