Chilliwack – A 28-year-old Chilliwack man was arrested for possession of a stolen auto.
The arrest stemmed from a Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) investigation into a report of a stolen licence plate received in early April 2017. During the investigation CRU officers supported by the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) linked a suspect to a stolen car and licence plates allegedly stolen from automobiles throughout the Fraser Valley over the month.
On April 19, 2017 the investigation led CRU and IMPACT officers to the 46000-block of Eric Drive where, following a brief foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody by police.
Michael Joseph Hasell faces charges for possession of stolen property over $5000, possession of stolen property under $5000, and obstructing a peace officer. Hasell remains in custody pending a court appearance in mid-May.
To learn about auto theft crime prevention and enforcement initiatives conducted throughout the province the public is invited to visit our partners by clicking onto IMPACT.
RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).