A suspected teenage thief all but turned himself over to the Langley RCMP after a botched truck theft in Brookswood on Aug. 16.
Just before 10 p.m., the police were alerted to an attempted pickup truck and trailer theft in the 20000 block of 24th Avenue, said Cpl. Holly Marks.
The thief only managed to drive a short distance before getting the trailer stuck against a telephone pole, said Marks.
Thinking better of his theft, the driver got out and witnesses saw him heading into a mobile home park nearby.
However, already in the area were members of the Langley RCMP Street Enforcement Unit, the Lower Mainland Police Dog Services, and the Air One helicopter – which now flies out of the Langley Regional Airport.
To add to the police presence, general duty officers flooded the area and established a perimeter around the mobile home park.
The search of the area continued, and a young man emerged from the area, approached an officer in plainclothes, and asked “Hey buddy, how do I get out of here?”
The teen matched the description of the suspect, and the officer promptly arrested the young man for possession of stolen property.
The 16-year-old Langley resident was found to already be wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.
He was held in custody over the weekend and appeared in court on Monday, Aug. 19 and was scheduled to appear again on Aug. 21.
Police will recommend charges related to the theft of the vehicle, said Marks.
“This is a great example of all of our support units being in the right place at the right time,” said Supt. Derek Cooke, the head of the Langley RCMP. “They were able to co-ordinate their efforts to arrest a very prolific young offender who has been extremely active in the Langley area for a number of years.”
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