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Houston and Smithers RCMP work to catch truck thief

Houston and Smithers RCMP coordinated a response on a stolen truck yesterday.

RCMP say according to a witness a man who had moments before been seen hitchhiking on the highway allegedly stole the truck from a workplace parking lot in east Houston.

The owner of the truck and a co-worker drove West on Highway 16 looking for the truck while Houston police coordinated a response with Smithers RCMP.

The truck’s owner found the truck driving near Telkwa and notified police.

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According to the RCMP the suspect pulled off the highway and fled on foot after dropping a duffle bag containing documents from his release from custody just 14 hours earlier.

RCMP located the man hiding behind a fence and took him into custody.

The RCMP say they have charged 25-year-old Ryan Laidlaw from Smithers with theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, breach of recognizance and driving while suspended.

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