A U.S. man believed to be in the country illegally has been arrested in connection to a string of thefts from the municipal airport in Vanderhoof, RCMP said.
On Saturday, Nov. 23, a local airplane owner identified a suspect to police after thefts last week, said Sgt. Rodney Guthrie of the Vanderhoof RCMP in an emailed statement to Black Press Media.
Officers arrested the suspect, a 27-year-old U.S. citizen, shortly after and found him to be in possession of stolen property and several firearms, he said.
Investigators believe the suspect entered the country illegally.
The unnamed suspect remains in custody and will not be named by officials unless charges are laid.
Police are considering recommending charges to Crown counsel including break and enter, theft, unauthorized possession of a firearm, as well as charges under the Customs Act.
Paul Collard, president of the Vanderhoof Airport Development Society said items such as radio headsets, wing covers, aircraft battery and aircraft spares were reported stolen to the police in connection to this crime.