PRINCE GEORGE, BC: The Prince George RCMP would like to warn the public about leaving firearms and other items in vehicles…
Police say on September 15, 2017 at approximately 5:45 AM, officers received a report of a truck that had been broken into in the parking lot of a local hotel. A number of items including a pellet gun, work tools, watches and clothes were stolen.
At approximately 6:40 AM, police received a report of stolen truck from the same parking lot. The owner of the truck had left a shotgun and a spare key in the vehicle. Surveillance images show a lone male suspect break into both vehicles, transfer items from one vehicle to the other, and then drive away. Both offences occurred at approximately 1:00 AM.
At approximately 2:30 PM, members of the Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit located the stolen vehicle near 3rdAvenue and Johnson Street in Prince George. The driver fled on foot, but was apprehended shortly after. The vehicle and the key were recovered along with other items believed to have been stolen, however the shotgun was not found.
A search warrant was executed on a residence located on the 2100 block of Victoria Street in Prince George. Several other items confirmed to have been stolen were located in the residence, but the firearm was not recovered.
A 38 year-old man from Prince George has been held in custody through the weekend and made a court appearance on Monday. Several property related charges are expected.
Police would like to remind gun owners to never leave their firearms in vehicles for any amount of time. A stolen firearm is a public safety concern that could put other people in our community and police officers at greater risk.
Written and released by Prince George RCMP