Four charged in Twin Lakes break-ins

Police were taken on a chase and four people

were arrested when RCMP received reports of a

theft in progress while in Twin Lakes Road.

Police were taken on a chase and four people

were arrested when RCMP received reports of a

theft in progress while investigating break and enters

on Twin Lakes Road.

Darryn Allen Nelson, 40, Brian William Cooper,

27, Derek John Ledgard, 22 and Chelsey Anne

Thorstenson, 28 were arrested on Dec. 23 and are

facing charges related to multiple break-ins in the

Twin Lakes area.

Nelson is facing charges including flight from a

peace officer and dangerous operation of a motor

vehicle, and a breach of probation; Thorstenson is

charged with possession of a controlled substance;

Ledgard is charged with possession of stolen property

under $5,000 and theft under $5,000 and all

four suspects are charged with theft over $5,000 and

possession of stolen property under $5,000.

While investigating two break and enters near

Twin Lakes Road on Dec. 23 RCMP officers were

notified of another attempted theft by a resident of

Grand Oro Road and that four suspects fled in a

Mitsubishi Lancer with no license plates. The vehicle

was reportedly involved in an attempted theft of

the resident’s John Deere Gator.

Police followed the Lancer for several kilometres

and attempted to stop the vehicle with a road block

which led RCMP on a chase through the area.

The suspects threw a shotgun out of the window

of the vehicle while fleeing the scene, police said.

The suspects ran out of road on Saddlehorn Drive

in Kaleden and all occupants of the vehicle fled on

foot in various directions. Police set up a perimeter

and multiple units tracked the suspects down and a

police dog squad captured the final male after a fivekilometre

track.

Ledgard attempted to steal a truck after fleeing

the Lancer, police said, and was found with the wallet

of the owner of the truck on his person upon his

arrest.

Ledgard had an outstanding warrant out of

Penticton, Thorstenson had an outstanding warrant

out of Chase. Police said all suspects were involved

in previous break and enters on Twin Lakes Road

in the early morning hours. RCMP said a vehicle

search turned up multiple stolen items. Thorstenson,

who lives in Keremeos, was released on bail.

Ledgard and Nelson face bail hearings on Jan. 6

in Penticton.

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