Theft from Vehicles Involves Shotgun
On Friday September 15th, 2017 at approximately 5:45 AM, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a truck that had been broken into in the parking lot of a local hotel. A number of items including a pellet gun, work tools, watches and clothes were stolen.
About an hour later, police received a report that a truck has been stolen truck from the same parking lot. The owner of the truck had left a shotgun and a spare key in the vehicle.
Surveillance images show a lone male suspect breaking into both vehicles, transfer items from one vehicle to the other, and then drive away.
At approximately 2:30 PM, members of the Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit located the stolen vehicle near 3rd Avenue and Johnson Street in Prince George. The driver fled on foot, but was apprehended shortly after. The vehicle and the key were recovered along with other items believed to have been stolen, however the shotgun was not found.
A search warrant was executed on a residence located on the 2100 block of Victoria Street in Prince George. Several other items confirmed to have been stolen were located in the residence, but the firearm was not recovered.
A 38 year old man from Prince George has been held in custody through the weekend and will appear in court later today. Several property related charges are expected.
Police would like to remind gun owners to never leave their firearms in vehicles for any amount of time. A stolen firearm is a public safety concern that could put other people in our community and police officers at greater risk.