Mounties arrest suspected thief

Three vehicles were broken into Sunday near Ruskin Dam

A suspected car thief who was awaiting trial was apprehended by police again this past weekend.

Mission resident Christopher Morris was taken into custody after a 45-minute manhunt in Silverdale.

Police were called to the Ruskin Dam parking lot around 2 p.m. on Sunday to investigate a report that someone was breaking into vehicles. Mounties from Mission and Maple Ridge responded and found three vehicles were damaged and items were stolen from each one.

Mounties spotted the suspect vehicle, a red Dodge Neon, fleeing the area and attempted to pull it over. The driver, however, accelerated away and was eventually forced to stop when he came to a dead end on McLean Street.

A 41-year-old female was arrested but the male driver fled. A police dog unit combed the area for 45 minutes and located the suspect.

“Mission RCMP are working hard to reduce property crime in the area” said Staff Sgt. Rob Dixon. “This arrest was an excellent example of the many successes we have had this year by targeting repeat offenders.”

Morris is facing several additional charges as a result of this incident, including possession of stolen property. theft, flight from police and breach of undertaking. He was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

The 44-year-old Mission resident was also facing possession of stolen property charges from an Aug. 30 incident.

The female suspect was released and charges are pending.

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