Sentences issued for possessing stolen property

Two men caught with a trove of property stolen from homes on Norman Lake and area were sentenced Friday.

David Michael O'Neill, 31, was sentenced to a further seven months and 23 days in jail for break and enter with intent to commit an offence and possessing a stolen weapon, along with concurrent terms of three months for possessing a weapon contrary to an order, 58 days for possessing stolen property under $5,000 and 30 days for resisting police.

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O'Neill was also sentenced to 18 months probation on the counts.

Gary Edward Felix, 31, was sentenced to 18 months probation on the same counts as well as fleeing police and assaulting an officer with a weapon.

Felix had remained in custody since he was arrested on Aug. 16, 2017 - a total of one year, one month and 13 days. O'Neill had spent 86 days in custody following his arrest.

Over the four days that led up to their arrests, RCMP had received a number of reports of break and enters on homes on Norman Lake and other rural locations west of Prince George.

A member of the Prince George RCMP's general duty section was returning from investigating one of those break-ins when he saw a suspicious vehicle traveling on Norman Lake Road - a cube van from a rental company.

When the officer tried to pull the van over, the driver refused to stop and instead headed back towards Highway 16, then east towards Prince George, then north on Telachick Road, where a spike belt was used to stop the vehicle. By then, about 10 minutes had passed.

O'Neill and Felix fled on foot and ammunition was found in the cab of the van leading police to believe the suspects may be armed.

Police called in a tracking dog and handler and, despite feeling the effects of bear mace in the area, RCMP found and arrested the two.

Dozens of items were found in the van, including a SKS rifle, a revolver handgun, power tools and an ATV. Police followed up with a search of a Wilson Crescent home where they found dozens more items including a rifle, a shotgun, ammunition, power tools, bicycles, chainsaws and computers.

And a subsequent search of a van found on the property uncovered two outboard motors, a generator, a compressor and a vacuum, among other items.

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