RCMP apprehended a suspect in a wild car theft that spiralled into other offences.

RCMP apprehended a suspect in a wild car theft that spiralled into other offences.

Alleged car theft suspect caught

Car theft spiralled into other offences

  • Nov. 1, 2017 1:50 p.m.

A call to Boston Bar RCMP on Nov. 13 resulted in a series of charges being brought against a North Vancouver man in what began as a car theft but escalated to a serious sequence of events along the Trans-Canada Highway.

It started when Boston Bar RCMP were notified at about 5:00 a.m. of a alleged robbery of guests and the theft of an automobile from guests staying at a motel in the 5000-block of the Trans-Canada Highway. When police arrived at the motel, they immediately obtained and broadcast the details of the stolen vehicle and a description of the suspect to the surrounding RCMP jurisdictions.

About an hour later, a man was struck by the stolen vehicle as he and another individual in the Lytton region prevented the suspect from allegedly attempting to steal their truck.

The suspect allegedly abandoned the stolen car at this point and flagged a ride with a passing semi-trailer. The driver of the big rig promptly presented the suspect to a passing Lytton RCMP officer who was patrolling the area.

Police have charged Aria Morshedizadeh, 21 with break and enter, robbery, disguising face with intent to commit an offence, theft of a motor vehicle, uttering threat to cause bodily harm, assault with a weapon, assault using a motor vehicle, assault with a weapon, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

“Fortunately nobody was seriously injured during this incident. Timely information shared by RCMP detachments along the Trans-Canada Highway played a key role in the apprehension of the suspect,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact your local police department or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).