Suspects in a stolen truck arrested by Mounties

Chilliwack, Upper Fraser Valley, BC – Two people were arrested and one person is charged after the RCMP tracked a stolen truck to a Chilliwack Lake Road address.

On the evening of January 12, 2020 around 7:15 the Chilliwack RCMP received a call reporting a stolen truck and the unusual actions of an individual outside a business in the 5600-block of Vedder Road. Evidence gathered by the general duty officer attending the complaint identified the vehicle as reported stolen to Langley RCMP and provided the description of a suspect.

Jail Cell
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The vehicle was quickly sighted and led the officer- supported by the Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Section (IPDS) to an address in the 51000-block of Chilliwack Lake Road. As police approached, the alleged operator reversed the truck crashing into a police vehicle and narrowly missing the officers and police service dog before speeding away.

Within an hour, the police again located the vehicle abandoned in nearby campground where a police service dog tracked the suspect to a trailer in the 50000-block of O’bryne Road. A 37-year-old man from Chilliwack was arrested by police outside of the trailer while a second person was taken into custody inside during the execution of a warrant to search and a confrontation with police.

Gary Wayne Christie, 51, of Maple Ridge is charged with possession of stolen property, dangerous operation of a conveyance, assault with intent to resist arrest, assault peace officer with a weapon, mischief under $5000, and wilfully kill, maim, law enforcement animal. Mr. Christie remains in custody pending a court appearance in February.

“An alert citizen reporting unusual activity is key to the arrest of a dangerous individual and the recovery of stolen property,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD. Our officers relied on training and skill to safely conclude a risky situation.

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

File # 2020-1548

Upper Fraser Valley Regional RCMP

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