Prince Albert police have laid theft charges against a man who stole a motorcycle last month after answering an ad on Kijiji.
© Herald photo by Matt Gardner
Sgt. Brandon Mudry of the Prince Albert Police Service speaks at a press conference on Monday.
The stolen bike was located on Saturday on a farm in the Leask area.
“We had a good description and really a positive identification off the suspect from the initial complaint from the first time that this was attended,” Sgt. Brandon Mudry said at a Monday press conference.
“It was just a matter of time … in the investigation that enough information was gathered to lay the charge.”
Efforts are being made through the RCMP to have the bike returned to the complainant.
The alleged theft took place after a man placed an advertisement on Kijiji putting the motorcycle up for sale, attracting the attention of the accused.
“The accused came there asking or posing with interest to buy the bike,” Mudry said. “He was provided the keys to the bike and a helmet to take it for a test drive and just … never came back.”
The accused came there asking or posing with interest to buy the bike. Sgt. Brandon Mudry
Police charged Dallas Leo Inglehart, 24, with theft of a motor vehicle on July 28. He was arrested shortly thereafter in Melfort.
When asked what people publicly selling motor vehicles through sites such as Kijiji should do when a potential buyer requests a test drive, Mudry noted that some people might choose to accompany the buyer on the test drive.
“It’s gauged upon what each person’s observations are, what their personal comfort level is, whether or not they choose to go with that person on the test drive,” Mudry said.
“It’s reasonable when you’re buying a vehicle to want to take it for a test drive, but certainly in these particular circumstances, due diligence and some caution should be used.”