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Mountain bike thief caught in the act

One man is in custody and facing property related charges following an investigation that started with a found bicycle.

On September 21, at approximately 7:35 a.m., members of the Prince George RCMP’s Downtown Safety Unit and General Duty Section were dispatched to a report of a found mountain bike in an alley near Seconnd Avenue.

The mountain bike appeared to be new and very expensive. Believing this to be highly unusual and that something was wrong, officers conducted checks of local businesses and discovered illegal entry had been made to one business. Officers entered the business and located a man decked out in new clothing and about to remove another expensive mountain bike. The man was arrested without incident. Upon review of video surveillance, the suspect is seen removing four bikes before police arrival. One of the bikes was the one that led police to the business.

Through investigation and with the help from the public, all the bikes and other stolen property were located stashed throughout the downtown area. The items, estimated to be worth over $26,000, were returned to the business.

Clinton Levi Poitras has been charged with break and enter and theft over $5,000.

He has been remanded in custody at least until his first court appearance scheduled for Wednesday September 22nd.

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, 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.

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