Multi-jurisdictional crime suspects arrested by police

Chilliwack, Upper Fraser Valley, BC – Two men from Alberta face criminal charges as Chilliwack RCMP track crime suspects across the Lower Mainland.

The charges stem from a report made to the Chilliwack RCMP around 11 pm on February 18, 2020 of a suspicious pickup truck parked at a housing complex in the 45000-block of Luckakuck Way. Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) investigators quickly linked the pickup truck to a vehicle reported stolen to the Kelowna RCMP.

As officers continued to gather evidence their investigation led them to a parking lot in New Westminster where the occupants abandoned the first truck in exchange for a second allegedly stolen vehicle.

Upper Fraser Valley Regional RCMP
Upper Fraser Valley Regional RCMP

The investigation continued taking police to a service station in Langley where the truck collided with a Chilliwack RCMP police vehicle before speeding away. A 27-year-old man from Calgary, Alberta running away from the vehicle was arrested by police following a brief foot chase.

In short time the suspect vehicle was located by Abbotsford Police Department (APD) travelling on Clearbrook Road where after failing to stop for police the vehicle crashed into a small pond. The alleged operator of the vehicle – a 25-year-old man from Calgary was arrested by police.

James Chartrand, 27, is charged with failure to comply with a condition of release.

Sebastian Thomas Tait, 25, is charged with possession of property, motor vehicle, obtained by crime, operation of a conveyance dangerous to the public, fail to stop for police, operate a motor vehicle while prohibited and two counts of failure to comply with condition of release.

Both men remain in custody.

“Criminals travel across jurisdictional boundaries to commit crime and law enforcement agencies work together across jurisdictional boundaries to apprehend them,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

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 # 2020-6606

Upper Fraser Valley Regional RCMP

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