Kidnap suspect captured in stolen vehicle
On July 28, 2016 New Westminster Police Department located a stolen gray Ford F-350 Alberta licence plates in New Westminster. New Westminster Police members followed the vehicle to an apartment building in Surrey, B.C. New Westminster Police were joined by IMPACT members who assumed the investigation and kept the vehicle under observation.
The stolen vehicle was followed to another apartment building located in Surrey. BC. and the occupants were arrested. The driver provided a false name. Investigation by IMPACT officers determined the driver was wanted for six outstanding warrants in Alberta for charges including Kidnapping, Breach of Recognizance, PSP of Motor Vehicle, and Threats. The driver will be returned to Alberta to face those charges.
Charged with Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000 and Obstructing a Police Officer is Michael Ghostkeeper, 31 years of age, of no fixed address. He appeared in Surrey Provincial Court on July 29, 2016.
IMPACT is a multi-jurisdictional agency that includes police officers from municipal police departments and the RCMP.
The assistance of the New Westminster Police Department and the Air One helicopter was key in making this arrest in a safe manner. Safety is one of IMPACT’s highest priorities.
IMPACT reminds everyone to use an immobilizer device and “Treat your keys like cash”.
Keeping a vehicle safe requires a conscious effort for vehicle owners to take all items with them, every time they leave their vehicle. Additional safety tips include:
- Do not leave your vehicle unattended while it is running
- Do not leave your smart keys, valet or emergency keys in the vehicle while it's unoccupied
- Invest in an anti-theft device, especially with older model vehicle