The incident occurred on Dec. 5. (File)

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

A prolific Kelowna bike thief is facing charges after a brazen attempt to steal a bike from the parking lot of the Kelowna RCMP detachment.

On Dec. 5, an RCMP officer inside the detachment on Richter Street was looking down from the second floor at the parking lot when he observed a hooded male trying to gain entry into the secure fenced lot. The male attempted to open the locked pedestrian gate but then observed a vehicle leaving the lot through the sensor monitored gate and slipped into the restricted area.

Upon entry, the man went to the bike compound where one of the detachment’s bait bikes was located and waiting to be deployed in the community.

The man tried to flee on his new ride but was quickly apprehended by officers.

Brian Richard Harbison, 38, was held in police custody overnight and brought before a Judge this morning where he was charged with the following:

  • Break and Enter
  • Theft of Bike Under $5000
  • Possession of Break and Enter Tools
  • Breach of Recognizance
  • Breach of an Undertaking

“This brazen break-in and theft is not a common occurrence here at the Kelowna Detachment and the irony that Mr. Haribson would take a Bait bike from the RCMP compound has won him a night in jail and more criminal charges,” said Cst. Lesley Smith of the Kelowna RCMP. “This incident is also a clear indication of how quickly and easily these criminals can gain entry into a locked area and steal any item of opportunity.”

RCMP reminds the public to stay alert and keep a watchful eye on any suspicious persons loitering around your building, parkade or other restricted areas. If you witness anyone acting suspicious and they are not associated to that location, please call the RCMP immediately as they might be waiting for an opportunity to commit a crime.

READ MORE: Kelowna RCMP seek witnesses in pedestrian hit and run

READ MORE: City of Kelowna urges people to donate to non-profits instead of directly to homeless


@michaelrdrguez
michael.rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Province, feds, Wet’suwet’en announce progress in MOU talks

External community engagement process launched to help implement Wet’suwet’en rights and title

Update: Accident on Highway 16 causes power outage in Vanderhoof

397 customers still without electricity as of 4:25 p.m. on Aug 13.

Route announced for the Great Regional Air Hug of 2020

Aircraft will be departing from the Vanderhoof Municipal Airport at 12 p.m. on Aug. 15

“Let’s break the silence because we can”

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s awareness walk held Saturday in Fort St. James

New community library aims to foster positive community feelings

Vanderhoof resident has set up a little library in front of her property at the end of Lebler Road.

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Conservation seizes fawn illegally kept captive in Vancouver Island home

A Comox Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Watchdog clears Okanagan RCMP in death of man after arrest over alleged stolen pizzas

The man died in hospital after having difficulty breathing and broken ribs

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products

People warned not to store cannabis products where children can find them

‘It’s not just about me’: McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

First study of its kind in the U.S. to figure out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be used

Most Read