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Man assaulted with bear spray after witnessing theft in the Shuswap

Chase RCMP gave its monthly update on crime in the Shuswap this weekend and one incident was particularly unsettling.

According to police, on July 16 at 2:34 am, officers responded to reports of an assault with a weapon in the Lee Creek area. The victim was driving on Squilax Anglemont Road when he came across an older model Chevrolet S10 pickup.

The vehicle was stopped on the side of the road and two residents were moving about outside. A man and woman were attempting to secure six stand-up paddleboards in the box of their truck.

After stopping and making a comment to the couple, suggesting they had stolen paddleboard, the man took offense and bear sprayed the victim.

"The victim attempted to drive away, but couldn’t see very well and was forced to stop further down the road," wrote the release. "The suspect couple drove past and bear sprayed him a second time. The victim managed to take a photo of the couple and their vehicle before he was bear sprayed."

Later that day, officers located the suspect vehicle with one paddleboard still inside. If anyone is missing a paddleboard, they are urged to contact Chase RCMP at (250)679-3221.



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