The Vanderhoof RCMP have apprehended two individuals after a long chase. The accused are believed to be responsible for the break and enters and thefts that have occurred in the community over the past couple of weeks.
Sgt. Rodney Guthrie of the Vanderhoof RCMP said that on July 21 at approximately 2 am, the RCMP observed an older Chrysler van being driven eastbound on Hwy 16 towards Cluculz Lake.
He said the van was distinctive and believed to be associated to some thefts and break and enters that have occurred over the past several weeks.
“The Vanderhoof RCMP had tried to stop the vehicle on at least two other occasions over the past two weeks but the vehicle fled from the police,” Guthrie said.
On July 21, the police had tried to stop the vehicle but it fled from them again. Guthrie said the police then set up a spike belt near Cluculz Lake and that successfully deflated one of the tires on the van. “They continued to flee from the police until one of the tires / wheels completely wore away. Two occupants fled from the van and a police service dog team from Prince George attended to track the suspects,” he said.
Over the course of the day the dog team tracked the suspects who were attempting to escape on Kayaks that they stole from the Cluculz Lake area and tried to paddle away on the lake, Guthrie said.
A 29-year old woman from Vanderhoof faces charges of theft. And a 34-year old Prince George man remains in custody and is facing charges of Dangerous Operations of a Motor Vehicle, Assault, Uttering Threats, Assaulting a Police Officer and Theft, Guthrie said.
Anyone with information on this incident or any other criminal offences are asked to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250-567-2222.