$15,000 worth of construction equipment recovered in Hope, one man arrested

Police arrested the man after a resident reported a ‘prowler’ at a Fort Street construction site

Over $15,000 worth of construction equipment has been recovered and a Hope man has been arrested after RCMP received a call from a resident about a ‘prowler’ at a local construction site.

Earlier this month, Hope RCMP said they received a call from a resident about copper wire allegedly stolen from a construction site in the 300-block of Fort Street. The same resident called police again on April 10 to report someone at the site.

“Frontline police officers arrived at the address where a 34-year-old man from Hope was quickly located and arrested by police,” a news release stated Wednesday (April 29). The man was later released from custody.

Further investigation led police to two locations, one on Water Street and another on Douglas Street, connected with the previously arrested man. Over $15,000 worth of tools and equipment were recovered by police at the locations and have since been returned to the construction site owner confirmed Staff Sergeant Karol Rehdner.

Police say they will now be continuing their investigation and forwarding a report to the BC Prosecutors Service who will assess and decide on any criminal charges.

As the arrest was made with the help of a resident reporting the activity, RCMP remind people who witness suspicious activity to call Hope RCMP at 604-869-7750 or, should they want to remain anonymous, via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



emelie.peacock@hopestandard.com

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