Police dog used to nab fleeing Parksville man

Parksville man, 27, fled police who were trying to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for theft.

PARKSVILLE – An RCMP dog team was called in overnight on April 4 to track down a Parksville man wanted on theft charges.

At around 9 p.m., a police officer saw the 27-year-old man near Foster Park on Pym Street. According to the RCMP, the man fled to avoid arrest on an outstanding warrant for a theft charge.

A police service dog was called in and commenced a track of the suspect, stated the police in a media release Thursday morning. The suspect was found shortly thereafter, hiding in the shed of a nearby residence. The male was arrested without incident and transported to Nanaimo where he will appear in court on April 12.

Police service dogs are an amazing resource available to the Oceanside RCMP,” said Cpl Jesse Foreman. “The RCMP handlers and their best friends dedicate countless hours of training to be ready at a moment’s notice. The dogs are called in for all types of searches, including missing people and suspects on the run.