A 34-year-old man is facing numerous charges after running from police.
On Wednesday (June 21, 2017) at 9 a.m. a hotel employee on West Columbia Street called RCMP to report that there was a suspicious male and female in a pick-up truck in their parking lot. A police officer responded and found the pick-up was there but the male and female were not in the vicinity.
The officer checked the licence plate and found it did not match the description of the vehicle it was on. The male and female soon came back and, when the officer questioned them about the ownership of the truck, the male fled on foot. He was located by another officer a few blocks away and arrested without incident.
When the vehicle identification number was run on the truck, it was found to have been stolen from Langley the day before. A rifle and numerous break and enter tools were found inside of the vehicle.
The male suspect is being held in custody to go before a judge. He is originally from Chilliwack and was previously known to police. He is facing numerous charges including possession of stolen property and obstructing a peace officer. The female suspect was released with no charges.
“This is a great example of what can happen when a citizen calls the police when they see something suspicious,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.
“Because this person took the time to call the RCMP when they saw the vehicle and people associated to it, we were able to recover a stolen vehicle and get a firearm off the streets.”