A Radium man followed two suspects that allegedly stole his boat only to get attacked with bear spray by the thieves.
Columbia Valley RCMP were told the two suspects crashed their blue pick-up truck near the hot pools.
The owner of the boat confronted the two men from out-of-province when they sprayed him and ran into a nearby wooded area.
A dog team was dispatched from Cranbrook to locate the suspects but the search was unsuccessful.
The pair was spotted coming out of the forest the following morning and were arrested.
RCMP say both men have a history of being involved in similar offences.
The two Albertans are now facing charges of possession of stolen property, theft of a motor vehicle, assault with a weapon and several breaches surrounding their previous releases.
– Devin Howard