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Auto theft suspect finds himself walking after stolen dump truck breaks down along highway

Front line RCMP officers were dispatched on May 4, not on a combat mission, but to a sighting of what turned out to be an auto theft suspect allegedly abandoning a stolen dump truck alongside Highway 97C between Ashcroft and Logan Lake BC.

On May 4, just before 9:30 a.m., Logan Lake RCMP received a report that a security guard, for a private company, spotted a broken down white Ford F550 dump truck in the northbound lanes of Highway 97C. The security guard who found the situation to be suspicious, noted that the dump truck was covered in decals associating it to a garden nursery based in West Kelowna in BC’s Central Okanagan.

The security guard took the exceptional step to contact the business directly and was able to determine that the dump truck had in fact been stolen overnight, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. Armed with a description of the suspect who walked away from the dumped stolen dump truck towards Ashcroft, Logan Lake RCMP officers located and arrested him without incident.

Police seized items they considered to be break and enter tools upon the man’s arrest, which they determined was in breach of one of his conditions of release related to an incident near Williams Lake.

The 22-year-old Williams Lake man was later released from police custody on additional strict conditions. He faces a number of additional potential charges and is expected to make his first appearance in Merritt Law Counts on July 20, 2021.

If you witnessed this incident, or have any dash camera footage of the dump truck or the suspect and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Logan Lake RCMP at 250-523-6222.