LISIMS/NASS Valley RCMP arrested a man for hitchhiking, who turned out to be a vehicle thief last weekend.
The stolen truck, a 1989 Ford pickup reported to have been taken from the Laxgalts’ap Forest Company lot on Hwy 113 in Laxgalts’ap around 10:30 p.m. June 1, was recovered by police near Lava Lake where it had run out of gas, said police in a release today, June 4.
Officers were patrolling Hwy 113 near Gitwinksihlkw when they located a suspicious male hitchhiking towards Laxgalts’ap, said the release. Hitchhiking is an offence under Sec. 182(3) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
The man was subsequently arrested for the theft when his story to police did not add up, the release continued.
Police are seeking charges of theft under $5,000 and prohibited driving, said the release.
The suspect was released with a court appearance on July 15 in New Aiyansh.