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Theft from vehicle leads to jail time

A Prince George man will spend the next 45 days in jail after pleading guilty to stealing a laptop and a tablet from a parked car.

At approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, an RCMP officer saw a man wearing a uniform from a local business chasing another man on Second Avenue near Ottawa Street.  The man being chased was carrying a laptop bag and a tablet.

The officer directed the man to stop, however the man altered course and kept running.  A foot chase ensured and the man discarded the laptop bag and a tablet.  A short time later the officer caught the man and placed him under arrest near Second Avenue and Scotia Street.

Investigation found that the man had opened an unlocked door and removed a laptop computer and a tablet from a parked vehicle.  An employee of a local business responsible for the vehicle, confronted him.  The suspect fled and was spotted by the officer shortly after.

Jordy Martin Visser-Hayne, 22, was remanded in custody over the weekend.  He attended court on Monday September 9 and pled guilty to theft under $5,000.  He was sentenced to 45 days in custody followed by one year probation.

If you have any information about property related crimes in the Prince George area, 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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