(CAMPBELLFORD, ON) -On August 24, 2017, at 2:46 p.m. the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a stolen pickup truck (1996 black Dodge Ont. Lic. #GINCO) travelling on Front Street North in Campbellford possibly being driven by a wanted male, Richard VADER. Officers located the vehicle on Grand Road and confirmed that the driver was the wanted male and that the vehicle was stolen. (Reported stolen from Prince Edward County area on August 22, 2017).
Police attempted to stop the vehicle in a parking lot on Doxsee Avenue South at which time the driver accelerated over a curb and fled behind a business on Second Street where he abandoned the truck on foot towards Ferris Provincial Park. OPP resources including two Canine Units (K9), Emergency Response Team (ERT), Tactical Rescue Unit (TRU) and Aviation Services (helicopter) conducted an extensive search failing to locate the male.
At 1:49 a.m. Stirling-Rawdon Police Service received a report of a stolen pickup truck from a residence on Hoards Road (near County Road 8 and Wingfield Road). A yet to be reported stolen ATV was recovered at the scene and determined to have been stolen from a rural property south of Ferris Provincial Park. Investigators believe that the wanted male is responsible for both of those thefts and is currently driving the stolen truck described as a black 2003 GMC Sierra bearing Ontario Licence #AS26578.
Police are asking the public to report any sightings of VADER or the stolen pickup truck by contacting their nearest police service. VADER is to be considered dangerous and possibly armed. Do not approach him and contact police by dialing 9-1-1.
VADER is wanted for several domestic related charges stemming from an incident in the Quinte West area as well as several other charges incurred recently.