DAWSON CREEK, BC: A total of five people have been arrested following two serious stolen vehicle incidents over the weekend…
Police say the incidents began on Saturday, January 13, 2018, when officers received a report of a stolen black 2017 Chevrolet 3500 from a residence located on the 210 Rd in Kilkerran, BC.
It was reported that the pickup truck had been stolen from the residence sometime overnight. There was no suspects or surveillance and it was believed the truck was locked.
Shortly after the report was received, the Dawson Creek RCMP received another report of an erratic driver travelling east in to Dawson Creek on the Alaska Highway. It was reported that a black truck matching the description of the stolen pickup was causing a deadly situation on the highway as it was crossing the center line and almost caused a collision.
The truck was located, however it failed to stop for police and took off at a high rate of speed. Due to the amount of vehicles and persons in the vicinity, the truck was not pursued and visual was lost on the truck.
Shortly after losing visual, a report was received of a multiple vehicle hit and run with the suspect truck matching the description of the stolen truck. Officers attended the area of the hit and runs and were able to locate the stolen truck a short distance away.
Upon reviewing video surveillance it was noted that the suspects in the truck had walked into a local motel nearby.
Officers set up containment of the motel and the suspect’s room. Attempts were made to contact the occupants without success.
Approximately 3 hours later, a female was removed from the room and arrested.
Later in the afternoon, 2 more male suspects were located and arrested.
During the evening hours the Dawson Creek RCMP received information that a vehicle had been stolen from Fort St. John and was possibly travelling to Dawson Creek.
The stolen vehicle was located and a spike belt was deployed successfully on the vehicle which deflated a tire.
The vehicle and driver were located and arrested. The male was associated to the persons who had been arrested during the day.
During a search of the recovered stolen pickup truck, a high powered SKS style rifle was located with an attached illegal high capacity drum magazine.
“The Dawson Creek RCMP continue to target prolific offenders involved in auto thefts and other associated property crime,” says S/Sgt. Steve McLeod.
“As a result of these investigations, five stolen vehicles have been recovered and a total of five offenders remain in custody facing a variety of charges as the investigation into the extent of their criminal activity continues.”
All persons involved are believed to be associated with each other and are known to police. All persons remain in custody.
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