Men ar­rested af­ter stolen dump truck stopped in Amherst

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY -

Two men are fac­ing a va­ri­ety of charges af­ter the dump truck they al­legedly stole was stopped in the Amherst Cen­tre Mall park­ing lot.

Amherst Po­lice re­cently re­ceived a call for help from a ve­hi­cle com­pli­ance of­fi­cer who had stopped the pair in the mall park­ing lot af­ter the truck failed to stop at the in­com­ing weigh sta­tion at the Nova Sco­tia-New Brunswick bor­der.

The com­pli­ance of­fi­cer lo­cated the truck in the mall park­ing lot and or­dered the pair to re­turn to the scales. They drove the ve­hi­cle a short dis­tance and then stopped, got out and fled on foot.

Amherst po­lice of­fi­cers and the ve­hi­cle com­pli­ance of­fi­cer con­ducted a search for the pair with po­lice find­ing them be­hind the nearby Tim Hor­tons/Wendy’s restau­rant.

Upon their ar­rest, a search dis­cov­ered a shot­gun and am­mu­ni­tion in the back­pack of one of the men. The shot­gun had been dis­as­sem­bled, but could eas­ily have been put back to­gether.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the truck had been stolen from the Monc­ton area.

A 36-year-old male is fac­ing charges of pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime, driving while dis­qual­i­fied and fail­ing to com­ply with a pro­ba­tion or­der. The sec­ond in­di­vid­ual, a 20-year-old male, is fac­ing charges of pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime and six firearms re­lated of­fences.

Both men will ap­pear in Amherst pro­vin­cial court on Jan. 21 for plea.

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