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Three suspects arrested after stolen truck found on Coquihalla Wednesday – BC News

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Police closed the Kokihara Highway on Wednesday and officers searched the area for suspected vehicle thieves believed to be armed.

In a press release issued Thursday morning, Sgt. RCMP’s Chris Manseau says police found his truck in a stolen black Dodge Ram pickup near his summit in Kokihara around 12:15 p.m.

The press release did not provide details about the circumstances of the stolen vehicle, but BC’s Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team and Allied Special Enforcement Forces were involved in the investigation.

When officers attempted to tow the stolen car, the driver took off and drove down a side street from Kokihara near Juliet Bridge. The truck got stuck in the Coldwater River and the three occupants fled the scene.

Tik Tok user Kurtis Brown posted a video Wednesday afternoon of a truck stuck in a river with several police officers around it.

Sergeant Mansoor said a large RCMP response involving emergency response teams took place after witnesses reported that one of the suspects appeared to be carrying a firearm.

The female suspect was found and arrested shortly after fleeing the truck, while the other two men remained on the run.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the highway was closed for several hours while we searched for these suspects,” the sergeant said. His Josh Roda of Merritt RCMP.

“Without knowing their identities or intentions, and with no reports indicating they were armed, we felt it best to keep the civilians away from the scene.”

More than a dozen construction workers were evacuated from a nearby Transmountain Pipeline worksite, and the entire Coquihala Highway was closed to traffic.

After several hours of searching, officers found the remaining two suspects around 6 p.m. According to Mansoor, they were “arrested without incident” and transferred to the Merritt RCMP detachment.

Sergeant Mansoor said he did not know if the firearm was found when the suspect was arrested. It is not clear if any charges have been filed at this time.

Police determined that the truck was stolen in Coquitlam and the truck’s license plate was stolen in Langley.

“We are aware of online speculation regarding the identities of these suspects. There are no indications that it is related to,” Sgt. Rhoda said.

Sergeant Mansoor thanked commercial truck drivers for finding and reporting the stolen trucks to the RCMP in the first place, TransMountain employees for following police instructions, and the public for dealing with the closed highways. .

Police asked witnesses or persons with dashcam footage from the Juliet Bridge area between 11:20 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

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