BRITISH COLUMBIA

RCMP arrest suspected thief after Metro Vancouver car chase in stolen BMW

04/27/2015 02:41 EDT | Updated 07/30/2015 01:59 EDT
COQUITLAM, B.C. - RCMP have arrested a man suspected of stealing a new BMW sport utility vehicle from a Coquitlam, B.C., garage after taking the keys from a home while the owners slept.

Police say the vehicle stolen last Sunday was monitored by an RCMP helicopter that provided updates to officers on the ground as it travelled through New Westminster, Surrey and Burnaby.

Mounties say they attempted to stop the 2015 BMW X3 in New Westminster but the car sped away and was involved in a minor crash.

Officers say the driver ran away after the collision, and numerous items including mail, jewelry and power tools suspected to be stolen from Coquitlam and Maple Ridge were found inside the SUV.

RCMP say 23-year-old Brandon Cumming-Hobson of no fixed address was found hiding in a residential stairwell a short time later and was arrested on Thursday by police.

The man has now been charged with numerous counts including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and breach of probation.