PRINCE GEORGE, BC: One man is in custody following a break & enter and recovery of a stolen vehicle yesterday morning…
The incident began during the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 14, when police received reports of three commercial break & enters in Prince George. Two were on Continental Way in the BCR Industrial Site and another was on the 1400 block of 10th Avenue. All three businesses had their glass door smashed and cash boxes targeted.
At approximately 8:30 AM on Wednesday August 14th, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a stolen 2006 Ford F350 pick-up from a business lot on the 700 block of 2nd Avenue in Prince George. The vehicle had been stolen sometime overnight and is believed to have been involved in the above commercial break & enters.
At approximately 1:20 AM on Thursday August 15th, 2019, members of the Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit came upon a break & enter in progress at a commercial property on Quinn Street in Prince George. The adult male suspect fled the area in the stolen truck. Due to the high rate of speed and aggressive manner in which the vehicle was being driven, officers did not pursue in the interest of public safety.
A few minutes later, members of the Street Crew Unit located the suspect fleeing from the stolen vehicle behind a commercial property on 15th Avenue in Prince George. The uncooperative male was arrested and taken into custody with the assistance of Police Service Dog ‘Jak’.
The BC Prosecution Service has charged 30 year old Clinton Jay Baraniuk of Prince George with the following Criminal Code offences:
- Break, enter & commit mischief (Quinn Street business)
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
- Resist arrest
- Mischief under $5000
Baraniuk made his first appearance in court on Thursday August 15th and was remanded in custody until his next court date scheduled for Wednesday August 21st.
The Prince George RCMP are aware of the similarities between this break & enter and others committed in our community recently. Multiple cash boxes believed to be from previous break & enters were located in the stolen truck. Those investigations are continuing.