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Salmon Arm armed robbery foiled by GPS tracking

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A man took their cash and keys before driving away in the stolen car with a female accomplice.

On Monday afternoon, the Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a couple being robbed at a local ATM vestibule in downtown Salmon Arm. Postmedia

Salmon Arm RCMP say a pair of suspected thieves who allegedly robbed a couple of their SUV at knife point were foiled by the vehicle’s GPS tracking system.

The incident happened Monday afternoon at an ATM outside a Salmon Bank.

RCMP say the victims were withdrawing money when they were confronted by a man in a mask who threatened them with a knife.

The man took their cash and keys before driving away in the stolen car with a female accomplice.

The vehicle was tracked with assistance of the vehicle’s OnStar GPS system, which led the Vernon RCMP to the thieves’ location.

The pair — a 24-year-old man and 32-year-old woman — was arrested and police recovered the vehicle, weapon, disguise, cash and identification belonging to one of the victims.

RCMP say the pair remain in custody and are facing a number of charges of armed robbery, disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence, and theft of a motor vehicle.

No names were released.

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