Comox Valley RCMP are appealing to the public for help in locating a man who fled the scene of a theft March 6 after he appeared to be trapped.
RCMP responded to the report of a theft in progress at Nelson Roofing on Grant Road in Courtenay.
Two men were seen to be loading scaffolding into a truck that was parked inside the business compound. A quick-thinking employee locked the main gate, trapped the suspect vehicle inside the compound.
The driver of the suspect vehicle stayed on scene but the passenger fled on foot into the wooded area by the business. The police service dog was called.
A track was located and followed into Cumberland while the surrounding area was contained by several police cars. The track led through thick brush, marshland and even swift-flowing water,
but the suspect male who fled was not located.
If you have any information about this crime or the people responsible you are asked to call the Comox Valley RCMP at
250-338-1321 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also text from a cellphone to cvcstips to crime.
— Comox Valley RCMP