Wanted man arrested in Hope with stolen vehicle

Britannia Beach resident was wanted on two criminal code warrants from Squamish

A 45-year-old man from Britannia Beach has been arrested for possession of stolen property in Hope.

An RCMP officer was conducting traffic duties in the Richmond Hill area of Flood-Hope Road on April 18 at about 12:30 p.m., when he was approached by a man looking for a good place to have breakfast before heading out of town. Staff Sgt. Suki Manj said the officer’s intuition led him to check the licence plate of the vehicle, which had been reported stolen. The man was also prohibited from driving and wanted on two criminal code warrants from Squamish.

The RCMP officer lost sight of the vehicle, but decided to go to the restaurant where he had provided directions to and found the man pulling into the parking lot.

“This is an example of how a man’s desire for good eats outweighed his willingness not to get caught,” said Manj.

“Unfortunately for him, we could not offer him the same quality of food as he was after.”

The man was released on a promise to appear in court in July 2012 for charges of possession of stolen property and driving while prohibited.