PRINCE GEORGE, BC: At approximately 10:00 AM on Thursday January 17th, 2019, the Prince George RCMP received a report from a City of Prince George employee of a possible stolen vehicle being driven along Highway 97 through Prince George…
The employee and three co-workers worked together to provide detailed information to police about the vehicle that one of them had recognized as a stolen vehicle off social media.
General Duty and plain clothes officers began to search for the truck and suspect driver. The vehicle and driver were located on West Williams Road, just south of Red Rock, BC. Police computer checks confirmed the pickup truck was stolen from Makenzie, BC, and the licence plate had been stolen from Beaverlodge, Alberta.
At approximately 10:40 AM, the 31 year-old male driver (lone occupant) was arrested without incident. A search of the vehicle found a small quantity of heroin, cannabis and open liquor. A snowmobile in the back of the truck was found to have been recently stolen from Dawson Creek. It is believed that the driver was heading to Williams Lake.
Tyler Lee CALLIOU of Dawson Creek has been charged by the BC Prosecution Service with the following offences:
· Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 (Criminal Code) – 2 counts
· Fail to Comply with Recognizance (Criminal Code) – 3 counts
· Possession of a Controlled Substance (Controlled Drugs & Substances Act)
The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible. CALLIOU was also issued a Cannabis Act violation ticket and a Liquor Control and Licencing Act violation ticket at the time of his arrest.
CALLIOU was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant out of Dawson Creek.
“This investigation demonstrates that stolen items such as snowmobiles can be easily transported through many communities in a short period of time, only to be resold on the black market,” says Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. “Please take the necessary steps to secure all property of value and exercise caution when purchasing second hand items.”
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The Prince George RCMP want to thank the City of Prince George employee that recognized this stolen truck, and the three co-workers that helped provide police with vital information. Without this information, the suspect may not have been apprehended and the stolen property likely would not have been returned to the rightful owners.
If you have any information about this or any other property related Criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477.
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