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  SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2019 

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

PEDOPHILE ARRESTED

Robert Calvert faces multiple charges

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

man is charged with child sexual assault and pornography offences following a one year RCMP investigation.

Robert Wayne Calvert was arrested June 19, 2019, and has been charged with allegations dating from January 2015 to January 2018, including:


• 3 counts of sexual interference.
• 3 counts of sexual assault.
• 1 count of invitation to sexual touching.
• 2 counts of make child pornography.
• 1 count of distribute child pornography.
• 1 count of access child pornography.
• 1 count of possession of child pornography.

 

“Mr. Calvert has resided in communities around the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island regions,” says Constable Blaine Wiese of the Chilliwack RCMP. “We are asking anyone who feels they have information regarding our investigation to contact the Chilliwack RCMP or your local police agency.”

 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

BANK ROBBER SOUGHT

Police ID  suspect as Lucus Bradwell

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

t approximately noon in July 2, 2019, Lucas Bradwell. 28, walked into the HSBC on South Fraser Way and provided a note demanding moneye to the teller. No weapon was produced during the robbery. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money, fled from the bank into a waiting taxi.


bby PD ID'd Bradwell as the suspect. He's know in municipalities aroun the Lower Mainland, however it's believed he is on Vancouver Island.


Bradwell is 6 feet, 185 lb, short brown hair, blue eyes and "Bradwell tattoo on his right forearm. Anyone with information on his whereabouts it asked to call the APD at 604-859-5225, text 222973 or report at Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477. File number 2019-28041

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

NOTHING TOO BIG FOR THIEF

Police seize tractor trailers, semi, vehicles, drugs among other things

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n July 8, 2019, Abbotsford Police patrol officers observed a stolen flat deck truck transporting an excavator onto a residential property in the 1200-blk of Columbia Road.  Upon further investigation, additional stolen items were located on the property.  A 45 year old man was arrested for possession of stolen property.

 

The execution of search warrants resulted in the seizure of over $300,000 of stolen property (including excavating equipment, commercial tractor trailer units, bobcats, trailers, jet ski, and vehicles), illicit drugs (including suspected heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine ) and five firearms (located in a stolen camper trailer). 

 

This is an active investigation.  Abbotsford Police investigators continue efforts to return the recovered stolen property to its rightful owners. Additional information may be provided as this investigation develops.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

CAT CONVERTER THEFT LEADS TO VEHICLE FIRES

Mounties search for black sedan

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

olice are looking for a dark, older model sedan and four suspects after two vehicle fires that may have been caused by an attempt to steal catalytic converters.

At 3:30 a.m. this morning (July 11, 2019) Coquitlam RCMP and the Coquitlam Fire Department were called because two vehicles were on fire in the 1000-block of Riverside Drive, Port Coquitlam.

The investigation has just started, but witness statements and video support the theory that the vehicle fires were started by thieves attempting to steal catalytic converters.

Police are looking for:

• A dark, older-model sedan that was seen driving away from the scene. Four males were inside,
• One of the suspects is described as a tall, lanky male with a grey hoodie,
• The suspect was also wearing a headlamp.

It’s too early to say if this file is related to any other catalytic converter thefts, but that’s one of the possibilities the Coquitlam RCMP will be investigating.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

HEY DAD, GUESS WHAT?

Teen caught driving 187 km/hr

SGT JUDY BIRD

n 18-year-old male (“N” driver) has been charged with excessive speeding after being caught allegedly driving 187 km/hr on Highway 11. 

On Thursday, July 4 at 7:30pm, an Abbotsford Police Traffic Enforcement Unit officer clocked an Audi A3 travelling 107 km/hr above the speed limit on Highway 11 at Clayburn Road. A 17-year-old passenger was also in the vehicle. The vehicle was towed and will be impounded for 7 days.  The driver’s license will be reviewed by the Superintendent of the Motor Vehicle Branch.  

Speeding can be expensive.  Drivers caught going 40 km/h or more over the limit receive an automatic 3 demerit points and face a fine between $368- $483.

From the ICBC website at https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/crashes-happen/Pages/Speed.aspx:

The faster you go, the more you pay

If you’re caught speeding, you pay in a number of ways – and the cost increases the more you speed.

Driver risk premium

If you have one or more excessive speeding tickets, you pay a driver risk premium. It's based on convictions over a three-year period. You pay the driver risk premium on top of your cost of insurance.

Fines

Ticket fines increase the further over the speed limit you drive. If you're caught doing 20km/hr over the speed limit on a highway, you'll be ticketed $138; do more than 40km/hr, and the ticket is $368. In a school, playground or construction zone, the fines range from $196 to $483.

Vehicle impoundment

Besides the violation ticket fine and driver risk premium, police can immediately impound your vehicle for seven days for those travelling 40 km or more over the posted speed limit. This could escalate to 30 or 60 days for repeat offenders. The owner is then required to pay the vehicle towing and storage fees to get their vehicle back.

“You may think you’re in control at these high speeds, but should you need to take evasive action, or react to another driver, you may find yourself unable to respond effectively.  The results can be deadly.” states the AbbyPD Traffic Enforcement Unit’s Sgt. Desi Sansalone.

Drier weather is expected in the next few mont. AbbyPD reminds you to drive safely and obey all traffic rules.  Please slow down. Speeding isn’t worth the risk.

*Reminder: laws and fines regulating road safety are the responsibility of the BC Govt– police enforce these statutes and regulations*

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN HOUSE

RCMP investigation in progress

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a sudden death investigation which began after a deceased woman was located at a residence in Newton.

 

On July 7 at approximately 7:00 am, Surrey RCMP responded to a call for service at a residence in the 13600-block of 60 Avenue. Upon arrival police located a deceased woman inside the residence.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit and the BC Coroner’s Services are investigating. The cause of death is still under investigation and a determination has not been made as to whether the death is a result of criminality. 

 

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

HAVE YOU SEEN LARISSA MILLS?

Woman with mental health issues sought

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he Coquitlam RCMP is asking for your help in the search for Larissa Milus who is wanted on a BC Mental Health Act Warrant (Form 21). Milus was last seen on July 4, 2019 at 6:50 p.m. in Port Coquitlam and was reported missing to police at 8:00 p.m. that same day.

Police are concerned for the wellbeing of Milus and would like to speak to her.

Milus is described as:

• 49-year-old Caucasian female, no teeth
• Medium length black hair
• 5’8 (172 cm) and 117 lbs (53 kg)
• Wearing light gray pants, black jean jacket, BB cap with flowers, glasses, pink plastic necklace

If you see Milus police ask that you not do approach her and call 911 instead.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Milus, please contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2019-20259
Watch an interesting 3 minute YouTube clip here.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 

 

BURNABY RCMP

KIDNAP SUSPECTS JUMP FROM BALCONY INTO THE WAITING ARMS OF THE COPS

One remains in hospital IIOC investigates

SGT. JANELLE SHOILET

CMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which resulted in one man being taken to hospital.

Just after 10 p.m. on July 4, 2019, investigation led officers from the Burnaby RCMP and the Lower Mainland District Integrated Emergency Response Team (LMD ERT) to a residence in the 4900-block of Sanders Street in Burnaby, where police believed the victim of a kidnapping was being held. When police entered the residence, three men exited over the balcony of the 11 floor apartment. While two men were arrested without incident on lower floors, one man fell to the ground and suffered serious injuries.

The victim was safely located, physically unharmed. All three men remain in police custody, one of whom remains in hospital.

The Burnaby RCMP will continue to investigate the alleged kidnapping concurrent to the IIO investigation, says A/Commr. Eric Stubbs, Acting Commanding Officer of the BC RCMP. This was a complex and time sensitive investigation that required numerous resources and coordination. I am grateful that the victim was located and proud of the work done by our highly skilled and specialized members and employees.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

DO YOU KNOW THESE MEN

Robbery suspects wanted

CPL RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is requesting public assistance in identifying two suspects involved in a robbery that occurred in the City Centre area in May.
 
On May 11, 2019 at approximately 7:30 p.m., two male suspects entered a convenience store located in the 12000-block of 82 Avenue. One of the suspects produced a handgun and stole several items of value from the store. The suspects then ran from the scene and were last seen getting into a black 4-door sedan driven by a third male which fled eastbound on 80 Avenue.
 

The first suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his 40’s, with a heavy build, wearing a black and yellow traffic vest, a grey “Under Armour” baseball cap, and sunglasses.

The second suspect is described as a dark-skinned man, approximately 25-years-old, with a slim build, wearing a dark fisherman-style cap, and a white and blue striped shirt.

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit is investigating this incident and is now releasing surveillance photos to the public to help identify the two suspects involved.
Anyone who can help identify the suspects or has information about this occurrence is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COP DISCHARGES GUN

No injuries

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an investigation into the discharge of a firearm by a police officer from Langley RCMP, which occurred at a residence in Surrey.

 

At approximately 2:30 am, on July 3, 2019, Langley RCMP responded to reports of an injured woman at a residence in the 20100-block of 68 Avenue in Langley, the investigation progressed to include a residence in the 19300-block of 72A Avenue, in Surrey.

 

At the residence in Surrey, Langley RCMP officers were confronted with a distraught man who allegedly produced a weapon.  In response, one of the officers discharged a service firearm. No one was injured in the shooting, but the distraught man was transported to hospital after being apprehended under the BC Mental Health Act.

 

The discharge of a police firearm is now being investigated by the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit.

 

The Surrey investigation is currently in the information gathering stages, with no further details available at this time.

 

Langley RCMP is continuing to investigate the call for service which originated in Langley.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

2018 HOME INVADERS SOUGHT

Police say three suspects involved

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

oquitlam Mounties are hoping that information from the public will help identify three suspects from an alleged Coquitlam home invasion.

On February 9, 2018, just before 8:30 p.m., police received a 911 call that three men had broken through the front door of a home in the 600-block of Poirier Street. A family of three was home at the time and two of them received minor injuries.

In order to further this investigation, Coquitlam RCMP is releasing composite sketches for two of the suspects.

Suspect 1 is described as:

A South Asian man,

• 20 to 30-years-old,
• With a short, well-defined beard,
• Brown, short dark hair with dark eyes,
• Medium height and build,
• Wearing a track suit with red and white features and a high-visibility vest.

Suspect 2 is described as:

• A Caucasian man who may be European,
• 40 to 50-years-old,
• Light blue or green eyes with brown hair,
• Slightly shorter than average, large, stocky and muscular,
• Wearing a toque and a high-visibility orange jacket.

Suspect 3 (for whom there is no composite drawing) is described as:

• A tall male of uncertain age,
• Skinny or slim,
• Dressed in all black from head to toe.

The victims are not known to police and there is no evidence to indicate that this crime is part of a wider conflict.

If you recognize the suspects, call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Investigative Support Team (File 2018-4300). If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or visit solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

POLICE SEEK PURSE SNATCHER

Victim in her 90's

CPL DENNIS HWANG

ichmond RCMP responded to a business in the 7100 block of No. 3 Road on June 17, 2019 shortly after 6 pm. Two women were walking through the parking lot east of the restaurant when a suspect approached them from behind grabbed a purse from one of the women and fled on foot towards Bennet Road. The victim, a woman in her early nineties, from Richmond, was visibly shaken up but not injured. The Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section has assumed conduct of the investigation.

The suspect is described as:

• Caucasian male
• In his late teens or early twenties
• thin build
• wearing black baseball cap, black hoodie, black shorts, and black running shoes

“This was a truly a callous and despicable act. The victim is in her 90s. We would ask that anyone in the community who has information, dashcam footage, or who can identify the suspect from the security footage to please contact us. We appreciate any and all information that will assist us in making a swift arrest in this matter,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.

Anyone with information on this case or the suspect is asked to contact Constable J. Wilkinson of the Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section at 604-278-1212 or email us at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca  Please quote file# 2019-19674.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

COPS ARREST 32 IN MONTH-LONG RETAIL THEFT STING

Some were arrested for taking candy

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

he Richmond RCMP Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) successfully spearheaded a large scale retail theft operation in June combining with officers from the Property Crime Unit (PCU) and Patrol.

Security representatives from Richmond Centre Mall, Lansdowne Mall, Toys R Us, London Drugs, TJX Canada, Overwaitea Food Group, Superstore, Apple Store, The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Walmart all participated along with our community partners from Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

During the period of June 19-20, 2019, multiple arrests ensued due to the combined efforts by police and loss prevention officers.


• 32 suspects were arrested
• 4 suspects were youths
• 9 suspects had no permanent residence or were of no fixed address
• Most suspects were from outside of Richmond
• Some suspects had pre-existing outstanding warrants from jurisdictions outside Richmond
• Some subjects had previous conditions from prior arrests. 4 such breaches were observed.
• The most popular items that were stolen were: meat, liquor, candy, and clothing
 

“Almost two thirds of those arrested in this operation weren’t from Richmond. A large majority of the suspects were well-known to police. One was apprehended twice on the same day for theft. Another suspect that we arrested was identified from a previous retail theft operation we conducted,” says Sgt. Simon Lee, NCO i/c Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit.

“If you are a criminal and you come to Richmond for the sole purpose of committing a crime, we will catch you” adds Sgt. Lee.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COPS MAKE SOME FIREWORKS OF THEIR OWN

Bangs lead to drug house bust

CPL ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is advising the public of the seizure of suspected drugs, cash, and guns which took place at residence in the Cloverdale area.

On June 24, Surrey RCMP responded after a member of the public reported hearing what they believed was gun shots at a residence in the 19400 block of 71 A Avenue. Police were able to determine that the sound which generated the original call to police was as a result of fireworks. Although there were no shots fired, police continued their investigation and obtained a search warrant for the residence.

As a result of this search warrant, police located and seized a sawed off shotgun, several bags of suspected marijuana, 30 vials of testosterone, various firearm ammunition, a Taser, brass knuckles and pepper spray.  Approximately $21,400 in cash was seized from the residence as well as a large quantity of a white powdery substance, which will be tested to determined if it is an illicit drug. 

Charges have not been laid at this time as the investigation is on-going.

“This is an example of the importance of reporting information to the police,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “A person took the time to make a report, and although the initial findings were of fireworks, the subsequent investigation has resulted in the seizure of multiple weapons, cash and drugs.”.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

CLIMBER DIES ON CHIEF

Cops urge caution on climbs

CPL DAVID LEE

 

 

n June 22nd, 2019, at approximately 1:45 pm Squamish RCMP received a call for assistance from the British Columbia Ambulance Service due to a rock climber who had fallen from The Stawamus Chief.

Squamish RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, and Squamish Search and Rescue attended to The Grand Wall area of The Stawamus Chief and located a male who had fallen approximately 30 metres whilst rock climbing.

"The Stawamus Chief is a popular tourist destination for the Sea to Sky corridor, and the Squamish Emergency Services have attended to a number of incidents associated to this location over the past few months" stated Sergeant Sascha Banks. "We believe this incident to be a terrible accident and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time."

The BC Coroners Service has now taken over the investigation and the Squamish RCMP are working to contact the man's next of kin.  His name will not be released at this time.

"We do want to stress to those that visit our beautiful surroundings to be prepared, know your area, and please be safe in your adventures" added Sergeant Banks. "But also know if you are hurt or lost we (Squamish Emergency Services/Squamish SAR) have an amazing cross-section of people who will do everything to find you and help you."

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

HANNIE GETS HER MANNIE

Brambles? No problem

CPL DAVID LEE

40-year-old man from Vancouver is facing a robbery charge after being tracked by a police service dog through the Seymour area of North Vancouver on June 12, 2019. The man had been stopped by Superstore security for stealing various items when he brandished a knife and ran into a wooded area behind the supermarket.

Store security was able to give us a very good description of the suspect, said Sgt. DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. We were able to box the area in while we called for a police dog. A member of the Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) headed to the scene while officers watched for the suspect. While they were waiting, one of our officers spotted and detained a suspect who matched the description, said DeVries.

Meanwhile, back at the supermarket, PSD Hannie picked up a scent trail and started tracking, dragging her handler and officers in her wake. Hannie was heading straight for a huge thicket of blackberry bushes, said DeVries. She was excited to plunge in, but I don’t think the officers felt quite the same way.

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH MURDER

Indignity to human remains

CPL DAVID LEE

 

May 13, 2019 – Second degree murder charge laid in connection with Bhavkiran Dhesi homicide\
May 21, 2019 – Second person charged in connection with Bhavkiran Dhesi homicide
May 27, 2019 – Third person charged in connection with Bhavkiran Dhesi homicide
 

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the 2017 homicide of Bhavkiran Dhesi in Surrey.


On June 21, 2019, 24-year-old Gurvinder Deo and 22-year-old Talwinder Khun Khun were arrested by IHIT investigators and charged by the B.C. Prosecution Service for accessory after the fact to murder, and indecently interfere with or offer an indignity to human remains.


IHIT investigators also gathered evidence which resulted in the B.C. Prosecution Service laying an additional charge of indecently interfere with or offer an indignity to human remains against 21-year-old Harjot Deo. Mr. Deo already faces a charge of second degree murder.


IHIT continues to investigate with the assistance of policing partners in the Lower Mainland while using resources from integrated and specialized units within the BC RCMP. Investigators are committed to finding everyone who is responsible.


“We know that there are still people out there with important information,” says Corporal David Lee of IHIT. “We urge those people to come forward.”


Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SUSPECT STEALS COP CAR

Cop chased one the other one escaped

COL ELENORE STURKO

 

n Friday, June 21st 2019, at approximately 11:30, a Surrey RCMP officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of an erratic driver near the 13600-block of 100th Avenue in Surrey. The vehicle evaded police efforts to stop it, entering into an underground parkade of a nearby building where it was contained. The two occupants of the vehicle were initially cooperative with police direction, however both later fled on foot with the officer giving chase to the driver. The passenger was able to enter and drive the police vehicle, crashing through a secure gate before departing the area.


Surrey RCMP have located and recovered the police vehicle abandoned several hundred yards away in the 9800 Block of Whalley Blvd in Surrey. A subject believed to be involved in this matter has been arrested a short distance from scene and is being held in custody on an outstanding arrest warrant. The second suspect remains outstanding at this time. As this matter is still under investigation, no additional information will be released at this time.


Anyone with information or video footage of this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019 

 

BURNABY RCMP

THREE ARRESTED FOR HAVING A LOADED HANDGUN

None were previously known to the police

STAFF SGT KEN MOE

 

n Tuesday June 18, 2019 at about 7:09 pm a concerned citizen reported that at least two persons were parked in a vehicle at Cameron Elementary School and were possibly passing a firearm back and forth between them. The Burnaby RCMP, Metro Vancouver Transit Police and the Integrated Police Dog Services attended and were able to take three young adult males into custody without incident after covertly clearing the school grounds of members of the public. None of the persons taken into custody were previously known to police.


A loaded handgun that appears to be illegal to possess in Canada was seized. The police investigation is continuing however so far it has not revealed how the firearm came to be in their possession or what they intended to do with it. The school was closed for the evening and at no time was any member of the public placed in jeopardy.


Anyone who has information, dashcam or other video regarding this incident and has not already spoken to police are encouraged to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2019-25559.

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BANK ROBBER ARRESTED

Man facing two separate charges for two banks

CST ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an arrest and charges being laid against a male in connection to two bank robberies in the Guildford area.

On June 5, 2019, at approximately 12:00 pm, Surrey RCMP officers responded to a report of a robbery at a financial institution in the 15900-block of 108 Avenue.  The suspect was described as a Caucasian male wearing a blue hoodie and a baseball cap and sunglasses, and departing the area in a black GMC pick-up truck.

A few days later on June 10, at approximately 7:30 pm, police received a report of a robbery at another financial institution in the 15900-block of Fraser Highway.  The suspect was described as a Caucasian male wearing all black.

Investigators from the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit took conduct of both investigations and were able to identify a single suspect for both occurrences. Police attended the male’s residence where they arrested the suspect and seized the GMC pick-up truck along with other supporting evidence from the robberies.

David Yaroslawsky, a 37-year-old Surrey resident, has been charged with two counts of Robbery. Yaroslawsky remains in-custody and the investigation continues.

“People who work in our community do not expect a robbery to occur when they attend work, and this can be very shocking and upsetting to some,” says Inspector Beth McAndie, Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Senior Investigator. “Crimes against individuals are of the utmost importance for the Surrey RCMP to investigate, and we hope the victims in these occurrences can take some comfort knowing the individual responsible has been arrested and charged.”  

Anyone with information, who has not already spoken with police, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

78-YEAR-OLD WOMAN ATTACKED

Man still at large, police seek dash cam footage   

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

t approximately 5:45 pm, Surrey RCMP officers received a report of an assault that occurred an hour earlier in the 14700-block of 17 Avenue.

 

The victim, a 78-year-old female, advised that she was walking with her husband westbound on 17 Avenue when they walked past an unknown male walking eastbound on 17 Avenue. The male yelled at the victim and hit her in the face with an unknown object which caused significant, but non-life threatening injuries. The suspect kept walking down 17 Avenue toward 148 Street. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of her injuries and has since been released.

 

The male suspect is described as Caucasian, middle aged, approximately 5’10” tall, with a longer upper body and shorter bowed legs, and dark hair. He was wearing jeans and dark clothing.

 

Investigators with the Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit are continuing to conduct neighbourhood inquiries looking for witnesses and possible CCTV surveillance video.

 

Anyone with information about the incident or who was in the area that may have dash cam video, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

AIR GUN ARRESTS

Police say it doesn't matter if air or not    

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an incident which occurred in close proximity to a secondary school in Cloverdale earlier today.

 

On June 13, 2019, at approximately 12:30pm, Surrey RCMP conducted a priority response after receiving a report of a possible firearm outside of a residence in the 6100 block of 180 Street. Police received information from a member of the public who had observed an apparent firearm.

 

Officers located and arrested two adult males and determined that the firearm which was observed was an airsoft gun.  Charges have not been laid and the investigation is ongoing.

 

Due to its close proximity, a nearby secondary school was placed on a “hold and secure”. However, this incident was not associated to the school.

 

“Many pellet guns and airsoft pistols are meant to closely resemble actual firearms,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko “Our officers respond to all firearms calls as if the firearm is real, and treat the potential threat as such until proven otherwise. We strongly caution members of the public against carrying or handling these types of weapons in public.”

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN

Drug dealer sought    

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is seeking assistance from the public to locate an 18-year-old man who is wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant.

 

Eighteen-year-old James Daniel, of Surrey, is wanted in relation to three charges related to drug trafficking.

 

These charges stem from an investigation which began in September of 2018 and focussed on alleged drug trafficking in Surrey and Delta, BC, related to a group of individuals associated to those involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict. (see previous release)

 

James Daniel is described as a black male, 6’1” tall, 141 lbs with a slender build, short black hair, and brown eyes.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Daniel is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

THIRD TIME UNLUCKY

Cops arrest robber after three pizza restaurant robberies      

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

etween May and June of this year, D-hut Pizza on Clearbrook Road was robbed three times.  On each occasion, a male entered the restaurant and demanded money at knife point, obtained cash, and fled the area on foot. 

 

One of these robberies occurred on June 9, 2019, at approximately 8:00 pm.  An Abbotsford Police patrol officer was in the area and was flagged down by an employee from the restaurant, and was given a description of the robbery suspect.  The description was broadcast to other officers, and within a minute, the robbery suspect was located a block away and taken into police custody.

 

Investigators have identified and charged 26 year old Kolton Kurt KLASSEN with one count of robbery at the D-hut Pizza. Further Criminal Code charges will be forwarded to BC Prosecution Services as this investigation progresses.  KLASSEN remains in custody and his next court date is set for later this week.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

TOP TEN CRASH INTERSECTIONS

Deaths and seriously injured every week    

CST ELENORE STURKO

ast year in Surrey, 19 people were killed as a result of motor vehicle collisions and a further 20 people were seriously injured. The number of pedestrians struck by vehicles: 290.  

This May, there was a collision related death or serious injury every week.

Surrey RCMP is releasing these figures to the public to highlight the serious impact that collisions have on our community, and to urge all roadway users to follow BC’s traffic laws.

High risk driving behaviour contributes to a large proportion of fatal and serious collisions. Those driving behaviours include distracted driving, speeding, and impaired driving. The majority (80%) of collisions occur at intersections.  

Using data from the previous three years our analysts have identified a list of the top collision intersections in Surrey. 

Each intersection below is listed with the number of collisions occurring over the previous three years.

128TH ST / 96TH AVE – 24
96TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 18
104TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 18
64TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 17
176TH ST / FRASER HWY – 16
128TH ST / 72ND AVE – 16
72ND AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 15
68TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 14
128TH ST / 80TH AVE – 14
88TH AVE / KING GEORGE BLVD – 13

 “Police enforcement alone can not make Surrey’s roadways safer,” said Sergeant Ian MacLellan, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services.  “We urge our roadway users to follow the rules of the road, and to understand that by doing so, they will prevent motor vehicle collision deaths and serious injuries in Surrey.” 

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

ABBOTSFORD PD HONOURS THEIR OWN

Top employees and cops   

SGT JUDY BIRD

Mrs. Stacey MacLeod and Cst. Ian Parks.

oday, we honour the outstanding achievements of the men and women of the Abbotsford Police Department, and of truly remarkable citizens who have contributed to our AbbyPD community.  At our awards celebration, we recognize those who have demonstrated extraordinary acts of courage, compassion and work performance, and celebrate many of our long-serving police officers and civilian employees.

 “I am incredibly proud of the sworn and civilian men and women of the Abbotsford Police Department who are truly dedicated to making Abbotsford the safest city in BC.  Today we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of not only our own people, but also of those members of our community who, sometimes at great personal risk, have helped a fellow citizen in need.  As Chief of the Abbotsford Police Department, I am fortunate that I get to hear about the amazing work of our staff every day, and I am glad that we have this opportunity to share some of these stories of courage, compassion and innovation with our families and friends.  Abbotsford should find comfort in knowing that this is a community that will get involved and make a difference, and that its police department will always go above and beyond, serving with honour, integrity and courage. There truly is strength in community. To each of you receiving a commendation or other recognition today, congratulations and thank you for your exceptional service," said Chief Mike Serr.

AbbyPD staff receiving commendations today:

• Police Officer of the Year: Constable Ian Parks

• Civilian Employee of the Year: Mrs. Stacey MacLeod

• Chief Constable’s Commendation: Constable Leisa Shea and Detective Alex Wood

Inspector’s Commendation: Constable Nolan Moore, Constable David Gronmyr, Constable Cory Johansen, Constable Amy Porth, Constable Adam Marchinkow, Constable Mike Willford, Constable Renae Williams and Constable Robert Hryhorczuk

• Director’s Commendation: Inspector Casey Vinet, Detective Corrie Haines, Detective Roy McBeth, Constable John Wilcox, Ms. Kelly Pater and Ms. Sheila Doyle

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 

 

SURREY

DO YOU KNOW THESE MEN?

RCMP look to ID assault suspects   

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he investigation began on May 2, 2019, at approximately 6:30 pm. That evening, Surrey RCMP received multiple calls reporting a physical fight in the middle of traffic on Fraser Highway near 176 Street. Frontline officers attended the scene but all participants had left the area.  Investigators followed-up on witness information and located the victim at a residence. The victim, an 18-year-old male, suffered minor injuries.

 

One man allegedly involved, has already been arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm.

 

Investigators are now releasing photos and seeking public assistance to identify three other men who were also allegedly involved in the incident.

 

• Suspect 1 is described as a South Asian male, approximately 6’0” tall, with black hair, a full black beard and wearing a dark sweater with white stripes on the sleeves.

 

• Suspect 2 is described as a South Asian male, approximately 5’10” tall, with black hair and facial stubble wearing a black baseball cap and a blue sweatshirt.

 

• Suspect 3 is described as a South Asian male wearing a dark hoody.

 

Anyone who can assist in identifying the suspects, or with further information that may assist this investigation, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 

 

OSOYOOS

TWO DEAD AFTER BOATS COLLIDE

RCMP trying to rise boats    

SGT JASON BAYDA

he bodies of two boaters who were missing following a boat collision on Saturday evening, have been recovered by police.

On June 9, 2019 shortly after 7:00 p.m., the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team located and recovered the bodies of a 35-year-old man from Kamloops and a 36-year-old man of Maple Ridge BC, from Osoyoos lake.

The RCMP remain at the scene in an effort to raise both boats from the bottom of the lake. The investigation into the cause of this collision is ongoing.

Osoyoos RCMP is being assisted by RCMP marine analysts who specialize in investigating marine collisions.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating to determine how, where, when and by what means these two men came to their death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, neither the RCMP nor the Coroners Service will be releasing or confirming identity.

The Osoyoos RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the boats prior to the collision, or anyone who may have security cameras or other video recording devices that overlook the lake, to call 250-495-7236.

 

  MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 

 

WILLIAMS LAKE

WOMAN FOUND DEAD ON RESERVE

Police look for clues    

SGT JANELLE SHOIHET

he North District Major Crime Unit have been called to assist the Williams Lake RCMP Detachment in a investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday evening.

Just after 6 p.m. on June 8, Frontline RCMP officers from Williams Lake and Alexis Creek were called to the Toosey Reserve to assist BC Emergency Health Services, who were responding to report that a woman was severely injured and required emergency assistance. When first responders arrived they found a 33-year-old woman suffering from fatal injuries. Despite life-saving efforts the woman could not be revived and died at the scene.

The nature of, or the mechanism of the victim’s injuries, will not be disclosed at this time.

A local man was arrested for murder at the scene and remains in custody as the investigation progresses. No charges have been laid.

Williams Lake General Investigation Section (GIS) and the North District Major Crime Unit (ND MCU) with assistance from Frontline officers are currently in the evidence gathering stage and have identified two possible scenes. One on the reserve and another at Lovers Leap. Both scenes will be inaccessible for an undetermined amount of time, while the forensic examinations are underway.

S/Sgt. Todd Wiebe of the ND MCU asks, We understand this reserve is a close knit community and there is bound to be information being shared amongst the members and community of Williams Lake at large. If you have information about this tragic incident and have not already spoken to investigators, we ask to contact either the Williams Lake RCMP or MCU and an investigator will arrange to speak with you.

While the investigation is still in it’s infancy, our investigators believe that is an isolated incident and the community is not at risk, states Inspector Jeff Pelley Officer in Charge Williams Lake RCMP. We are working with and will continue to support the ND MCU as we move toward the court process, he continues.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

ERRATIC DRIVING LEADS TO ARRESTS

Weapon, drugs, cash found    

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n Tuesday evening, at approximately 8:50 pm, an Abbotsford Police patrol officer observed a Nissan Altima travelling at approximately 130 km/hr on Downes Road.  The Altima was also observed passing another vehicle on a double solid line.  The officer engaged his lights and siren and the vehicle pulled over on Glenmore Road. 

 

The two occupants, both 21-year-old males, were arrested.  A search of the vehicle located cell phones, suspected oxycodone tablets, a large amount of Canadian currency and a stolen firearm. 

 

This incident is still under investigation.  Drug, firearm and driving charges have been forwarded to BC Prosecution Service for consideration. 

 

As charges have not yet been sworn, the suspects’ names cannot be released at this time.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

YOUTHS ASSAULTED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

Police tracked suspects via social media posts    

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of two separate incidents of alleged assault at a secondary school in the Guildford area.

On Friday May 31, at approximately 11:30 am, the Surrey RCMP received a report of an assault that had occurred near a secondary school located in the 16000-block of 104 Avenue. 

Investigators learned that there was a physical confrontation between a group of a teens over a personal conflict. School staff quickly intervened and the suspects fled the area. During the incident, it is believed one individual dropped an imitation air-soft handgun as it was located by staff members in the bushes. Police were called and officers attended the scene, seized the air-soft hand gun and began their investigation.

On Monday June 3, at approximately 11:30 am, a lone teen was approached by a group of teens on the same school grounds and allegedly threatened and assaulted in relation to the incident that occurred on Friday. This incident was not reported to police nor the school.

Both the Surrey School District and Surrey RCMP became aware of this incident the following day after being advised by a third party of a social media post about the incident.

The Surrey RCMP Youth Unit investigated both matters in collaboration with the Surrey School District. The involved parties have now been identified. Together, with their parents, participants have agreed to further deal with these matters by way of alternate measures under the Youth and Criminal Justice Act, through the Surrey School District Safe Schools programs and by the Surrey RCMP’s Restorative Justice and Youth Intervention programs.

“Our Restorative Justice program creates accountability of those involved in crime to repair the harm caused by their actions and to recognize the hurt it caused to an individual and community.” says Inspector Wendy Mehat, Community Support and Safety Officer, “This process supports our youth by providing alternative measures to address their actions instead of the formal court process and criminal justice system.”

The Surrey School District has initiated disciplinary proceedings, which are not expected to conclude before the end of the school year. In the meantime, none of the students will return to Fraser Heights this school year and an alternative education program has been put in place for them.

“Our entire school community has been affected and is deeply concerned about the impact of this incident on our student,” says Fraser Heights Secondary principal Rick Breen. “The school has been working with the victim’s family to provide support for the teen going forward.”

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR TWO ARMED ROBERIES

Police located black pickup truck    

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of the arrest and charge of a local man for allegedly robbing two convenience stores in the Guildford area.

 

On May 28 and May 30 2019, Surrey RCMP officers responded to two robberies. The first robbery took place at a convenience store in the 9600-block of 152 Street, the second occurring at a convenience store in the 10000-block of 152 Street.

 

In both incidents the suspect allegedly displayed a firearm and demanded money prior to fleeing in a black pick-up truck.

 

On May 31, the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit, with the assistance of the High Risk Target Team, located the black pick-up truck and subsequently arrested the suspect without incident.

 

Victor Harrison, 28-years-old from Surrey, has been charged with Robbery, Attempt robbery and two counts of Use of imitation firearm while committing and indictable offence. Harrison remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

 

“Robberies can be traumatising for the victims involved, particularly when firearms are involved,” said Inspector Beth McAndie, “Violent crimes against people, including robberies, are a top priority for the Surrey RCMP to investigate and prevent.”

  

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

GAS STATION ROBBERY

Suspect arrested, police seek witnesses, dash cam footage    

SGT JUDY BIRD

he Abbotsford Police Department is seeking witnesses to a robbery which occurred at the Shell gas station on Harris Road at approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday, May 25th.  On this date, a male walked up to the cashier, produced a gun and demanded money.  The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.

A 39-year-old Abbotsford man has been arrested for this robbery.  However, detectives believe there may have been other customers in the parking lot who witnessed the robbery and the suspect leaving the scene. Any witnesses to this incident are asked to contact AbbyPD as soon as possible.

Investigators are also seeking dashboard camera footage from anyone who may have been driving in the area of Riverside Road and Harris Road during this time. 

AbbyPD may be contacted at 604-859-5225 or by text message at 222973. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report online at solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

STOLEN VEHICLE ENDS WITH CRASH

Two arrested after fleeing    

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP have taken two people into custody following a multi vehicle collision involving a stolen vehicle.

 

This afternoon, June 4, 2019, at approximately 2:30 pm, a stolen vehicle collided with a police car and three other vehicles in traffic in what police believe was an attempt to flee.

 

The incident unfolded as a Surrey RCMP Frontline Officer was responding to an unrelated file. The officer had his emergency lights and siren activated and was travelling South on King George Blvd.  As the officer approached the intersection at 96 Ave, a stolen vehicle ran a red light and collided with vehicles in traffic on Eastbound 96. The officer was unaware of the stolen vehicle until the incident unfolded.

 

A man and woman ran from the stolen vehicle, but have both been arrested and are in police custody.

 

No serious injuries were reported as a result of the collisions.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

WALLET FOUND WITH CASH

Police look to find owner    

SGT. PETER DEVRIES

orth Vancouver RCMP are hoping to find the owner of a remarkably generic men’s wallet. It is described as black. And leather. And it folds.

The wallet was turned over to police by Capilano Mall security, who found it on May 2, 2019, around 1:30PM. It contained no identification, no cards, and had no distinctive marks or labels. Very boring indeed.

Slightly less boring, it did contain a fair amount of cash, and police are hoping to find its owner. And no, saying the bills all have a picture of the Queen on them will not be enough to convince us it’s yours.

Here’s how you can convince us:


• Tell us how much money is in the wallet
• Tell us what denomination the bills are
• Tell us what you were doing in the mall that day
• Find some way to prove you were in the mall that day
• Tell us where in the mall it would have been found
 

Anyone who wishes to claim ownership of the wallet can call Cst. Chantal Gauthier at (604) 985-1311 or contact her via email at chantal.gauthier@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

ARMED MAN ARRESTED IN STOLEN TRUCK

AIR1 followed vehicle until it was parked     

CPL ELENORE STURKO

n May 28, 2019, investigators with the Surrey RCMP Auto Crime Target Team (ACTT) located a Ford F150 pick-up truck at a residence in the 14000-block of 106 Avenue, which matched the description of a truck reported stolen out of Vancouver the previous day.

While surveillance was underway, a male suspect entered the truck and drove away. After confirming the licence plate, officers were able to establish that it was stolen. ACTT with the assistance of Air1 continued to observe the vehicle until it stopped and parked in the 12200-block of Industrial Road. Police arrested the driver and located a loaded sawed-off shotgun, ammunition and seized the truck.

The occupant, Benjamin James Gilleland, is 33-years-old from Surrey and faces a variety of charges including, 3 firearms related charges, 2 charges for possession of stolen property, and 6 charges of breaching probation or recognizance orders.

Gilleland remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

“The Auto Crime Target Team conducts targeted enforcement in strategic areas based on statistical analysis and crime trends,” says Acting Pro-Active Enforcement Officer, Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins, “Stolen vehicles are often used in further crimes, through investigating stolen vehicles we are able to stem other offences from occurring in the city and in this case we have seized a prohibited firearm. The safe arrest of this subject and vehicle seizure is an example of how our specialized units work together to leverage their resources to best effect. “

Anyone with information related to this investigation, or any other suspicious activity in their neighbourhood is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

DEVRIES: BIKE THEFTS ARE CRIMES OF

OPPORTUNITY

Thief caught riding a stolen $4000 bicycle     

SGT PETER DEVRIES

 

CMP officers in North Van arrested an alleged bike thief Monday, May 27, 2019. On Tuesday the 28th, the BC Prosecution Service approved two charges against 22-year-old Matthew James Hurren, of no fixed address with one count of Possession of Stolen Property and one count of theft Under $5000 in relation to the case.

At around 2:00PM on May 27, 2019, North Vancouver RCMP received a report of a stolen bicycle from a resident in the Deep Cove area of North Vancouver. She reported that at some time in the preceding hour two mountain bikes that had been secured with a lock on the back of a vehicle parked at her residence, had been stolen.

A short time later, officers patrolling for suspects spotted Mr. Hurren near Cates Park allegedly riding one of the stolen bicycles, which is valued at around $4000. Officers took him into custody at the scene.

North Vancouver RCMP’s crime statisticians have identified an increase in bike thefts in certain areas of North Vancouver since the beginning of January. Well, more people are getting their bikes out now that the weather has warmed up, said Sgt. Peter DeVries, spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. They’re riding to coffee shops, they have their bikes outside in their carports, they have them in the backs of their pickups after heading up for trail ride. They’re more visible, so we’re not all that surprised to see an increase. That’s because bike thefts are largely crimes of opportunity.

Combating bike thefts can be challenging for police. Thieves commonly dismantle a stolen bike within a few hours, then reassemble it using parts from other stolen bikes. When we see a known bike thief with a bike or some bike parts, we will stop and question them, said DeVries. The problem is, even if we are highly suspicious that it might be stolen, if the owner hasn’t reported it to us along with the serial number, or taken the time to engrave identity markings on the main components, there’s nothing we can do. We have to let them go on their way. It’s frustrating.

Even when bikes are locked, experienced thieves are proficient at defeating many security devices. But often people still leave valuable bikes unsecured. "I like to ask people, ‘How much did you pay for your bike?’, and they’ll say $2,500 or something," said DeVries. "Then I ask them to imagine that amount of money as a pile of 20’s, 50’s, and 100 dollar bills, and ask if they would leave a stack of that amount of cash on a railing outside Starbucks while they popped in for an iced coffee. It’s really no different."

There are many ways to make your bike a less appealing target for thieves, but we’ve narrowed it down to three, easy to remember principles:

Always Lock, Layer, Label.

Layer your locks (make a game out of seeing how many layers you can create), for example:

• Remove your front wheel and lock it together with your frame to something solid
• Lock your rear wheel with a separate lock
• Lock all of these inside a locked building like a garage or storage room
• Remove your seat and take it with you

Label each major component with your driver’s license number or phone number, or record the serial #, because:

• We always look for markings that will allow us to find an owner
• Serial numbers can only be traced if you’ve registered it
• The easiest way we can find you is by your driver’s license number or phone number

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SIX ARRESTED IN DRUG STING

Long-term investigation takes large quantity of fentanyl off the streets     

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a long-term investigation which has resulted in multiple charges and arrests related to an illicit drug trafficking group operating throughout the Lower Mainland.

The investigation began in September of 2018 and focussed on alleged drug trafficking in Surrey and Delta, BC, related to a group of individuals associated to those involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

This lengthy investigation resulted in thirty-eight charges being approved against 6 individuals. The majority of these charges were in relation to the trafficking of a controlled substance specifically suspected fentanyl and cocaine.

During the investigation, police executed search warrants at two separate residences, one in Surrey and one in Delta. As a result of these search warrants, police located bulk and pre-packaged fentanyl as well as evidence which led police to believe that large volumes of fentanyl were being trafficked.

Six men have been charged in this investigation. All have been arrested with the exception of Ryan Bruinsma, who is deceased and James Daniel, who is wanted within BC but investigators believe he no longer resides in the province.

• 51-year-old Jasbir Singh Khabra, of Surrey, is facing 11 charges related to drug trafficking.

• 19-year-old Matthew Ramone Mann, of Delta, is facing 8 charges related to drug trafficking.

• 19-year-old Gurdeep Singh Bains, of Delta, is facing 6 charges related to drug trafficking.

• 18-year-old Martin Djunga, of Surrey, is facing 3 charges related to drug trafficking.

• 18-year-old James Daniel, of Surrey, is facing 3 charges related to drug trafficking.

Ryan Allan Bruinsma, who is now deceased, was charged with 7 counts related to drug trafficking.

“Although this investigation was lengthy, the results will have a positive long-term impact on the community through the disruption of a criminal network,” said Acting Community Services Officer Inspector Wendy Mehat. “We will continue to strategically target networks and interdict individuals engaged in drug trafficking to keep our community safe.”

Large scale investigations can begin with a simple tip from the public. Anyone with information that could assist us in our investigations is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
 

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

COPS GO POSTAL OVER PISTOL

Suspect bought guns with fake papers     

SGT PETER DEVRIES

 

 

high-stakes, fast paced investigation by North Vancouver RCMP into a mail-order handgun purchase has led to seven charges against a North Van resident. With the assistance of a police negotiator, the Serious Crimes Unit made an arrest in less than 24 hours, and on May 23, 2019 the BC Prosecution Service approved the following charges against 29-year-old Trevor Glenn Beaton:

Count 1: Possession of a Restricted Weapon Contrary to a Prohibition Order;
Count 2: Careless Handling of a Firearm;
Count 3: Unauthorized Possession of a Restricted Firearm;
Count 4: Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Device or Ammunition;
Count 5: Possession of a Restricted Firearm While it is Loaded;
Count 6: Unlawful Possession of Identity Documents; and
Count 7: Identity Theft

On the morning of April 30, 2019, RCMP in North Vancouver commenced an investigation after receiving information from Armstrong RCMP about a fraudulent transaction involving the private sale of a handgun to a buyer in North Van. "We absolutely did not want another illegal handgun to make it to the street," said Sgt. Peter DeVries, media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. "We knew we had a limited amount of time before it would be lost to the criminal element. So we jumped on it. We worked hard, we worked smart, and we worked fast."

The gun, a "Glock 34 Gen 4", had been purchased online and then shipped to an address in North Vancouver. The suspect, who was known to police, allegedly purchased the restricted firearm under a false name using documents belonging to another person, and then had the gun shipped to an address in North Vancouver.

By the end of the day officers had tracked the suspect to an address in Vancouver, and shortly after midnight on the morning of May 1st they made an arrest. They got the suspect in less than 24 hours, but they still didn’t have the gun. Yet. So they obtained search warrants for two units at an address in Vancouver where they thought the gun was stashed and started looking. "We got it," said DeVries. Police located a variety of other items, including ammunition, holsters, and an airsoft pistol. "It’s one less stray bullet, one less armed robbery, one less danger to the community."

Mr. Beaton has been remanded in the custody of BC Corrections until his next court appearance on June 10, 2019.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

A WHEEL BAD DAY FOR CROOKS

Cops tail car thieves from Surrey to Richmond     

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

n May 21, 2019 at approximately 2:00 pm, officers with the Surrey RCMP Auto Crime Target Team (ACTT) located a stolen Honda Civic near 159 Street and 87 Avenue. With assistance from the Surrey RCMP’s Property Crime Target Team (PCTT), the Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) and Air 1, ACTT officers followed the Honda to Richmond where they observed two of the occupants steal another Honda Civic. Investigators continued to follow both vehicles until they were safely stopped and all three individuals were arrested.

 

Rajveer Dosanjh, 31-years-old of Surrey, has been charged with Theft of automobile, Possession of stolen property, Possession of instrument for purpose of breaking into a vehicle, and Prohibited driving. Kyle Vipond, 26-years-old of Surrey, has been charged with Theft of automobile. Tia Pozdnikoff, 26-years-old of Langley, has been charged with Knowingly being an occupant in a stolen vehicle. Both Dosanjh and Vipond are known to police and are current priority target offenders.

 

“Our property crime investigation teams and crime anlysts continue to work together to target individuals and areas based on crime data which is evident in these arrests and charges,” says Inspector Mike Hall, Pro-Active Enforcement Officer, “Strategically addressing property crime is key to ensuring we are deploying our resources in a manner that impacts and lessens the property crime in our community.” 

 

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

SURREY PD

SEX OFFENDER RELEASED TO SURREY

Earon Giles out from a twenty-two year jail term     

CPL ELENOR STURKO

urrey RCMP has issued a public interest warning under the Privacy Act of Canada regarding a dangerous sex offender who poses a high risk to re-offend. Earon Wayne Giles was released from prison on May 24, 2019, in the Lower Mainland and is residing in Surrey.

In 1997 Earon Giles received a twenty-two-year sentence after being convicted of 6 counts of Break and Enter and Sexual Assault committed against women in the City of Surrey.

Earon Giles has been deemed a high risk to re-offend and is currently subject to a number of court ordered conditions, including, in part,

1. Keep the peace and be of good behaviour. 2. You shall remain within the Province of British Columbia unless prior written permission to go outside the Province is obtained from the Court.

3. You shall have no contact, direct or indirect, with any of the victims of the offences for which you have been convicted or any known members of their immediate families.

4. You shall not attend within 300 metres of any known residence, place of employment or educational facility of any of the victims of the offences for which you have been convicted or any known members of their immediate families.

5. You shall not consume or possess alcohol or any controlled substances as listed in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act excluding prescription medication prescribed to you by a licensed physician or dentist and you can only consume prescribed medication in the dosage prescribed by the doctor or dentist.

6. You shall not enter any bar, tavern, liquor store, beer and/or wine store, or business whose primary purpose is the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages.

7. You shall not possess, own or carry any weapon, including but not limited to any firearm, crossbow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition or explosive substance, and any related authorizations, licenses and registration certificates.

8. For the duration of this order, you must obey a curfew by being inside your residence between the hours of 10PM and 6AM, each day.

9. You shall not possess any tool or device that can be used for the purpose of restraint, including but is not limited to: duct tape, straps, rope, or wire unless specifically needed for onsite employment which is approved of by your bail supervisor.

10. You must not possess any tools or instruments capable of use from criminal activity, including: pry bars, screw drivers, bump keys, bolt cutters, pliers, blow torches, grinders, night vision goggles, slim jims, lock picks except while on your property and for the purpose of employment and then only when immediately engaged in work or travelling to or from your place of employment.

If you see any suspicious behaviour including, but not limited to a breach of these conditions, do not approach Mr. GILES, but contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

SOVIET-MADE SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE SEIZED

Illegal driver snared in Chilliwack     

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n May 22, 2019, plain clothes officers in the Abbotsford Police Department Crime Reduction Unit observed a vehicle being operated by a male who was known to be a prohibited driver. Due to the subject’s previous dangerous driving behavior, officers surveilled the vehicle until it stopped in a Chilliwack parking lot, and the occupant, 39-year-old Tyler HOULE exited. 

 

With the assistance of the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Service Unit, Mr. HOULE was arrested without incident on outstanding warrants.  A search of his vehicle yielded a loaded and unregistered SKS rifle. Police continue this investigation.

 

HOULE is facing additional charges of prohibited driving, and of occupying a vehicle knowing a prohibited firearm, restricted firearm or non-restricted firearm was contained inside, contrary to Section 94(1) of the Criminal Code.  HOULE was released subject to several court conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 17, 2019.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN PD

MAN CAUGHT TWICE FOR DUI IN SAME DAY

Second time and his dad's car was impounded for 30 days     

SGT PETER DEVRIES

North Vancouver driver was arrested yesterday for impaired driving, a mere 3 hours after he was suspended for the same thing.

On Thursday, May 23, at 12:25 PM, North Vancouver RCMP received a report from a cyclist who saw an erratic driver crash into a parked car in the area of Capilano Rd. and Montroyal Blvd. Frontline officers attended and investigated the caused of the crash. The driver, a man in his 30’s, was uninjured, but evidence at the scene prompted officers to complete a thorough assessment of the driver’s alcohol consumption.

After the driver failed a breath test using a roadside screening device, officers seized his driver’s license and prohibited him from driving for 90 days. The vehicle, which belongs to his father, was also seized and will be impounded for 30 days. In order to make sure the man returned home safely, officers dropped him off at his house.

In an episode of déjà vu, just 3 hours later, around 3:30 PM, police received another report of an erratic driver who almost hit a cyclist, then crashed into a parked car on Lonsdale Ave. The same officer attended the scene and found the same man behind the wheel. This time the man was driving his mother’s car. It appeared he had continued drinking after his last accident, and, after another assessment of his alcohol consumption, officers arrested him for impaired driving. His mom’s car was impounded for 7 days.

This guy should probably never go to Vegas, said Sgt. Peter DeVries, media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. It’s unbelievable. And sure, there is something comical about it but that humour has to pass quickly. He could have killed someone. Many other drunk drivers have. We need to keep these people off the road, and that's what we try to do every day.

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

ARSON SUSPECTED IN HOUSE FIRE

Van used to ignite house     

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

bbotsford Emergency Services were called to a residence in the 2200-block of Bedford Pl for a vehicle on fire. Upon arrival, Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service located a fully-engulfed minivan near the residence. Fire crews found smoke in the garage and attic areas of the home, but were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the residence. 

 

Police investigators have learned that at approximately 3:15 am, the minivan was backed into the residence’s driveway by an unknown man.  An accelerant was thrown into the van, and lit on fire. A male suspect, wearing a hoodie, jeans and dark shoes, was seeing running from the driveway. 

 

At the time of this fire, the residence was occupied by four adults and a child. Luckily, all were able to exit the home.  All were taken by BC Ambulance Service to hospital for smoke inhalation, and one male was treated for a burn to his hand.

 

Abbotsford Major Crime Detectives have assumed this investigation.  At this time, investigators are unsure as to the motive. 

 

The Abbotsford Police Department is appealing to anyone with information about this incident to call 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd), or to report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or online at Solvecrime.ca.