Castlegar cops bust shoplifter who faces more than a dozen charges

Fleeing suspect from Trail, B.C. found with meth.

A 48-year-old man is in jail after a failed attempt at shoplifting in Castlegar.

RCMP say on Nov. 25 a business reported a man left the store without paying for merchandise. Police located a man who matched the suspect’s description, but he ran away.

Sgt. Monty Taylor says officers pursued the suspect and subsequently arrested him for theft. They also found suspected methamphetamine on him.

Gregory Alan Smith of Trail has been charged with theft under $5000, possession of a controlled substance and failing to comply with a recognizance.

Smith appeared before a judge on Nov. 27, and was remanded in custody. He will remain in jail while facing trial on a number of other charges from incidents between 2018 and 2019 from the Trail area.

He will answer to three counts of breach of probation, three counts of theft under $5,000, and two counts of mischief under $5,000. He also faces charges of possession of break-and-enter tools, failure to comply with a court order and breaching a recognizance. Smith’s next court appearance on those charges will be in Rossland Court on Dec. 5.

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