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GPS helps Comox man track stolen pickup to Nanaimo home

A man and woman were arrested within hours of the 2021 Ford F-150 pickup being reported stolen
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A pair of alleged truck thieves from the Lower Mainland didn’t get far thanks to a GPS system in the stolen vehicle that led police right to them.

The man and woman were arrested within hours of a Comox resident reporting that his 2021 Ford F-150 pickup had been taken from his driveway in the early hours of March 22.

He told Comox Valley RCMP that he watched the truck being driven away about 2:30 a.m. on his home-security system.

Officers attended but were unable to locate the vehicle.

At about 7 a.m., the truck owner called Nanaimo RCMP to report that the GPS was tracking to a home in the 1100-block of Nanaimo’s Stewart Avenue.

Police quickly surrounded the home and located both the truck and the suspects.

Justice Mckay-Saul, 27, and 23-year-old Westin Ferguson were taken into custody and later released with an April 9 court date.

Ferguson was charged with theft of the truck, possession of a stolen truck and possession of a prohibited weapon, namely brass knuckles.

Mckay-Saul was charged with possession of a stolen truck.

The truck’s owner picked up his truck later the same day.

“Needless to say, he was extremely grateful for the quick arrest and to have his truck recovered and undamaged,” said Nanaimo RCMP Reserve Const. Gary O’Brien. “He also wished to congratulate the officers for a job well done.”

jbell@timescolonist.com