Kamloops man charged after regional crime spree

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Criminal charges have been approved against a Kamloops man accused of carrying out a crime spree and committing numerous offences across the Thompson Nicola region earlier this month.

On April 1, 2021 the Herald reported on an incident involving the suspect and both Logan Lake and Merritt RCMP.

Logan Lake RCMP were alerted to a suspicious vehicle on April 1, 2021, which was eventually located in the Logan Lake Library parking lot with a single male occupant.

When the police attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled from them at a high rate of speed. RCMP later determined that the vehicle was stolen.

Logan Lake RCMP located the suspect and stolen vehicle a short time later at a private residence in the 8500 block of Highway 97C.

The suspect had broken into the residence and stolen an RV motorhome, after which they again fled from police, heading towards Merritt.

The Merritt RCMP deployed a spike belt which successfully stopped the motorhome on a commercial property in the 2600 block of Highway 97C.

The suspect driver was taken into custody, and RCMP stated that the driver would be facing several charges.

Now, the BC Prosecution Service has approved criminal charges against 33-year-old Michael Russel Lazaruk of Kamloops.

Lazaruk has been formally charged with flight from police, carry a weapon or prohibited device, being in a dwelling house without lawful excuse, breaking and entering to steal a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm contrary to an order and two counts of wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

Anyone with any further information regarding the suspect or these offences is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald