A 28-year-old Salmon Arm man found out that police agencies in the Lower Mainland work together, and do it well.
He was arrested for possession of stolen property for a truck that was stolen in Calgary after area police departments worked together to apprehend him Sept. 8.
Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender commended the departments involved.
"This is a great example of how our members are on the leading edge and why we are fortunate to have the RCMP serving our communities," he noted.
Late on that evening, a Langley RCMP supervisor working general duty heard radio communications from a Fraser Valley Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) officer following a stolen pick-up truck in Langley's Willoughby area.
The supervisor was nearby and started moving that way.
The IRSU officer then reported the stolen vehicle had turned off its lights and was northbound on 206 Street.
The patrol supervisor attempted to deploy the spike belt when the stolen vehicle drove past him heading directly into a dead end.
The two officers followed the vehicle onto a residential property in the 20400 block of 84th Avenue where the truck had crashed near the edge of the property and the driver had fled on foot.
General duty officers from Langley set up perimeter locations around the area and Lower Mainland Police Dog Services (PDS) was called to attend.
The dog unit was able to establish a track and it became evident the suspect had run into several perimeter police units, forcing him back into the bush, explained Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.
Langley RCMP Communications played a crucial role in ensuring the suspect was contained, by moving perimeter points based on information provided by the dog handler and her general duty colleague, Marks said.
After nearly an hour and a half, the dog and colleague located the suspect hiding in tall grass.
Tyrone Emblau is being hel in custody until Sept. 13 on two charges of possession of stolen property.
That relates to the truck and its contents. Further investigation revealed that the motorbike in the back of the pick-up truck had been stolen during a break and enter in Vernon on Aug. 4 of this year.
"The successful conclusion to this investigation is a great example of our units working together 'to catch a bad guy'. In this instance, a number of members from a variety of Langley Detachment units worked seamlessly with integrated units from the Lower Mainland," said Supt. Derek Cooke.