Dead battery kills car theft attempt

The battery was dead, and so were the Francois Crescent car thief's chances.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday, the owner of a Corvette had just finished charging the battery and was putting the charger away in the garage when a man jumped into the still-running car.

The thief closed the door, locked the power doors and the windows and tried to drive away. The standard transmission proved too much for him, however, and he stalled the car.

This also killed the just-charged battery, leaving the thief with a car that wouldn't start, and doors and windows that wouldn't open.

The owner did not want to approach the car, since the attempted thief had a can of pepper spray. The thief tried to break the window with an anti-theft device he found inside the car, then with a hatchet he had in his backpack.

When police arrived, he was trying to jimmy the windows open with a screwdriver – with no luck.

A Prince George man, 21, was arrested and will appear in court on weapons and theft charges.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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