Keen observers lead to arrest and recovery of stolen property

A City of Prince George employee and three co-workers were instrumental in helping the police track down a suspect who is now facing several charges.

At about 10 a.m. Thursday, city worker reported to police a possible stolen vehicle being driven along Highway 97.  The employee and three co-workers worked together to provide detailed information to police about the vehicle that one of them had recognized as a stolen vehicle from a post on social media.

General duty and plainclothes officers began to search for the truck and suspect driver.  They were located on West Williams Road, just south of Red Rock.  Police computer checks confirmed the pickup truck was stolen from Makenzie and the licence plate had been stolen from Beaverlodge, Alberta. 

At approximately 10:40 a.m., the 31-year-old male driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, was arrested without incident.  A search of the vehicle found a small quantity of heroin, cannabis and open liquor.  A snowmobile in the back of the truck was found to have been recently stolen in Dawson Creek.  It is believed that the driver was heading to Williams Lake.

Tyler Lee Calliou of Dawson Creek has been charged two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, three counts of failing to comply with a recognizance, and possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.  Calliou was also issued a Cannabis Act violation ticket and a Liquor Control and Licencing Act violation ticket at the time of his arrest.  He was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant out of Dawson Creek.

“This investigation demonstrates that stolen items such as snowmobiles can be easily transported through many communities in a short period of time, only to be resold on the black market,” said Cpl Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP.  “Please take the necessary steps to secure all property of value and exercise caution when purchasing second hand items.” 

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Douglass thanked the City of Prince George employee who recognized the stolen truck, and the three co-workers that helped provide police with vital information.  Without this information, the suspect may not have been apprehended and the stolen property likely would not have been returned to the rightful owners, he said.

If you have any information about this or any other property related Criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.