Man charged over Hay River ‘episodes of property theft’

A file photo of RCMP officers in Hay River
A file photo of RCMP officers in Hay River. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

Police in Hay River say “crucial information” from local residents led to the arrest of a 31-year-old man over recent property thefts in the town.

In a news release on Friday, RCMP said they believed the arrest cleared up a range of recent thefts. However, they asked for help locating a motorcycle that remains missing.

Residents were also encouraged to come forward and claim some of the items recovered.

Hay River RCMP said Lyndsay James Vanderlee, from Leduc, Alberta, is charged with theft and misuse of credit card, theft under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, and failure to abide by bail release conditions.



Police said Vanderlee is expected in a Yellowknife courtroom on December 8. The allegations have yet to be tested in court.

“Over the last week, Hay River has experienced episodes of property theft and night-time activity occurrences. Local residents have provided crucial information on the incidents which led the Hay River RCMP to apprehend a 31-year-old man from Leduc, Alberta, for various offences,” police said in a statement.

“Various items have since been reunited with their owners, with other items still waiting to be claimed. The items include keys, tools, cases, and electronic devices. Please contact the Hay River detachment if any of these items may belong to you.”

RCMP said a 2012 Honda CRF 150F off-road motorcycle, which is red and white, remains unaccounted for.



“This motorcycle may have been sold as stolen property or stashed somewhere within Hay River for later retrieval,” police said. “If you have information relating to this motorcycle or any of the other thefts, please contact the detachment.”

Anyone with information can call the detachment at 867-874-1111 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Police also reminded residents to be sure vehicles are locked, keys are not left inside them, and any items of value are not accessible or easily viewed.