By Joe Fries
Two brothers from the North Glenmore area were feted Monday morning at the Kelowna RCMP detachment for their efforts in helping police apprehend a criminal.
Mitch Glanz, 17, and Nathan Glanz, 23, each received a commander’s commendation from Supt. Bill McKinnon for their heroics on Sept. 8.
That afternoon, cops were chasing a chronic offender near the Yaletown condominium development. The unidentified suspect had stolen three vehicles that day, but was on foot at the time.
The Glanz brothers, who live on a farm across the street, had just arrived home and were wondering what all the commotion was about when the suspect appeared on their driveway.
The perpetrator then hopped in Nathan’s 1995 Chevy pickup and tried to get away. Both brothers grabbed on to the bad guy, who managed to get the truck started, until police caught up. In the meantime, the truck was thrown into reverse and smashed into a police cruiser.
“We were trying to keep him there basically until police arrived,” said Nathan, who does carpentry work with his dad.
McKinnon said the brothers saved the officers time and money, and saved the public from untold danger.
“We can only guess at what might have happened if (the suspect) got away.”
The top cop was thankful for the assist that day.
“We talk all the time about the citizens are our eyes and ears, and these guys acted out and really did a fantastic job in apprehending the suspect, who probably would have gotten away if they hadn’t grabbed hold of him.”
McKinnon said such bravery is welcomed by police, so long as people don’t put themselves in jeopardy.
“We want them to be careful not to get in harm’s way themselves, but we certainly appreciate the support we get from the general public and try to recognize that by commendations of this sort.”