Man charged after report of vehicle theft, crash, running from police

Multiple charges have been laid

A man is in custody facing multiple charges after a crime spree this weekend in Terrace that include a stolen vehicle, dangerous driving, breaking and entering, and resisting arrest.

On Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m., RCMP was initially contacted when a truck was stolen from a residential driveway on Highland Drive.

The man was allegedly reported to have walked into a home saying he was looking for clothing and drove away with the truck right after. Police then received calls of a truck matching the stolen vehicle’s description, smashing a trailer on the 4000 block of Thomas Street and driving erratically down Lanfear Hill.

The vehicle was located shortly when it crashed on the 4900 block of Davis Ave., but the man had fled the scene.

RCMP received a report of a suspicious man in a backyard on the 3300 block of Thomas Street, with other similar calls nearby. Officers, with the Police Dog Services Unit, attended the area.

The man matching the description was then located near Canadian Tire, where he fled from police on foot. He was apprehended in front of the store.

Following Sunday’s events, Neil Lenard Strain, 48, faces one count each of break and enter, dangerous driving, theft of motor vehicle, resist arrest and mischief. He also faces charges of resist arrest and loitering at night near a house from the day before.

Another vehicle was reported stolen just before 1 p.m. on Oct. 20 from the 4900 block of Labelle Ave. It was later located the same day at approximately 6:30 p.m. on the 4900 block of McConnell Ave. Police are still investigating.

If you have information about crime contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at

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