One stop nets three arrests for RCMP
In business, they talk about return on investment. That's exactly what the Prince George RCMP got this week when one stolen vehicle investigation netted three people wanted on a variety of offences. At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police got a call about a stolen Honda Odyssey minivan from a residence on Castle Road, just off Highway 97 South of Prince George. Within minutes, the stolen vehicle was observed by police on Queensway in Prince George. Members of the Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Section with assistance from General Duty officers, conducted a vehicle stop of the minivan near the corner of George Street and Third Avenue in downtown Prince George. The female driver of the vehicle, later identified as 29-year- old Holly Ann Sopel, was apparently aggressive towards police who say she assaulted an officer attempting to arrest her. Two male passengers in the vehicle were arrested without incident. The first man is a 24-year-old Prince George resident who is currently on the Prince George RCMP’s prolific offender list. The second man, 42 years old, was on parole in Prince George. His parole has now been revoked. The following charges have been approved by Provincial Crown Counsel: Theft of a Motor Vehicle
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Assault a Peace Officer Obstructing a Peace Officer Thanks to the public, Sopel is believed to be responsible for shoplifting at a retail store last month. On June 24, the Prince George RCMP requested the assistance of the public to identify a shoplifter from a grocery retail chain from an incident that occurred on June 13th, 2016. The suspect stole approximately $75 worth of hair dye and razors and had a distinctive tattoo. A surveillance image of the suspect was distributed to the public and police received enough information that Crown Counsel approved a charge of Theft Under $5,000. If you have any information about a Criminal offence or persons responsible for a Criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword pgtips. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash reward.
Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a stolen bike and the thief riding it. On Wednesday July 13th, 2016 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Prince George RCMP responded to a report of a stolen bike on Domano Boulevard near Highway 16 in Prince George. A youth male left his bike outside a fast food restaurant for a minute and came out to find someone riding away with it. He attempted to stop the thief, but was unsuccessful. Patrols were made throughout the area, but were also unsuccessful. The thief is described as: First Nations female Approximately 25 years old Wearing a long sleeve red jacket, blue jeans and carrying a black back pack The thief rode away with a male on a lime green BMX bike. The stolen bike is described as: Specialized P26 Mountain bike Red and black Valued at $1500
Unfortunately, the bike owner did not have record of the serial number. In partnership with Project 529, the Prince George RCMP will be at many community and bicycle related events this summer registering bicycles on 529 Garage. The process is free and only takes five minutes per bike. Please watch for us and register your bikes. Police would like to remind bicycle owners to ALWAYS lock your bike with the best lock that you can afford. All bicycle retailers in our community can offer good advice on which locks to buy and the best way to lock your bike. If you have any information about this or any other bike thefts, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text- A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword pgtips. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.
Bike thieves are everywhere - RCMP