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Stolen Vehicle driven into Charlie Lake FSJ18-9059

2018-09-07 15:54 PDT

On September 5th, 2018, just before 8am, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen F-350 which occurred overnight from the area of 101st Ave /92nd St in Fort St John, BC. Later that same morning the stolen F-350 was located, fully submerged in Charlie Lake, after being driven, nose first, into the lake at the Beatton Provincial Park boat launch. The Fort St John RCMP confirmed there were no occupants in the truck at the time it was located. A witness observed the truck being driven into the Park around 10:30pm on September 4th, 2018. The owner of the truck has been notified.

The Fort St John RCMP request the assistance of the public with providing any useful information in regards to this theft. It is believed the truck, described as a white 2017 Ford F-350, was stolen between 9pm and 10:30pm on September 4th.

The Fort St John RCMP also wish to take this opportunity to remind vehicle owners/drivers to:

  • -remove all keys,
  • -remove any valuables such as cell phones, money, ID’s and wallets,
  • -lock their vehicles any time they leave them unattended and especially overnight.

There has been a recent rash of thefts of Ford F-350’s over the summer but thieves are also looking for easy targets that are left unlocked or have visible valuables which are an inviting temptation.

Thieves are looking for the easiest targets they can find and seeing valuables make them think the possible pay off is worth the risk, said Cst NEUSTAETER.

The Fort St John RCMP continues to investigate and are sharing information with other neighbouring detachments in BC and Alberta.

The Fort St John RCMP are asking anyone with information about the suspect(s) or this incident or any other vehicle thefts to call the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or attend the detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.

Released by

Cst. Chad Neustaeter
Media Relations Officer
Fort St John RCMP

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