Man arrested after police discover $65,000 worth of heavy equipment stolen from evacuees

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – One man has been arrested after police units discovered $65,000 in heavy equipment being stashed at a property that was taken from evacuees in wildfire zones.

The Combined Special Forces Unit of British Columbia says members were engaged in proactive enforcement in the wild fire evacuated zones after receiving information of a ‘potential prolific property offender being active within the zone.’


A joint forces operation was conducted by the CFSEU-BC, in coordination with members of the Burnaby RCMP Strike Force, BC Conservation Service, and RCMP’s “E” Division North District Federal and Serious Organized Crime Unit.

A search was conducted on a remote property in the Beaver Creek area outside of Williams Lake where items were found.

The search of the property resulted in officers finding the heavy equipment.

38-year-old Big Lake resident Shane Brady was arrested and faces charges of Possession of Stolen Property with a value higher than $5,000. He remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for July 20, 2017.