UPDATE – The RCMP has released the names of three people arrested in connection with the incident.

Douglas Goodings was arrested and held for court.  BC Crown Council has approved criminal charges of:

Alan Renouf was arrested and held for court.  Renouf is now facing criminal charges of:

Melanie Lizotte was released by police on an Undertaking with a court date of April 25, 2022, and is facing approved charges of:

Suspect #4 – Charges were not approved against the female passenger of the truck though she is being held on warrants out of Alberta and will be transferred to Alberta to deal with those matters.

Original Story:

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP says officers caught four individuals in the act of stealing commercial copper cable from a locked compound Friday morning.

The detachment received a report of a break and enter in progress on the 10000 block of 94th Avenue at 4:32 a.m. The four were immediately arrested when police arrived, but two individuals tried to flee.

A man and woman ran to a pickup nearby in an attempt to escape arrest, nearly running a frontline police officer over, according to the detachment. The driver reportedly refused to comply with police and was pepper-sprayed through an open window just before being taken into custody.

A second man and woman were also arrested on scene. The second man was found to be breaching his conditional sentence order.

The first woman was released on this matter on an undertaking with a court date of March 24th but was subsequently arrested on outstanding warrants out of Alberta. The second woman was also released on an undertaking with a court date of April 25th.

“The quick reaction of the frontline police officers working, together, made this a very successful apprehension,” said Cst Chad Neustaeter, Fort St John RCMP Media Relations Officer. “This gets two prolific offenders off the street and stopped any further damage to the property in the process.”

Both men have extensive police histories and are being held in custody for court on Friday.