Police release details of one-man crime spree; Fruitvale man charged

Brody Aaron McKellar, 21, of Fruitvale remains in custody facing numerous charges following a 24-hour crime spree.

Police have released details on a one-man crime spree in Fruitvale last week.

Brody Aaron McKellar, 21, of Fruitvale, remains in custody facing a string of charges following offences committed last Thursday.

According to Greater Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke, McKellar went on a 24-hour spree beginning with a break and enter into a Kootenay Avenue home, theft of two trucks at two local residences, break and enter into an RV, and a foot chase in downtown Fruitvale.

McKellar allegedly entered a Fruitvale residence about 3:30 a.m. Sept. 24, stole computer equipment and keys to the owner’s 2007 Dodge Ram truck. The owner woke to the sound of his car alarm and witnessed his vehicle leaving the driveway, said Oelke.

The truck was eventually located later that morning in the Pend d’Oreille area, and noted to have serious damage.

Later Sept. 24, McKellar stole a 2000 Ford pickup from Waneta-Nelway Road while the owner was in his house but was unaware of the perpetrator.

McKellar drove the stolen truck to the 7 Mile Dam area where he broke into an RV (fifth wheel) and stole a TV, generator, Xbox, cooler and tools.

He then made his way back to Fruitvale just after 8 p.m. and was spotted by police in the stolen Ford.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but McKellar is reported to have fled in the truck at a high rate of speed so police halted the chase.

McKellar continued to drive the truck around Fruitvale in a dangerous manner spurring numerous calls to the police, Oelke said. “The truck was located a short time later at an apartment building where McKellar took a bicycle in an attempt to elude the police.”

Police were led on a foot chase through the village after locating McKellar on the bike, finally taking him into custody.

McKellar is facing charges of Break and Enter, Theft over $5000, Theft under $5000, Possession of Stolen Property, Dangerous Operation of a Motor vehicle, and three breaches of probation.

He appeared in court Thursday, Oelke confirmed, and has been remanded in custody, slated for Rossland Provincial Court Oct. 13


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