Man arrested for theft in Popkum

Bold attempt at theft lands suspect with charges last week

A local area man was arrested last week after he was allegedly caught stealing from a work truck while the maintenance crew were only a few feet away.

Thirty-eight-year-old Brody James Douglas was arrested at the scene of the Popkum convenience store Thursday where he was reported to have been caught by staff rifling through an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot.

Maintenance staff were repairing a gas pump when a man entered a work truck and stole the keys, according to RCMP reports.

When confronted by employees, Douglas allegedly threw the stolen keys at one of the employees and threw his bicycle—striking two others and causing minor injuries.

The bicycle, a red Huffy mountain bike, is believed to have been stolen.

Douglas, who has a long list of past charges (mostly theft and various breaches in Chilliwack dating back to late 1996) has been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000 and three counts of assault with a weapon relating to last week’s incident.

“Agassiz RCMP have recently received reports of thefts from work vehicles and would like to remind the public to ensure that both their personal vehicles and work vehicles are locked with keys secured,” said Cpl. Rae Lynn Downey in a press release.

Local police request anyone with information about the red mountain bike contact the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 and/or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).