PRINCE GEORGE, BC: The Prince George RCMP is warning the public following a recent spike in vehicle thefts in the community.
Since July 1, 2019, the local Detachment has received seven reports of stolen Ford trucks and vans in the Prince George area. These thefts have occurred at all hours of the day and are mostly from parking lots all over the community. From the BCR Industrial site, to a local pulp mill, to box retail stores and hotels, Ford trucks are being targeted.
On Tuesday July 2 at approximately 8:30 PM, a 2002 Ford E-250 van was reported stolen from Great Street in the BCR Industrial site. The unoccupied van was recovered on Quince Street on July 7th. A generator and bike were located in the van, however neither have been reported stolen. Investigation continuing.
On Saturday July 6 at approximately 1:30 PM, a 2003 Ford F-350 pick-up was reported stolen from Great Street in the BCR Industrial site. A Honda 6500 generator was in the back of the truck at the time of the theft. The unoccupied vehicle was recovered on Upland Street in Prince George on July 7th. The investigation is continuing.
On Sunday July 7 at approximately 1:30 PM, a 1999 Ford F-450 pick-up was reported stolen from the parking lot of a pulp mill on Landooz Road in Prince George. The vehicle was recovered in Dome Creek (McBride Detachment area) on July 9th as part of an ongoing property crime investigation where three people were arrested.
During the early morning of Monday July 8, a 2006 white Ford F-350 pick-up with BC licence plates JT3436 was reported stolen from a parking lot on Recplace Drive in Prince George. This vehicle has not yet been recovered.
On the evening of Monday July 8th, a 2015 white Ford F-350 pick-up was reported stolen from a parking lot on George Paul Lane in Prince George. This truck was also recovered in Dome Creek (McBride Detachment area) on July 9th as part of an ongoing property crime investigation where three people were arrested.
On Saturday July 13th at approximately 10:00 AM, a 2000 burgundy Ford F-350 dully pick-up with BC licence plate HR7739 was stolen from a parking lot on Range Road in Prince George. This truck has yet to be recovered.
Also on Saturday July 13th, police received a report of a stolen 2011 Grey Ford F-250 pick-up with BC licence plate LE2360. The truck had been stolen from a residence on the 28000 block of the John Hart Highway in Prince George on the late morning of Friday July 12th. The truck had a snow plow attachment on the front. This truck has yet to be recovered.
Police encourage the public to report suspicious persons, vehicles and activities when they see it. Checking into suspicious incidents is part of our duties and not a waste of our time. Please call police right away.
The Prince George RCMP want to remind all vehicle owners to lock your doors and utilize an anti-theft device, such as an immobilizer. No one is immune to being a victim. Contact the Prince George RCMP’s Community Policing Section for advice on preventing auto theft. They can be reached at 250-561-3366.
As part of our strategic initiatives, the Prince George RCMP target priority & prolific offenders, as well as other persons believed to be involved in property crime. Investigators are continually looking for information from the public about property related crimes and those that are responsible.
Providing information to the police, either directly or through the Prince George Crime Stopper program, will help these investigators locate, arrest and prosecute those persons responsible for these crimes.
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