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Man arrested after attempting to steal firearms from Prince George Canadian Tire

Skyler Joseph Jakesta is scheduled to appear in court today (Oct. 21)
Canadian Tire Prince George
Canadian Tire in Prince George. (via HockeyCircles)

Mounties in Prince George have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection to a commercial break-and-enter this morning (Oct. 21). 

Cpl. Craig Douglass says just after midnight, police received a report that the Prince George Canadian Tire on Domano Boulevard was being broken into. 

When officers arrived, a Police Dog Service Team found damage to the front doors and one officer could see the suspect trying to break into a secured area that contained firearms. 

The suspect then took off and fled through the store before coming out of the front door where officers arrested him.

Police say Skyler Joseph Jakesta was found with a hunting knife and axe, and was also wearing clothes from the business. 

Investigators believe the Jakesta was acting on his own and was not able to gain access to the firearms storage area. 

Douglass says surveillance and a search of the store was performed by Police Service Dog 'Cash.'

The BC Prosecution Service as approved the following charges against Jakesta: 

  • Break-and-enter to commit an indictable offence
  • Break-and-enter with intent to commit an indictable offence. 
  • Break-and-enter with intent to steal firearms
  • Possession of break in instruments
  • Failing to comply with probation

Police say Jakesta only recently moved to Prince George and has been the subject of numerous police contacts during the past five months.

He also has a history with authorities in numerous other northern communities. 

Douglass says Jakesta will appear in court today.