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Two men arrested and firearm seized during theft investigation

A man well known to police is in custody and facing multiple firearms charges after fleeing from officers on Wednesday morning.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. members of the Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit were investigating report of a theft from motor vehicle in the 1400 block of Carney Street. While the police were investigating, two men, both of whom are well known to police, happened upon the officers and immediately tried to flee the area on foot when told to stop.

After a brief foot chase, both men were taken into custody. One man was found to have an empty gun holster concealed beneath his clothing and the other was in possession of identification that did not belong to him. The Prince George RCMP Police Dog Services attended and located a loaded pistol on the ground in close proximity to the man with the empty gun holster; it was later determined that the pistol was stolen.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved the following Criminal Code charges against 21-year-old Julien Lazarre of Prince George:

  • Possession of a firearm knowing the possession unauthorized
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a loaded prohibited/restricted firearm
  • Obstruct peace officer
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000

Lazarre has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance scheduled for Wednesday October 2.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved the following Criminal Code charges against 31-year-old Devin Olson of Prince George:

  • Obstruct peace officer
  • Identity theft

Olson has been released on bail and his next court appearance is scheduled for October 9.

If you have any information about this incident or any other(s) 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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