Police have now charged two men following a string of recent rural break and enters.
On August 16, members of the Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit executed a search warrant on a rental van seized by police following the arrest of the two men. Dozens of items were located including a SKS rifle, a revolver handgun, power tools and an ATV, say police.
The investigation has led officers to obtain and execute a search warrant at a residence on Wilson Crescent in Prince George on the late evening of August 16. During the search dozens of items were located including a rifle, a shotgun, ammunition, power tools, bicycles, chainsaws and computers. Some of these items have already been confirmed to have been stolen. The remaining items are believed to be stolen.
The residential search led officers to obtain and execute another search warrant, this time on a van parked on the property. The warrant was executed on August 18, and as a result, two outboard motors, a generator, a compressor, a vacuum and other items were seized. Some of the items have already been confirmed to have been stolen.
David Michael O’Neill, a 30-year-old Prince George resident, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and possession of ammunition while prohibited.
Edward Gary Felix, a 30-year-old Prince George resident, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and resisting arrest.
Further charges are possible. Both were remanded in custody for the weekend and will appear in Provincial Court later today.
“Investigators are continuing to seek out the rightful owners of the property they have seized,” said Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. “We are asking the public to check their properties and report Break & Enters and stolen property including serial numbers.”
To report a break and enter or theft of property that has previously occurred, call the Prince George RCMP’s non-emergency line at 250-561-3300.