MMA fighter linked to alleged dog theft

The man arrested last week in part for allegedly stealing a puppy is an accomplished mixed martial arts fighter.

According to Tapology, a website devoted to the sport, Ryan "Ruthless" Chiappe has a record of 10 wins and eight losses, his most recent fight a first-round knockout win in August 2013 at the Five Star Fight League 8 Barefoot Beach Battle in Penticton.

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Since then, five fights involving Chiappe have been canceled and an injury to Chiappe has been posted as the reason for one cancellation.

The website lists him as born in Prince George but fighting out of Vancouver.

One of the conditions of his release from custody is that he stay at least 50 kilometres away from Prince George except for court appearances.

Chiappe is affiliated with Langley-based Revolution Martial Arts and Fitness, according to Tapology, and according to another website, Gangsters Out, Revolution has had ties to the Hells Angels.

Chiappe, 36, was arrested Dec. 5 after police pulled him over and found the allegedly stolen dog in his vehicle. Prince George RCMP then executed a search warrant on a Minotti Drive home associated with Chiappe and found two stolen motor bikes.

As a result, Chiappe faces several charges: two counts each of theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and breach of an undertaking or recognizance, and one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000, assault causing bodily harm, assault, obstructing justice, extortion and uttering threats.

Chiappe also continues to face four counts of possession of a controlled substance in Port Coquitlam. That matter is schedule for trial on provincial court in February.

Prince George RCMP have said they are very familiar with Chiappe having come into contact with him nearly 100 times since 2007.

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