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October 27, 2017 3:28 pm

Theft from Vehicles Involves Shotgun

Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

Prince George, B.C. – One man is in custody  and police in Prince George are still looking for some stolen property  connected to the case.

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.


“Police would like to remind gun owners to never leave their firearms in vehicles for any amount of time”.

Not sure how many business owners would appreciate someone bringing in their rifle to shop, have dinner, use the washroom, use the ATM etc..

doesn’t sound like the firearm was securely stored. That in itself should be a charge if it wasn’t. regardless if his vehicle was stolen.

    What part of the story lead you to beleive it wasn’t securely stored?

      Well, it can be secure, trigger lock, locked container, locked vehicle etc., but if the owner is not in the vehicle, then it should be in a gun locker, or where he can keep an eye on it.
      Any time I’ve come back from hunting or the range, guns go in to gun locker, then I do my shopping, coffee shop etc. It’s just plain common sense.
      And yes, Seamutt, I recall those days as well.

Very troubling when weapons make their way into the hands of criminal elements.

By the way, I’ve created a new Reddit sub which “could” someday fulfill the same need that 250news has for so long. Lets keep the discussion alive!

ht tps://w ww.reddit.com/r/250news/

    All I got was something out of Washington State.

I can remember when hunting rifles hanging in pickup back windows was a common sight. Try that today and the snowflakes would go apoplectic and your would be chased down with the warwagon.

People should learn the regulations surrounding firearms transportation and storage before commenting on the subject.
ht tp://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-98-209/

    Good link, thanks for that, wish more folks would took a look.

so the link tells us:

(2) Subject to subsection (3), an individual may transport a non-restricted firearm in an unattended vehicle only if

(a) when the vehicle is equipped with a trunk or similar compartment that can be securely locked, the non-restricted firearm is in that trunk or compartment and the trunk or compartment is securely locked; and

(b) when the vehicle is not equipped with a trunk or similar compartment that can be securely locked, the non-restricted firearm is not visible from outside the vehicle and the vehicle, or the part that contains the non-restricted firearm, is securely locked.

So, based on the fact that it was a truck, part (b) would apply. Based on the information provided, I would surmise that the truck / gun owner met the conditions required by law. The thief broke into the truck. I would comment that I think it was silly to a spare key inside for the truck.

To keep the firearm under observation I suppose one could if shopping/restaurant en-route to or from hunting take the firearm into the business with you.


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