A 51-year-old Calgary man was arrested in Kamloops on Wednesday afternoon, after attempting to flee the scene of an incident in an unmarked police car, police said.
According to RCMP spokesperson Jodi Shelkie, the incident took place around 3 pm, when officers received reports that a man had tried to impersonate a client of a local bank and was “allegedly attempting to transfer a large amount of money from this client’s bank account.”
As officers arrived at the scene, Shelkie said, the suspect ran out of the bank and across the road, with police in pursuit.
At the same time, an off-duty Police Dog Service (PDS) officer happened to be driving in the area with his dog, as part of the animal’s regular training.
Shelkie said the officer was monitoring his radio and “heard the other police officers attempting to locate the suspect.”
In response, he drove his unmarked police car to the scene and “when he saw the suspect, motioned him over to his vehicle,” said Shelkie. “As the suspect was climbing inside of the vehicle, the officer advised him that he was a police officer and that he was under arrest.”
At that point, the suspect “attempted to leave the area, but changed his mind when the officer said he would release his police dog,” said Shelkie.
Uniformed officers quickly arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody without incident.
Police said the suspect was previously known to police.