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Six arrests following bait property deployments

Last week officers with the Prince George RCMP’s Downtown Safety Unit  utilized bait property and nabbed several people.

On Tuesday December 10, members deployed a bait bike in the downtown core.  In just over an hour, three people were arrested for theft under $5,000.

A 29-year-old man was the first to be arrested just before 2 p.m.  He was followed approximately 30 minutes later, by a 36-year-old man, and then by a 22-year-old man about 30 minutes after that.

All three men are residents of Prince George and will appear in court on March 4.

On Friday December 13, the police deployed bait property inside a parked vehicle in downtown Prince George.

Just after 10 p.m., two men approached the vehicle and looked inside.  One of the men used a hammer to break a passenger side window of the vehicle, despite the fact a window was partly rolled down.  Both men grabbed items from the vehicle and fled on foot. 

Moments later, officers arrested 30-year-old Justin Dereck Murphy and 29-year-old Eugene William Jimmie a short distance away.  The stolen items were recovered.  One officer suffered a minor injury as a result of a struggle with a suspect.

While officers were arresting the two men, another man walked past the police vehicles involved in the arrests and continued toward the parked vehicle.  Despite the obvious police presence in the area, the man approached the vehicle and stole an item before fleeing on foot.  He was arrested a short distance later.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved the following charges against Justin Dereck Murphy of Prince George:

  • Theft under $5000
  • Resisting arrest
  • Mischief under $5000
  • Fail to comply with an Undertaking
  • Possession of break-in instruments

Murphy has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on Wednesday December 18.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved the following charges against Eugene William Jimmie of Prince George:

  • Theft under $5000
  • Resisting arrest

Jimmie has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Wednesday February 5.

The third man, a 37-year-old Prince George resident, was released by a justice and scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday January 15.

“Our bait programs continue to lead to arrests and charges of those people in our community that choose to steal from others,” said S/Sgt. Kent MacNeill, acting Operations Officer for the Prince George RCMP.  “We often have people in handcuffs within minutes of deploying bait property.  Having those people off the street will almost certainly prevent others from being victims.”

The Prince George RCMP will continue to deploy bait property and other tactics to identify and arrest those persons responsible for property related crime in our community.

If you have any information about property related Criminal offences or persons involved, 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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