Prolific offender Shaun Bolko sentenced for truck theft

The Chilliwack man was arrested in Abbotsford on Dec. 2 and has a long criminal history

Shaun Bolko

A Chilliwack man who was named one of B.C.’s top 10 auto crime offenders earlier this year and was arrested in Abbotsford on Dec. 2 has been sentenced.

Shaun Darryl Bolko, 32, was sentenced yesterday (Wednesday) in Abbotsford provincial court to five and a half months in prison on charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and breaching his probation.

His jail term will be followed by one year of probation.

He pleaded guilty to the charges, while three other charges – possession of a break-in instrument, theft of a motor vehicle and a second count of breaching his probation – were stayed.

The charges were laid after Bolko was arrested in Abbotsford on Dec. 2 while he was inside a Ford F-350 pickup stolen earlier in the day from Chilliwack.

Bolko also pleaded guilty on Dec. 5 to a charge of driving while prohibited in Coquitlam in August and was issued a one-year driving ban and a $500 fine.

Bolko was named one of B.C.’s top 10 auto crime offenders in March and was arrested just two days later in Abbotsford while in the company of another man in the vicinity of a stolen Ford F-250.

At the time, he was wanted on a warrant for failure to comply and possession of a stolen vehicle. Following his arrest, he faced an additional charge of breaching his conditions.

In April, Bolko faced further charges of of possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm, possession of a break-in instrument and breaching his probation.

These charges were related to Bolko possessing a stolen Ford F-350 in Chilliwack.

The following month, he was sentenced to 81 days in jail, followed by 18 months of probation and a lifetime weapons ban.

Bolko has more than 15 criminal charges dating back to 2001, mainly in Chilliwack for offences such as assault, impaired driving, possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance.