Suspect Arrested in Vehicle Theft Case
Since August 21st, five vehicles and one motorcycle have been stolen in the city ( map at right shows locations of thefts-image courtesy PGRCMP)
This morning’s theft happened just before 6am when a Ford Tempo was stolen from a residence in the 700 block of 17th Avenue.
The vehicle was spotted about 10 minutes later in the area of 20th and Redwood Street in Prince George.
Police say General Duty officers activated emergency equipment in an attempt to pull the vehicle over, but it fled the scene. Officers did not pursue but a few minutes later the vehicle hit a fence and almost struck a house near the corner of 20th Avenue and Hemlock Street. The driver fled the vehicle on foot.
The Prince George RCMP’s Police Dog Service attended and ‘Dero’ was deployed. A few minutes later, a 19 year old Prince George resident was arrested hiding near a residence on the 1800 block of Gorse Street. The suspect will likely make a first appearance in court later today and is expected to face several Criminal Code charges.
Police say that in this case, the keys had been left in the vehicle. Police are requesting that all vehicle owners take the necessary steps; including using an anti-theft device, to ensure their vehicle does not get stolen. Doors should always be locked and the keys should never be left in the vehicle.