Pickup truck belonging to B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter stolen from FSJ Airport
FORT ST. JOHN -- A B.C. Wildfire firefighter is looking for his pickup truck after it was stolen from the North Peace Airport parking lot while he was working.
According to the Fort St John RCMP, the owner, Nicholas Esau, parked the 1996 green and silver Dodge 2500 pickup truck with a B.C. license plate 4723AH at approximately 8 a.m.
Esau says he parked the car around 8 a.m at the overflow parking lot as he usually does on days when he’s not attending the fires.
He says he makes sure the truck is always locked. “I'm pretty big advocate for that. So I don't know how they got in. It's an older kind of all mechanical vehicle, there's not a lot of like computer systems in it, so it probably was pretty easy for them.”
Surveillance video shows the vehicle was taken by what appeared to be two men that drove up in a white pickup truck and took the vehicle at approximately 9 a.m.
Esau noticed the vehicle was missing during his lunch break at work and called RCMP at 12:43 p.m. yesterday.
“I'm pretty particular about where I park and then it dawned on me and I was just like, no way,” explains Esau, describing the moment when he realized his family truck that they had for over 25 years was gone. “I called my dad. I was like, hey, did you did you take the truck and he didn't. But it was just a weird feeling to have my truck keys in my hand and the truck not be there.”
He says his entire family has fond memories of the truck dating back to before his birth.
“My dad bought it initially. He was going to use it as a work truck and then it kind of became the family vehicle as I was growing up.”
When Esau got his driver’s license, he tended to drive the truck more.
The truck was “pretty special, just because we had done quite a few camping trips in it and there's a lot of pictures of us as little kids riding around in it.”
RCMP are investigating the stolen vehicle. They are asking anyone who has information on this matter to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.northernbccrimestoppers.ca.