RCMP have arrested a suspect in a series of thefts. (Black Press file photo)

Suspect arrested for thefts from Quesnel vehicles

Police ask public to always report even small crimes

Using social media and the public’s help, a suspect has been arrested by Quesnel RCMP regarding the break-ins of several vehicles. The alleged culprit is a 30-year-old man named Gordon Pagens. These allegations have not been proven in court.

“On May 16, after reviewing several videos posted on local social media pages, Quesnel RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit along with the General Investigations Section, entered into an investigation into a man who had committed several thefts from vehicles during the night time hours over the preceding month,” said Quesnel RCMP media relations officer Sgt. Clay Kronebusch.

Police felt that the figure in the videos bore a resemblance to a repeat offender who was known to the Quesnel RCMP. They investigate Pagens on this belief and he was subsequently arrested and found in possession of several allegedly stolen bank cards.

Charges of possession of stolen property and failing to comply with conditions have been laid against Pagens, who remains in custody awaiting further court appearances. The results of the investigation have been sent to the BC Prosecution Services for assessment and other charges may be forthcoming.

“During the course of the investigation, police learned that the majority of the victims did not report any of the thefts, or frauds to the RCMP,” said Kronebusch. “If you are the victim of property crime, please make sure you report it to police. Even if the theft is minor in nature, the reports help police to be able to tie other crimes in the area together to solve these ongoing issues. If you or someone you know have video of offences occurring in your neighbourhood, please share them with police as they can help in identifying suspects.”

Quesnel RCMP want to remind everyone to make sure they do not leave valuable items in their vehicles and lock your vehicle doors.

Quesnel RCMP also want to remind everyone of the option to report some of these offences on-line at http://report.rcmp.ca.

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