Police dogs help Prince George RCMP arrest fleeing truck theft suspects

Police Service Dog Jak tracked through brush for two kilometres before the suspects were located

Police dogs helped the Prince George RCMP arrest two people who fled from a stolen vehicle Friday morning (April 12).

At approximately 7:15 a.m. on Friday, a member of the Prince George RCMP’s Police Dog Services Section located a stolen 2003 Ford F-350 pickup travelling southbound on Highway 97, between Prince George and Hixon.

Before the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver turned onto Carver Road, went through a ditch and ended up stuck in a nearby field, according to a press release from the RCMP. The adult male driver and adult female passenger fled on foot into a wooded area.

More officers arrived to assist, including two other Police Dog Service teams. Police Service Dog Jak was deployed to track the two suspects. Jak tracked through brush for approximately two kilometres until the suspects were located and arrested with the assistance of Police Service Dog Taz.

A loaded shotgun, an improvised explosive device and other weapons were located in close proximity to the male suspect, according to police.

The 19-year-old woman was transported to the RCMP Detachment after a brief stop at the hospital for treatment of minor bite wounds. The 27-year-old man was transported directly to the detachment. Police say both are from Prince George, and both will be held for court.

The recovered truck had been reported stolen at approximately 4:15 a.m. from a residence on Piedmont Crescent in Prince George.

The BC RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Section was called in to safely destroy the improvised explosive device.

Police ask anyone who has any information about vehicle theft in the community to contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.

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