Suspicious activities in the parking lot at the Petro Canada Travel Centre on Versatile Drive tipped off police overnight Friday.
Kamloops RCMP received an initial report early in the evening of a black Dodge pickup truck with Alberta licence plates. They later observed the same vehicle travelling east on Hwy. 1 in Valleyview and followed it to the 2100 block of Dallas Drive. At that point, the driver attempted to evade police by ducking into a private driveway and abandoning the truck.
With the assistance of a police service dog, officers located and arrested 47-year-old Alberta man. A loaded 12-gauge, sawed-off shotgun was seized near him.
The 2013 Dodge 3500 pickup was stolen from Wetaskiwin, Alta., as it turned out, along with several items police suspect may be stolen property. They continue to investigate.