Vanderhoof’s local RCMP detachment lodged 121 files, which included 25 prisoners, in the past week.
With several past incidents sharing the commonality of deactivated alarm systems, the police encourages property owners to engage alarm companies to help deter thieves.
Fuel theft update
Over five cases of vehicle fuel theft were reported last week in Vanderhoof, and investigation for suspects continues with reported information, the RCMP says. In the meanwhile, those with unlocked gas tanks can purchase locking caps in local hardware stores for security.
Successful and failed break-ins
Tools and cash housed in BC Livestock Producers Co-operative Association’s building for Vanderhoof sales, located east of town on Highway 16, were reported stolen on July 7.
Missing items include a Miller welder, a Stihl chop saw, and a 100-foot welding extension cable.
The RCMP says the break-in likely occurred on July 5, and investigation continues. Reported on July 2, unknown suspects also attempted, but failed, to enter an unused vault at Ace Building Centre.
Bike lost, suspect arrested
On July 2, a $3,000 black carbon-fiber specialized road bike was taken from outside Vanderhoof’s office for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on Highway 16.
Office employees witnessed the theft and followed the male suspect up Fourth Street, taking photographs but eventually losing his trail.
In the nearby forested area, responding RCMP patrols found bike lock break-in tools that were wrapped in the suspect’s jacket. Within the hour, a man that matched the witnesses’ photographs was also located. However, he did not confirm the theft nor reveal the bike’s location.
Charged with theft, the man is released with conditions to not enter Vanderhoof nor possess a cell phone. He was revealed to be breaching conditions ordered from Prince George and possess an extensive criminal history in other parts of the province.
Investigation continues to locate the missing bike; a residence related to the theft yielded negative results.
– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP