Police ask for public’s help in locating forklift stolen from downtown Maple Ridge

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a forklift stolen from a strip mall in downtown Maple Ridge.

  • Sep. 5, 2014 9:00 a.m.
A forklift like this one was stolen from the downtown area of Maple Ridge.

A forklift like this one was stolen from the downtown area of Maple Ridge.

A heavy duty forklift was stolen from a downtown Maple Ridge mall this week.

According to Ridge Meadows RCMP, the electric forklift was parked at the back of the Maple Ridge Square mall in the 22400 block of 121 Avenue, and was stolen sometime between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday.

“We are asking for assistance in getting this expensive piece of heavy duty equipment back to its rightful owner,”                 Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said.

“This is also a reminder to all persons who work with expensive equipment to ensure your equipment is secured before leaving your worksite for the day or night,” she added. “If possible, these types of equipment should be left inside a locked building, with keys being removed from the area. As well, security video is a deterrent to would be thieves.”

The forklift, a cream colored Crown model, could be driven too far without needing to be charged.

• Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of the forklift, or information about the theft is asked to call police at 604 463-6251 or CrimeStoppers, 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca. CrimeStoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.