Police Service Dog ‘Mako’ interrupts B&E suspect at a Fort St. John business…

FORT ST. JOHN, BC: A Police Service Dog in Fort St. John was ready to do some physical work earlier this week following a Break and Enter to a rural business…

But before we get to that part of the story, since the following events are linked, we’ll begin on January 15 just after 5 PM, when officers of the Fort St. John RCMP were notified of two stolen wallets from a local hotel. A suspect was identified but not located. Police continued to investigate this file.

Then on January 16, at 12:20 AM, the Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a residential break and enter at a residence, where owners, who were just moving in, observed items that did not belong to them in the residence.

Officers attended and observed evidence that indicated that someone had been staying in the residence. Numerous kitchen items as well as three pairs of shoes were stolen from the residence.

Later that morning, at 4:30 AM, officers were called to the Pomeroy Hotel after a report of a stolen white 2014 Ford shuttle van. Police attended and observed the stolen vehicle briefly as it fled the area. Through investigation, police determined that a very large amount of audio and video equipment had been stolen.

Around 6 AM that same morning, officers were still on scene at the hotel and received another call to attend a commercial break and enter in progress at a business in Montney.

The business owner observed a white Ford shuttle van at the back of the building and the lights were on inside the business.

Police Service Dog ‘Mako’ shown here in a photo from August 2021. ‘Mako’ is always ready to do the job he is trained to do. – RCMP Photo.

The Fort St. John RCMP Police Dog Services headed to the scene in Montney, a rural community east of Fort St. John. Upon arrival to the scene, ‘Mako’ was geared up and ready to jump into action as other officers converged on scene to assist. The suspect, Ryan Donald LARGE, saw ‘Mako’ and complied with officer requests. LARGE was arrested and taken into custody.

Evidence tying LARGE to the stolen wallets, the residential break and enter report and theft from the Pomeroy Hotel was located on him and in the stolen shuttle van.

Ryan Donald LARGE was arrested and taken into custody. He was released on January 18, 2023 with several charges. – RCMP Photo.

BC Crown Prosecution Service has approved charges against Ryan LARGE:

  • Break and Enter into a Dwelling House,
  • 3 counts of Theft under $5000,
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle,
  • Theft over $5000,
  • Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance,
  • Flight from Police,
  • Break and Enter,
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and
  • Possession of an Identity Document.

On January 17, 2023, Large was remanded until January 18, 2023.

LARGE had been arrested by the Fort St. John RCMP on January 10, 2023, on multiple outstanding warrants after being located in a stolen vehicle. He was held for court. Later that same day, LARGE was released by the courts on a Release Order with a future court date of January 23, 2023.

Released by Fort St. John RCMP and edited by PJXM News.

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