Missing dirt bikes recovered

Keen eyes and a quick phone call lead to the recovery of stolen property earlier this week.

The Fort St. John RCMP received a report o March 29 from a local business that three dirt bikes had been stolen On March 31, a citizen familiar with the missing bikes spotted them in the back of a pickup truck. He called the police, who were able to locate the vehicle on the Alaska Highway and attempted a traffic stop. The truck drove away quickly, which the RCMP chose not to pursue for the safety of other drivers on the highway.

The truck's license plate, along with other further evidence, allowed police to gather enough evidence to locate and arrest three adults and four youth involved in the case. Search warrants were executed for a residence and two vehicles. The missing dirt bikes, along with five vehicle light bars and other stolen property, were recovered.

Police are recommending charges of possession of stolen property and flight against 21 year old Cory Edward Nome and charges of break and enter, theft and possession of stolen property against 19 year old Ryan Alan Howatt and 20 year old Bronte Addison Kesta. One boy and one girl are facing charges of break and enter, theft and possession of stolen property, while further charges against two other boys are expected.

All suspects were released with conditions, including curfew and bail supervision. They will appear in court on April 30.

Fort St. John RCMP is asking anyone who has reported a light bar stolen in the past months to contact the investigating officer at 250-787-8100.

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