Trailer found after being stolen four years ago

by Richard Rolke, Black Press

A transport trailer stolen four years ago from Abbotsford has been recovered in the North Okanagan.

A police officer working in the Armstrong area on April 20 pulled over a pickup truck and trailer after noticing the 15-foot, 2007 cargo trailer did not have a vehicle identification number.

While the driver said he had borrowed the trailer, the officer continued with his investigation.

“It was confirmed stolen out of Abbotsford in 2008,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson. “The officer is working with ICBC on possible charges.”

A Chilliwack man was arrested.

The trailer was valued at $8,000 in 2008, and ICBC compensated the owner for the theft at the time.

“The trailer was paid off so ICBC owns it,” said Molendyk.

Molendyk said it’s possible the trailer has changed hands several times since going missing.

“Individuals have a habit of steeling trailers, removing the decals and putting them back on the road as a U-built,” he said.

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