RCMP in B.C.’s Southern Interior on lookout for police-dodging counterfeit money suspects

Police throughout B.C.’s Southern Interior are on the lookout for suspects in a burgundy pickup truck following an alleged series of cross-jurisdictional crimes.

According to the RCMP, the suspects have been trying to pass counterfeit money in the Central and North Okanagan plus the Thompson and Nicola Valley regions.

RCMP also allege the suspects were involved in two hit-and-runs, one involving a police vehicle.

The pickup truck is described as a burgundy Dodge Ram D-150 with a stolen licence plate, KK2078. Police noted that the licence plate was stolen out of the Armstrong area.

The first incident took place on Nov. 4, at a gas station along the Trans-Canada Highway in Kamloops. There, police say a suspect tried passing on counterfeit currency.

On Nov. 6, shortly after 8 p.m., police say officers in Merritt responded to a fraud in progress at a gas station on Airport Road. There, police say an unknown man tried passing on counterfeit Canadian and American money.

Police say a responding officer encountered the burgundy truck, which contained multiple occupants as it fled from the gas station.

“The suspect allegedly accelerated towards the responding officer and sideswiped his fully-marked police vehicle before fleeing the area eastbound, not pursued by police,” said RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

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