Auxiliary police officer spots thief in action

Two men may be facing theft charges thanks to an alert off-duty auxiliary RCMP member.

Two men may be facing theft charges thanks to an alert off-duty auxiliary RCMP member.

The auxiliary officer was driving through the Yale tunnel, on Wednesday, March 30, when they “noticed a male on foot in the tunnel ripping away wire,” said Const. Tracy Wolbeck.

RCMP members were able to pull over a vehicle matching the auxiliary officer’s description on Highway 1.

A “duffle bag containing wire was found a short distance from the tunnel,” added Wolbeck.

“Theft of wire is becoming a real problem in the community,” said Wolbeck.  “This is a good example of the hard work the police are putting into stopping this type of crime.”

Facing possible charges are a 41 year-old male and a 33 year-old male, both from Hope. Their names were not released by police pending charges.