Prolific offender off streets
Kamloops man with lengthy criminal record arrested in stolen car
Kelowna RCMP have arrested a prolific offender following a series of vehicle thefts.
Police received a report from a Kelowna resident that his vehicle, a 2008 Lexus, was stolen from the Lower Mission at 4:52 p.m. Saturday, and another vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup truck, was left in its place.
The pickup truck had been stolen earlier that day, around 2:10 p.m., said Cpl. Tania Carroll.
A man and woman had driven onto the truck owner’s property in a stolen Volkswagen Golf, assaulted the owner and stolen his keys and truck. The Golf, which was reported stolen from Lake Country at 7:50 a.m. that day, was left behind as the two suspects left in the truck.
Police say they spotted the stolen Lexus at 8:30 p.m. that day with a male driver and a female passenger.
“The occupants of the Lexus were unaware they were being observed by unmarked police vehicles,” said Carroll.
At 10:45 p.m., Kelowna RCMP received a report of a red Lexus parked with its engine running at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club.
The caller reported both the male driver and the female passenger appeared to be passed out.
“Several uniform and non-uniform Kelowna police members converged on the Lexus, (and) the male and female were arrested and taken into custody,” said Carroll.
Both suspects appeared in court on Monday to face a number of charges.
“They will both continue to appear in court until these investigations and charges have been dealt with,” said Carroll. The man has been identified as Jesse Shawcross, a 37-year-old Kamloops resident with a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1999, said Carroll. He also has several outstanding warrants for drug and breach charges.
His passenger has been identified as Cheri McCann, a 30-year-old woman of no fixed address.
“Removing this offender, Shawcross, from the streets of Kelowna will have a significant impact in reducing property crimes, as well as violent crimes in our community,” said Carroll. “The street enforcement unit as well as the uniformed members of the Kelowna RCMP did an outstanding job in co-ordinating his apprehension.”
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.