Fort St. John man charged in connection with multi-day crime spree, one week after release from custody
FORT ST. JOHN, BC -- Police in Fort St. John have arrested a 31-year-old man for the second time in as many weeks. Ryan Large is being charged in connection with a crime spree spanning two days.
On Sunday, January 15th, just before 5pm, police received a report from a local hotel regarding two stolen wallets. A suspect was identified by police, but not located at the time.
Then, just after midnight on January 16th, police received a report of a residential break and enter. The homeowners, who were just moving in, found items that did not belong to them in the residence. Police found evidence that indicated someone had been staying there for some time. A number of kitchen items and three pairs of shoes had also been stolen from the residence.
The same morning at approximately 4:30am, police were called to the Pomeroy Hotel after a report of a stolen white 2014 Ford shuttle van. When officers arrived, they briefly saw the vehicle fleeing the area. Police also discovered that a large amount of audio and video equipment had been stolen as well.
Less than two hours later, just before 6am, police received another call for a commercial break and enter in progress in Montney. The business owner saw a white 2014 Ford shuttle van at the back of the building, and lights were on inside the business.
Police Dog Services arrived on the scene. RCMP say suspect complied with police instructions upon seeing the police dog. Officers identified the suspect as Ryan Large, arrested him and took him into custody.
According to police, evidence tying large to the stolen wallets, residential break and enter, and theft from the hotel was located on him and in the stolen shuttle van.
In connection to these incidents, Large is facing a lengthy list of charges, including two counts of break and enter, three counts of theft under $5000, as well as theft over $5000, theft of a motor vehicle, flight from police, and possession of stolen property.
Large was previously arrested on January 10th on multiple outstanding warrants, including for assault and uttering threats. He was found in a stolen truck, after members of the public saw the vehicle and reported it to police. A video of that incident was posted to social media. Large was released by the courts on a release order that same day.