Abbotsford Police say more than 80 tailgates have been stolen off of newer model pickup trucks all over the Fraser Valley since late 2016. An arrest has been made. Web image

Arrest made in tailgate thefts

More than 80 tailgates stolen since late 2016 across the Fraser Valley, including two in Langley

An arrest has been made in connection to the theft of tailgates from pickup trucks in jurisdictions across the Fraser Valley, including in Langley.

David Ahner, 38, is facing numerous charges of theft, including for the theft of two 2016 Ford F350 tailgates from Langley in April.

On May 26, the Crime Reduction Unit of the Abbotsford Police Department arrested Ahner in relation to the theft of vehicle tailgates.

Since early 2016, police have received reports of more than 80 stolen tailgates in the jurisdictions of Langley, Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack.

The cost of replacing a single tailgate can be up to $10,000.

The majority of the tailgates that are reported stolen involve trucks in the model years of 2008 to 2016, said Abbotsford Police.

Ahner has been charged for the two Langley thefts and one Ford F350 tailgate (2014 model vehicle) from Abbotsford.

He faces three counts of theft over $5,000 and one charge of driving while disqualified.

He has a long criminal history.

Truck owners are reminded to lock their tailgates as they are more easily stolen when left unlocked.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (ABBYPD).