Charges approved in break and enter, semi-truck theft

A man with a history of committing similar crimes has been charged in connection with a break and enter that led to the discovery of a stolen semi-truck.

The B.C. Prosecution Service has approved four counts against Clinton Jay Baraniuk, 31, from an August 11 arrest when, just after midnight, Prince George RCMP's Street Crew Unit were called to a break in at a 2300-block Ospika Boulevard business.

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In a statement issued Tuesday, RCMP said the suspect fled on foot but was found hiding nearby. When he refused to comply with police commands, a police service dog was deployed and he was soon in custody.

The semi-truck, reported missing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, was found nearby, police said.

One count each of break and enter with intent, possessing break-in instruments, possessing stolen property over $5,000 and resisting arrest were approved against Baraniuk.

Baraniuk is known to the police and courts. In July, he was sentenced to an 18-month conditional sentence order and ordered to pay $1,760 restitution in relation to a small spree of commercial break and enters in August 2019.

He has remained in custody since his most recent arrest on a charge of breaching the conditional sentence order.

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