A 31-year-old man remains locked up and is facing multiple charges after a bizarre series of events involving stolen trucks, vehicle arsons and erratic and dangerous driving in Revelstoke.
It started on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at approximately 9 a.m. when the Revelstoke RCMP got a call about a suspicious incident. A motorist stopped to help the driver of a Ford F150 who appeared to be stuck in the sand. The driver was reportedly verbally and physically aggressive and claimed to be armed with a gun.
Police located the driver in Revelstoke and on two separate occasions the driver refused to stop for police.
The RCMP also received reports of thefts of two vehicles, including a Ford F250 pick-up truck and Ford F350 pick-up truck, followed reports of two vehicle fires. Police determined the trucks were determined to be the same Ford 150 pick-up truck, a stolen Kelowna vehicle, and the Ford F250 taken that morning.
Police also received various reports of property theft, including the failed theft of a travel trailer which involved the Ford F350. The situation became graver when it was reported that a male matching the suspect’s description had stolen ammunition from a local fishing and hunting store.
An RCMP Police Service Dog Team and RCMP Southeast District Air Services were requested to assist. The RCMP aircraft located the vehicle, stopped on a service road adjacent to Highway 1, approximately 15 kilometres west of Revelstoke. Police set up a roadblock to keep the vehicle from gaining access to the Trans-Canada Highway; however, the driver approached the roadblock and sped through. The RCMP aircraft was able to track its movements and reported the suspect fleeing on foot along the Trans-Canada.
Police were able to arrest the suspect on the highway after he approached a motorist in a white SUV that had stopped. The male was arrested at that time without injury or further incident, RCMP said.
Kelly Andrew Maclean, 31, has been charged with 14 offences:
-Possession of Property Obtained By Crime Over $5,000; Sec 355(a) ccc (3) counts;
-Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000; Sec 355(b) ccc (1) count;
-Arson; Sec 434 ccc (2) counts;
-Theft Under $5,000; Sec 334 ccc (1) count;
-Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle- Sec 249 (1)(a) ccc (1) count;
-Flight From Police; Sec 249.1 (1) ccc (3) counts;
-Driving while Disqualified; Sec 259 (4) ccc (2) counts
-Theft Over $5,000; Sec 334(a) ccc (1) Count.
None of the charges have been proven in court.
In a statement, the Revelstoke RCMP said they would like to thank those who assisted police throughout the incident, as the information assisted in bringing the matter to a safe and successful conclusion. Maclean remains in custody with a court appearance set for June 6.
Investigators are also looking to speak with the driver of the white SUV that had been approached by the suspect and ask that anyone who witnessed any incidents associated to this investigation to contact the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.