Stolen bucket truck recovered

Truck was used in several crimes after it was stolen from Langley City parking area.

A bucket truck used in several crimes in Langley over the past few weeks has been recovered.

Langley RCMP confirm that they recovered the truck from behind a property in the 19800 block of 56 Avenue on Aug. 30.

Police believe the bucket truck was taken from a business in the 19800 block of Fraser Highway in mid-August.

“Forensics is taking fingerprints and looking for DNA now,” said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks. “We have video surveillance showing the bucket truck was used,” said Marks.

Marks said on top of it being used to steal wires from telephone poles, the truck was also used to break in to secured business compounds more recently.

A wire thief apparently used a stolen bucket truck to tear down $500 worth of cable wire from telephone poles along Glover Road near 216 Street on Aug. 15.

Langley RCMP said an unidentified male was seen using a truck with a “cherry picker” bucket to pull the wires off the poles.

The man removed nearly 100 feet of wire worth about $500.

Investigators believe the truck was a 1999 Ford F450, likely the same truck that was stolen earlier in the week from a business in the 19800 block of Fraser Highway.

Police are asking the public to report suspicious activity around telephone poles.

If someone is seen climbing a telephone pole (working on the wire) or lingering around a hydro substation and doesn’t appear legitimate, call 911.

Employees of the phone or cable company or those contracted by Telus will generally wear hard hats and uniforms with their embroidered logo.

They will also use safety cones around their vehicles with a company logo or a vehicle number for identification, said police.

“We have video surveillance showing the bucket truck was used,” said Marks.

Langley Times