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Two separate incidents of theft from vehicles

Early this morning police responded to two separate incidents involving theft from vehicles.

Just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday March 17, the Prince George RCMP received a report of two men breaking into vehicles along the 1400 block of 20th Avenue in Prince George.  The suspects fled on foot down Pine Street.

Officers attended the area and made patrols.  The suspects were located in a trailer park on Norwood Street.  One suspect was compliant and arrested without further incident.  The other, continued to flee on foot towards a nearby alley.  An officer pursued on foot, making an arrest a short time later.  A number of stolen items were located.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved the following Criminal Code charges against 36-year-old Murphy John George of Prince George:

  • Theft under $5000
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
  • Resist arrest

The BC Prosecution Service has approved the following Criminal Code charges against 36-year-old Joseph Patrick Courtoreille of Prince George:

  • Theft under $5000
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
  • Possession of break-in instruments

Both men were released by the court and are scheduled to appear again on May 13.

At approximately 3:15 a.m., the Prince George RCMP receive a report from a security company advising of a suspicious-looking man in a pickup truck parked in a lot on Rec Place Drive in Prince George.  The suspect jumped out of the vehicle and fled across Highway 16 before police arrived.  A police dog service team were called into assist, however the suspect was not located.  A number of items stolen from the truck were recovered and returned to the owner.

The suspect is described as:

  • First Nations male;
  • Approximately 183 cm (6′) tall;
  • Wearing a toque, black hoody under an olive green ski jacket and dark pants.

Police would like to remind residents and visitors to lock vehicles doors and never leave anything of value in the vehicle.

If you have any information about property related criminal offences or 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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