Keen-eyed cop catches stolen vehicle

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One woman has charges pending after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Fort St. John and getting pulled over a short time later north of the city.

Shortly after 5:00 yesterday morning, a white 2008 Ford F250 pickup truck was reported stolen from the McDonalds parking lot on Alaska Rd. North. A member of the Fort St John RCMP was on patrol in the area and spotted the stolen truck travelling north on the Alaska Highway, pulling the vehicle over near Mile 58. The vehicle’s lone occupant, a 22-year old woman from Fort St. John, was arrested and taken into custody without incident. The suspect was later released from custody on a promise to appear in court on September 21st. Police are recommending a charge of Theft Over $5000.

Staff Sergeant Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP said in a release that “Fort St John is not immune from big city vehicle theft. I want to remind residents to always lock the doors when leaving their vehicle unattended and to never store valuables inside their vehicles. In this instance, we were fortunate to locate the stolen vehicle right away. This isn’t always the case with vehicle related theft.”

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