RCMP release description of suspect in Backcountry break and enter

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Police have released a description of the suspect vehicle in a break and enter that occurred at Backcountry early Tuesday morning.

Staff Sergeant Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP said police were alerted to a multiple hit alarm at Backcountry at approximately 4:30 this morning. Police discovered that a green 1996 Ford F250 pickup was stolen from the parking lot of a nearby business and was used to ram through the exterior wall of the store. Perret said that the lone male suspect then drove through the store, causing extensive damage to merchandise and displays.

A still from surveillance video of the stolen vehicle used in this morning’s break and enter at Backcountry. Photo by RCMP

“Investigators are still working with Backcountry staff to identify what was stolen from the store,” said S/Sgt. Perret. “Our primary concern was with firearms, which all are accounted for. This was a senseless act, causing extensive damage to the store and merchandise. It will be some time for the damage to be repaired.”

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Perret added that it is currently unclear whether anything was stolen from the sporting goods store, as the amount of damage is making it difficult for the store’s owner to take inventory. The stolen pickup was later found burning on Tucker Road near the 267 Road.

The Fort St John RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying the lone male suspect, who was wearing dark-coloured high visibility coveralls over top of a light-coloured hoodie. The RCMP are also looking for a possible witness to the incident after a pedestrian was observed on surveillance video walking eastbound along Alaska Road near Backcountry just minutes before the B&E occurred.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Fort St John RCMP at 250‐787‐8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1‐800‐222‐8477. Crime Stoppers tipsters do not have to provide their name, address or telephone number and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000 for information leading to an arrest and charge.

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