A mini-excavator stolen from Fort St. James in August of 2011 was found on a property outside Prince George (P.G.) this week.
Members of the Prince George RCMP Crime Reduction Team were investigating a stolen jet boat, which they located on a property on Bench Road in P.G. in April.
A 37-year-old P.G. man was arrested on May 1, for possession of property obtained by crime, and RCMP said a jet boat was recovered upon the man’s arrest.
Further investigation then led RCMP to another property north of P.G., where the mini excavator and trailer was found, along with a stolen skid steer tractor, also on a stolen trailer.
A search of another P.G. property led to even more stolen and suspected stolen property, including another jet boat stolen from Fort St. John, two snowmobiles, and a four-wheeler.
The property seized in the investigation is valued at over $200,000 and RCMP believe this is part of a larger property theft ring throughout northern B.C. and Alberta.
Another P.G. man was subsequently arrested for trafficking in property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime.
Both men will be appearing in court on July 10.