One man is in custody and facing several charges following a string of property crimes in Prince George over the last month.
Phillip Thompson Cooper, 50, who recently relocated to Prince George from the Terrace area, has been charged with three counts of break and enter to commit and indictable offence, four counts of possession of ammunition while prohibited, possession of break-in instruments, possession of property obtained by crime.
Just after 6 a.m. on Thursday March 30, the Prince George RCMP responded to a break and enter to a commercial business on the 1600 block of Nicholson Street in Prince George. A small amount of cash was taken, but no suspects were located.
On Saturday April 1, the Prince George RCMP responded to a break and enter to a business on the Commercial Crescent in Prince George. Merchandise valued at several thousand dollars was taken, but the suspect was not located.
On Sunday April 23, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a stolen Nissan Pathfinder that was taken from outside a residence on Ingledew Street sometime the night before.
At approximately 3 p.m. the same day, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a break and enter at a business located on the 1700 block of Quinn Street. Approximately $2,000 was taken. A lone male suspect and what’s believed to be the stolen Pathfinder, were observed on video surveillance.
On Tuesday April 25, members of the Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit with assistance from the Detachment’s General Duty Section, attended an address on the 1600 block of Queensway Street and arrested a man believed to be responsible for these offences. The stolen Pathfinder was recovered.
Prince George has been experiencing an increase in break and enter offences so far this year. Property owners are encouraged to take the necessary steps to secure your property when you are not there. The Prince George RCMP’s Community Policing Section offers free residential and business security evaluations. Call 250-561-3366 to make an appointment.
If you have any information about these Criminal offences or other property related crimes, 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.