A helpful citizen had their vehicle stolen after attempting to help a woman get her bicycle home.
Friday at noon the person stopped to help a woman who was experiencing difficulty with her disabled bicycle in downtown Brandon, offering to give her a ride to her residence.
While the driver was loading the bike into the trunk of the car, the woman allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat, locked the doors and stole the vehicle.
At 3 p.m. the stolen vehicle was involved in an accident in the 1200 block of Lorne Avenue East. It was allegedly being driven by an unknown man and struck a townhouse building in that location.
The man fled the scene.Later that day around 6 p.m. police encountered a highly intoxicated man in the downtown area, who had two bottles of liquor apparently stolen from a Brandon retailer about two hours earlier.
Police arrested the man for the theft of the liquor and say that a search of his person found that he had two credit cards in the name of the vehicle theft victim. It is believed they were taken from a wallet that was left inside the vehicle while the owner was loading the bike into the trunk.
The stolen vehicle was found on at 6:40 a.m. Saturday abandoned in a downtown parking lot.
A 40-year-old man was lodged at the Brandon Correctional Centre and will be remanded Saturday. He faces charges of theft under $5,000 and possession of stolen property.
Police continue to investigate who is responsible for the original theft of the car and the subsequent possession of the stolen vehicle.
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