Man caught stealing batteries

Drunk driver, stolen cars and more from the police beat

  • Jul. 12, 2011 5:00 p.m.

A man was arrested Sunday after he was caught stealing batteries from a Maple Ridge grocery store.

A loss prevention officer from Save-On-Foods at Valley Fair Mall saw the 40-year-old man conceal the several packages of batteries in his clothing and walk out of the store around 3:30 p.m.

The man ran off when the officer tried to stop him. He was eventually stopped in the 22500-block of Lougheed Highway by a security guard who had seen the chase begin.

Police found the man was also breaching conditions of his probation, which he was placed under after being convicted of shoplifting from the same Save-On-Foods store in November.

He was held in police custody overnight for a court appearance on Monday.


Drunk driver

A 23-year-old Maple Ridge man was arrested Saturday after he was found drunk behind the wheel of a vehicle in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant.

Police stopped the man around 11 p.m. in the 23900-block of Dewdney Trunk Road and requested a sample of his breath into a roadside screening device, which produced a fail reading.

Insp. Dave Fleugel said the man declined an opportunity to provide a second breath sample into another roadside screening device. As a result, his van was impounded for 30 days.

Police arrested the man as he was found in breach of a curfew and conditions of a probation order which forbid him from drinking alcohol.

He was remanded in police custody until a court appearance on Monday.


Stolen cars

Ridge Meadows RCMP are looking for two vehicles reported stolen over the weekend in Maple Ridge.

A blue 1988 Ford Mustang was taken from the 12500-block of 228th Street in Maple Ridge between 12:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Saturday. The Mustang had British Columbia licence plates 627DDX on it at the time of the theft.

Between 5 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, a grey 2002 Toyota Camry was stolen from the 11900-block of 223rd Street. The car had B.C. licence plates 349TKD on it at the time of the theft.


Cyclist struck

A cyclist escaped serious injury when he collided with a pickup truck on Friday.

The collision took place at 11:25 a.m. on 228th Street at Dewdney Trunk Road. A pickup truck was making a right turn when it hit the 76-year-old cyclist, who was biking in a marked crosswalk.

The cyclist was knocked to the ground and suffered minor scrapes and bruises.

The 18-year-old driver of the pickup truck was charged with failing to yield under the Motor Vehicle Act.