Probation issued for stolen truck, copper wire

A Prince George man was sentenced Thursday to one year probation for his role in the theft of a pickup truck and copper wire from a local business.

In January Earl Wade Johnson was released from custody so he could attend an addictions treatment program after he pleaded guilty to the charges related to the August 2015 incident.

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How he did while on the program would play significant role in the decision on his sentence, Johnson was told at the time of his release.

Johnson was one of three men arrested Aug. 31, 2015 three days after the truck, as well as a flat deck trailer and several spools of insulated copper wire worth nearly $5,000, went missing from the yard of a 2000-block Ogilvie Street business.

An off-duty RCMP officer spotted the pickup abandoned off Kimball Road near the Bon Voyage Plaza. Police subsequently set up a surveillance and, when the suspects showed up to retrieve the truck, Mounties followed them to a property on Sykes Road off Highway 16 near the west edge of Prince George.

The three were arrested at the scene and the stolen items were recovered.

On Thursday, Johnson was also assessed $400 in victim surcharges on the charges related to the incident - possession of property for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property over $5,000. He was also assessed a $100 victim surcharge for breach of probation from a separate incident.

In March, Eric Wayde Thor Johnson was sentenced to 18 months probation and assessed $400 in victim surcharges, also for possession of property for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

And in November 2015, Robert Douglas Leslie was sentenced to a day in jail and assessed $200 in victim surcharges for two counts of breach of an undertaking or recognizance.

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