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Charges approved against man caught in stolen vehicle

It took the RCMP a couple of days but they tracked down a man driving a stolen vehicle around town.

On Tuesday July 2. at approximately 6:45 p.m., the Prince George RCMP received a report that a vehicle had been stolen near the intersection of 14th Avenue and Irwin Street.  A window was left down and the keys were left in it.

The next day police received information that the stolen vehicle was parked on the 500 block of Central Street West.  The detachment’s Street Crew Unit was called to assist, however the vehicle departed the area before an arrest could be made or the vehicle recovered.

On Thursday July 4, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a member of the detachment’s Street Crew Unit located the vehicle being driven in an alleyway near the 4300-block of First Avenue.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver made attempts to exit the alley, but was quickly surrounded by police.  The driver then attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended a short distance away.  An adult male passenger in the vehicle was also taken into custody.

Leonard Earl Prince, 41, of Prince George has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, resisting arrest, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Prince was held overnight and will appear in court later today.  The passenger was released without charge.

If you have any information about vehicle thefts in the Prince George area or the persons responsible, 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.

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