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Stolen bucket truck found in Langley

A stolen bucket truck similar to this Ford was used by a wire thief to pull down cable wiring from utility poles, investigators believe. - Courtesy RCMP
A stolen bucket truck similar to this Ford was used by a wire thief to pull down cable wiring from utility poles, investigators believe.
— image credit: Courtesy RCMP

A bucket truck used in several crimes in Langley over the past few weeks has been recovered from nearly the same area it was stolen from.

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 spokespersons Cpl. Holly Marks.

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

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

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.

Investigator 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 9-1-1.

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.

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