Two suspects arrested after many B&Es west of the city

There's been a number of break and enter reports to local police to Norman Lake properties and others west of Prince George and on Tuesday night two suspects were caught and placed under arrest for the crimes.

A local officer was returning from a break-in investigation at about 11:30 Tuesday when he noticed a suspicious cube van on Norman Lake Road. It was a rental.

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When the police officer turned on the lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop the van took off towards Highway 16 and turned towards Prince George and then onto Telachick Road, which has two accesses to the highway.

At about 11:40 p.m. a spike belt was used to stop the van and the two suspects fled on foot. Ammunition was found in the cab of the van leading officers to believe the suspects were armed.

A police dog service team came to the scene to track the suspects through a wooded area. About 10 minutes later officers started to feel the effects of bear mace. Several minutes later police had both 30-year-old male suspects under arrest.

More information to come as the investigation progresses.

"We believe that the van is full of stolen items from rural break and enters," Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP, said. "We will be attempting to identify the owners of the recovered property. We are asking the public to check their properties and report break and enters and stolen property. It is likely that some of the break and enters have not yet been discovered and reported."

To report a break and enter or theft of property that has previously occurred, call the Prince George RCMP's non-emergency line at 250-561-3300.

If anyone has any information about property offences or the persons responsible, contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword "pgtips".

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