The Fraser Valley's Most-Read Crime News

Police News & Crime Headlines

 

The Valley Voice 2018 Crime Archives

 

 

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

CHILD FALLS FROM 3RD FLOOR

Police say window screen wasn't secure

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

n September 21st, 2019, at approximately 3:30 pm British Columbia Health Services called the Surrey RCMP to advise that they were presently on scene in the 100-block of 153rd St., Surrey, B.C. where a 4-year-old child had fallen from a window and had been injured.

 

Prior to Police arriving, the ambulance had transported the child to the hospital for treatment.  Persons on-scene and from the neighbouring residences were spoken to.  It was determined that the child had been climbing on furniture within the residence and slipped off falling against a screen that had given way and the child fell through the 3rd storey window landing on grassy area in front of the residence. 

 

Officers of the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit, attended to the hospital, and spoke to family member of the child   The injuries were non-life threatening, with a fracture being the most serious injury.  The child is believed to make a full recovery.

 

RCMP would like to remind parents, that it is important to ensure that windows and screens are fully secured, and that children when active, especially at a young age, do not understand the potential dangers that doors, and windows, above the ground can be extremely dangerous, and as they are curious can easily fall through when the door and / or window are not properly secured.

 

 

These two BC license plates are both genuine, but the bottom license-plate has a badly hand-drawn decal that was caught by a police officer.  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

CAN YOU SPOT THE FAKE PLATE

Cops offer some tips

CST MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

an you spot the difference between the valid license plate and the forgery? When it comes to insuring your vehicle, Mounties are urging you to avoid getting creative.

Coquitlam RCMP seized this altered license plate off a van in June, 2019, and then towed the vehicle from Port Coquitlam, after an alert citizen called to report the vehicle as suspicious.

We’re used to hearing creative excuses for people trying to get out of a ticket, but I’d love to have heard this driver’s explanation, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. This particular van was unoccupied when we found it and had multiple drivers associated to the vehicle. Had we stopped it while it was moving the driver would have faced some serious consequences.

Here are some of the legal headaches that can come with a forged license plate decal:

• No insurance (or expired insurance): Motor Vehicle Act, 24(3)(b) with a fine of $598.00

• Alteration and use of fictitious number plates or documents: MVA 74(1) and a court date

• Forgery: Criminal Code section 366(1) and a court date

I’ve often been asked about the best way to avoid getting pulled over by police, says Corporal McLaughlin. There’s a simple answer; you’ll never have to worry about getting pulled over for fines or court dates if you insure your vehicle properly, display your plates correctly, and obey the law.

 

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

TEENS CHARGED IN STABBING DEATH

IHIT say 45-year-old died

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is announcing second degree murder charges laid against two male youths with respect to the death of Paul Prestbakmo.

 

On August 16, 2019 at about 3:23 a.m., 45-year-old Paul Prestbakmo was fatally stabbed in the 1800-block of 152 Street in Surrey, B.C.  IHIT took conduct of the investigation and quickly advanced the case with support from its many partners.  IHIT and Paul’s family made an appeal to the community for witnesses to come forward and many responded.  Witness development was key to this investigation and the information gathered helped shed further light and assisted investigators in piecing together the circumstances surrounding Paul’s death.  

 

On September 19, 2019, two youths aged 15 and 16 were each charged with second degree murder in connection with Paul’s death.  The 15-year-old youth has been in-custody since August 22, 2019 for failing to abide by court imposed conditions.  The 16-year-old youth has been in-custody since August 21, 2019 for the same reasons.

 

“IHIT investigators worked steadfastly to secure and compile the evidence for charge approval and today’s outcome would not have been possible without their tireless efforts,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We recognize that this is a very difficult time for Paul’s family as they are grieving his death and we hope that we were able to provide them with some answers.” 

 

“A violent incident like this has significant impacts on both the victim’s family and the surrounding community, as their sense of safety is upended,” says Corporal Elenore Sturko with the Surrey RCMP.  “It is our sincere hope that the quick conclusion to this investigation will bring a measure of comfort to both Mr. Prestbakmo’s family and to the South Surrey community.”

 

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call 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) or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

TEENS DRINKING IN LIMOUSINE

Police say parents should be vigilant

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP and Surrey Bylaw Enforcement have joined together to conduct targeted enforcement focussed on underage drinking in chauffeured vehicles. 

 

Recently, Surrey RCMP received information alleging alcohol consumption by youth and young adults on “party buses” and limousines in the Strawberry Hills area of Newton. It was alleged that youth and young adults were paying a fee and being permitted to consume alcohol on-board. 

 

As a result, Surrey RCMP and Surrey Bylaw Enforcement embarked on overt enforcement to ensure the safety of young people who may be participating in these events.

 

On August 31st, at 9:00 pm, Surrey RCMP Traffic Enforcement Team members conducted a traffic stop with a party bus. The bus was found to have 40 intoxicated youth passengers, all aged between 15-18 years-old. Officers also located open liquor with youth inside the bus.

The driver of the bus received multiple violation tickets related to the bus being operated over the 35-person capacity, having open liquor in a vehicle, and not holding a chauffeur’s license.

 

Police and Bylaw Enforcement have also conducted follow up with the owner of the party bus, reviewing the expectations of compliance with the Motor Vehicle Act and Liquor Control and Licensing Act.

 

“We will be continuing to conduct this type of targeted enforcement in our efforts to keep the community safe,” says Sergeant Ian MacLellan, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services Commander “We are also bringing this information to the public in order to arm parents with information about how youth may be accessing alcohol, in support of parents’ efforts to keep their kids safe.”  

 

If you are a parent and have concerns that your child may be getting involved with dangerous or illegal activity, assistance is available through our Parent Helpline: 604-599-7800.

 

 

 

   SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

PROLIFIC BURGLAR CHARGED

Man faces multiple counts for break and enter

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

n September 4, 2019, officers from the Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit (PCU) arrested a major property crime offender. The lengthy and painstaking investigation utilized every policing technique, tool, and technology available and culminated in connections made to multiple break-ins spanning August 2018 to January 2019.

As of August 1, 2019, the BC Prosecution Service approved the following charges against Shane Brandon Lee Takakenew, 23, of Vancouver:

• 3 counts of break and enter to a dwelling house with intent to commit an indictable offence of theft contrary to Sec. 348(1)(a) and Sec. 463 C.C.C.
• 9 counts of break and enter to a dwelling house contrary to Sec. 348(1)(b) C.C.C.

The accused has a lengthy list of conditions set out by the court including:

• not to be within the city of Richmond, British Columbia.
• not to be on any private residential property unless it is owned or leased by him.
• not to possess any tool or instrument that can be used for criminal activity

“We are releasing a photo of this individual in order to further our own investigations, obtain additional information from the community, and to prevent further offences. We wish to re-assure the community that we never rest” says Sergeant Simon Lee, NCO i/c Richmond RCMP Crime Reduction Unit. “If you observe Mr. Takakenew in breach of any of these conditions, contact us immediately” adds Sgt. Lee.

 

 

   SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 

 

IIOC RCMP

DRUG DEALER'S HEAD BONKED

Man chased on bicycle chased by police ends up in hospital

STAFF SGT. JANELLE SHOILET

 

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

Just after 11:30 a.m. on September 12, 2019, Prince George RCMP plainclothes officers witnessed, what they believed to be a drug transaction, in the 1100-block of 3 Avenue. A frontline officer who was nearby, attempted to arrest a 28-year-old Prince George man, however he fled on his bicycle into a rail yard located in the 1900-block of 1 Avenue, prior to being taking into custody. One of the officers who witnessed the initial incident attempted to stop the man, during that officers attempt to stop the man on his bike, the man suffered a head injury.

 

The man was transported to a local area hospital by BC Emergency Health Services with what have been determined to be serious but non-life threatening injuries.

 

The IIO BC has been notified and is investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the mans injuries. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

 

 

   SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 

 

IIOC RCMP

SHOOT FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LATER

Wounded man, shot by police, escapes to log boom

DIC DAWN ROBERTS

 

n September 13, at approximately 1:00 a.m., RCMP received a complaint of a male jumping in a front of a vehicle along Westside Road near Bear Creek Provincial Park and tried to hit the vehicle with an object. West Kelowna RCMP members responded and located a male in the park they believed to be connected with the complaint carrying garden shears. While attempting to arrest the individual, an interaction occurred and the male was shot by police; however he fled and entered Okanagan Lake. He ended up on a log boom in the lake and police began to negotiate with the man. Additional members were called in to assist from the Kelowna RCMP. With the assistance of police officers both on the water in a RCMP boat and on the shore, he was eventually taken into custody at approximately 7:21 a.m. without further incident. He received immediate medical assistance and his injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.
 

The scene has been secured, and the Independent Investigation Office of BC (IIO BC) has been notified and have deployed to the scene. IIO BC will assume conduct of the investigation into the police-involved shooting.

 

West Kelowna RCMP will continue to investigate the initial complaint and are looking to speak with any witnesses who have not already spoken to police. Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

 

 

   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

POLICE RELEASE PHOTO OF SHOOTING VICTIM

IHIT reaches out to the community for tips

SGT FRANK JANG

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the shooting death of 33-year-old Justin Haevischer. 

On September 10, 2019 shortly after 8 p.m., Justin Haevischer was shot to death outside a McDonald’s restaurant at 264 Street and 56 Avenue in Langley, B.C.  IHIT and the Langley RCMP continue to complete priority tasks and gather evidence.

IHIT is releasing Justin Haevischer’s name in an effort to determine his activities and who he may have had contact with prior to his death.

“Our investigators continue to push ahead on this investigation and urge any witnesses who have yet to come forward to call IHIT immediately,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 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).

 

   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

DRUNK DRIVER CHARGED TWICE

Woman drives away from court drunk

SGT PETER DE VRIES

 

n March 29, 2019, North Vancouver Provincial Court staff reported to RCMP that they suspected a woman who had just appeared on an impaired driving charge was impaired when she drove away from the courthouse.

 

North Vancouver RCMP officers responded quickly and were able to intercept the woman as she arrived at her North Vancouver residence. They conducted an impaired driving investigation, and as a result BC Prosecution Service approved new charges against a 57 year old female resident of North Vancouver. She faces a criminal charge of Impaired Driving in addition to sanctions under the Motor Vehicle Act.

 

In an era of increased public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, it’s shocking that someone would make the decision to drive from court impaired by alcohol, said Corporal Jamie Raison, North Vancouver RCMP Traffic Services, The North Van RCMP are committed to keeping the streets safe for our community, and this is a good example of how the community helps us enforce alcohol related driving offences.

The alleged offender will be back in court on September 11.

 

 

   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

THEFTS FROM VEHICLES ON THE UPTICK

Tips to avoid luring thieves

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

ver the past week, the Abbotsford Police have noticed a significant increase of theft from vehicles in the area of Marshall Rd and Emmerson St. We are asking our community to stop making it easy for thieves by removing valuables from your cars.

The most common items being stolen daily include:

• Wallets/Purses;
• Tools;
• Sunglasses;
• Electronics.

The Abbotsford Police are using significant police and volunteer resources to combat these thefts, however, continue to note that our citizens are regularly leaving valuables in the cars, creating easy targets for criminals.

Over the past month, the thefts in this area seem to be mainly between two target times: 10 am to 6 pm and 9 pm to 4 am.

Please, double check when parking your car to ensure handbags, mobile phones, GPS’s, dashcams, computers and coins are either out of sight, or removed all together from your vehicle.

There are some simple tips to prevent theft from your vehicle:

• Remove all valuables (handbags, mobile phones, GPS’s, dashcams, computers, coins, shopping bags, cigarettes, etc.) from your vehicle;
• Never leave a spare vehicle or house key in your vehicle;
• When parked- lock your doors and roll up your windows;
• Protect your insurance and registration documents as well as your garage door opener. (Carry them in your wallet or conceal them. However, ensure the documents are in the vehicle when out and about in the event you are stopped by police or in an accident).
• Install a car alarm, or use steering wheel locking device;
• If you must keep valuables in your vehicle, store and cover them in your trunk area.

To view where crime has occurred in your neighborhood, check out the AbbyPD crime map, the Department’s interactive crime mapping tool, at https://www.abbypd.ca/crime-mapping .

Please be aware of strangers in your neighbourhood and report all suspicious activity, even minor incidents such as change stolen from a car overnight. To report, please call 604-859-5225 or text on your mobile phone to 222973.

 

   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

WOMAN CHARGED IN LUGGAGE GRAB

Tremblay faces 7 charges

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

ichmond RCMP YVR Detachment has been active in their on-going investigation into luggage thefts and has successfully arrested a suspect on August 2, 2019.

As of August 26, 2019, the BC prosecution Service has approved 7 charges.

Miriam Tremblay, 26, of Vancouver, has been charged with:

7 counts of theft under $5000 contrary to Sec. 348(b) C.C.C.

The charges originated from alleged luggage carousel thefts that occurred between July 12, 2019 and August 2, 2019 at the YVR Domestic Terminal Building.

Ms.Tremblay is due in Richmond Provincial court on September 11, 2019.

“Richmond RCMP YVR Detachment is committed to ensuring the safety and security of travellers to Vancouver International Airport” says Sergeant Ross Lundie, Operations NCO, Richmond RCMP YVR Detachment. “Our officers, especially those from our Airport Crime Unit, have been steadfast in gathering evidence to move this case forward,” adds Sgt. Lundie.

 

   SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

Man Dies in Gang Killing

Police investigate Langley hit

SGT FRANK JANG

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into a homicide at a Langley McDonald’s restaurant. 

On September 10, 2019 shortly after 8 p.m., Langley RCMP frontline officers were called to a McDonald’s restaurant near 264 Street and 56 Avenue for multiple reports of a shooting.  They arrived on scene to find a man in his early thirties outside the restaurant with gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced dead at scene.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., the Abbotsford Police Department received a report of a vehicle on fire in the 27900-block of Montesina Avenue.  The vehicle is a black SUV and is believed to be linked to the earlier shooting.  Forensic specialists will be conducting a full examination of the SUV and anyone with information is urged to contact police.

IHIT has conduct of the investigation and are working to notify the victim’s family of his death and so his identity is not being released at this time.  The victim was known to police and had ties to gang activity.  This is believed to be a targeted incident.      

IHIT is working closely with its partners from the Langley RCMP, the Abbotsford Police Department, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

“This was a brazen shooting in a public space and we are fortunate that no one else was hurt,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We are urging witnesses that left the McDonald’s immediately after the shooting to come forward as well as anyone with dash cam video.”

“Langley RCMP is in total agreement with what we expect would be absolute outrage by the community for such a brazen act of violence,” says Superintendent Murray Power, Officer-in-Charge of Langley RCMP.  “No grievance between two individuals justifies this level of risk to the community.  We will provide any and all necessary support to IHIT in their investigation and continue in our collective effort with our many partners to target the ongoing gang conflict.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 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).

 

 

 

   SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

CONFIDENCE FRAUDSTER

Mounties looking for Chilliwack man

SGT PETER DEVRIES

orth Vancouver RCMP are echoing warnings from Vancouver Police Department and West Vancouver Police Department alerting the public to a recent series of confidence frauds targeting elderly victims. Between mid-July and as recently as September 4th, multiple incidents have been reported in North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Vancouver.

In order to further the police investigation, North Vancouver RCMP are identifying the suspect in these incidents, Donald Robert Quinnell, of Chilliwack. Mr. Quinnell is arrestable for at least 9 offences in North Vancouver, and multiple charges in all three jurisdictions are anticipated in the near future. Mr. Quinnell is also arrestable on an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for Breach of Probation. Police are seeking public assistance in locating Mr. Quinnell. Anyone who sees him is advised not to approach him, but to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Mr. Quinnell presents himself as a well dressed, well mannered man in his 40’s or 50’s. He approaches lone elderly people under the pretense of needing or offering help, and often targets his victims in grocery store parking lots or outside residences.

Donald Robert Quinnell is described as:

• Male Caucasian
• 6 feet 1 inch tall
• 190 pounds
• Short, brown hair
• Brown eyes
• 52-years-old
• Light to medium complexion
• May be wearing glasses and/or ball cap
• Well dressed/groomed

In some cases he says he has locked his keys out of his car and needs help, in others he offers to help carry groceries. His goal is to win the trust of his victims. Once he has their trust, he works his way into their car or home, and then quietly steals their wallets, purses and other valuables. At this time, he does not appear to pose any threat of physical violence to his victims.

"Sometimes he plays the victim and other times the saviour," said Sgt. DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "He convinces his victims to either give or receive kindness, which seems a very lovely thing. But then he uses their goodness as a distraction so he can steal their belongings. He gains trust so that he can betray it. It’s manipulative and deplorable."

Investigators have been working together with the Vancouver Police and West Vancouver Police Departments in the investigation, and to locate Mr. Quinnell. Multiple charges in all three jurisdictions are anticipated in the near future, but until Mr. Quinnell is brought into custody, police want to encourage elderly people to remain vigilant, and to report any suspicious incidents to their local police.

"It makes us angry that we have to tell the public they need to think twice before giving or accepting kindness from strangers," said Sgt. DeVries. "That’s not the kind of society we’re all trying to cultivate." Police are calling on the rest of the community to be vigilant as well. "Knowing this guy is watching the elderly in order to find his next victim, we hope everyone else will also be watching for this guy, and keeping a close eye on the elderly in our community."

Anyone who sees the suspect, or witnesses anything suspicious that seems to fit the profile of this crime, is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Anyone who may have been a victim is asked to call their local police department to report it.

 

   SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 

ABBOTSFORD PD

IS THIS YOURS?

Police look for owner of machinery in the box

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

bbotsford Police investigators have located owners and returned most of the property items that were recovered from a search warrant that was executed on July 10, 2019.

There is one item, a wooden box with a large piece of machinery that remains unclaimed. This wooden box is described as 3 ft wide, 4 ft deep and 4 feet tall. The item inside, takes up 80% of the space.

The Abbotsford Police Department wants to get stolen property back to its rightful owner! If you believe this property may belong to you, please email serial numbers or other identifying features to askproperty@abbypd.ca.

Search warrant obtained, over $300,000 in property recovered

On 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.

 

 

   SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN DIES FROM SHOOTING

IHIT looks for clues

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n September 6th at approximately 0032 hours, the Surrey RCMP responded to an altercation in the 1600 block of 160 street.

Upon police attendance, an adult victim was located suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite all attempts to revive the individual the victim succumbed to their injuries.

The parties involved are known to one another and there is no public safety risk known at this time.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP Major Crime Section.

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase, no further information will be provided at this time.

Traffic will be affected for an unknown amount of time with 160 Street shut down for both north and south bound traffic between 16th Avenue and Alder Place.

 

   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

DUKE RETIRES

Aby PD says goodbye to police dog

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

Police dog Duke retires.

 

rom 8 weeks of age, PSD Duke was destined to be a police dog.  He displayed the courage and confidence necessary which he maintained throughout the duration of his career.  He has had a long and distinguished career being trained in many different specialty profiles. 

 

He is trained in all aspects of General duty police dog work such as tracking, searching, criminal apprehension, narcotics and obedience. Additionally, he was active with the Emergency Response Team, the Crowd Control Unit and is one of only six police dogs in the Province trained to search Avalanches.

 

During his career he found several missing persons, tracked and apprehended many criminals, located evidence at crime scenes including DNA, firearms, and narcotics. Additionally, he was decorated with a commendation for locating two deceased persons who had been buried deep in an avalanche providing closure for the grieving families. 

 

PSD Duke also assisted on a difficult multi-agency track of a heavily armed suspect who was wanted for a home invasion/ robbery/ aggravated assault.  Following a pursuit, the suspect fled on foot into a wooded area in Surrey BC. During this incident, PSD Duke tracked for over 25 minutes in extreme conditions to locate and apprehend the suspect who fought violently to escape.  Using weapons, the suspect struck, kicked then bit Duke in an attempt to get the dog to release, however, Duke refused to give up the fight, maintained his hold and the suspect was apprehended.

 

PSD Duke will retire and live on an acreage in Abbotsford with the family of his handler, Sgt Scott.  He will enjoy long walks guarding the property, chasing his ball and being an excellent companion. PSD Duke will continue to be involved with mentoring future K9 recruits and being a good role model.

 

During his career, Duke has kept his handler Sgt Chris Scott safe and served the community well with courage and confidence.

 

 

   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

FATAL ACCIDENT

Police look to the community for witnesses

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

bbotsford Police Major Crime detectives continue to seek witnesses to the fatal collision involving a dark SUV and elderly South Asian man on August 20, 2019 at approximately 8:30 pm.

Specifically, police are seeking to speak to the driver of the van pictured below. This light-colored van, possibly white, with business signage on the rear and a dark mark on the passenger side door, was travelling Eastbound on Marshall Road, heading towards Emerson Street. It is likely this van crossed paths with the vehicle involved in this collision.

Investigators would also like to speak to a South Asian female who was walking Westbound on the North side of Marshall Rd at the time of the collision. This woman was wearing a light coloured South Asian dress with short sleeves.

Abbotsford Police Detectives are asking witnesses to please come forward to help provide further evidence in this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text the department at 22973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

PARAGLIDER DOWN

Man was left fighting for his life

SGT SASCHA BANKS

 

Paraglider chute lay strewn across the log boom where he fell.

n August 29th, 2019, at 7:45 am Squamish RCMP received a request for assistance from the Squamish Fire Department in regards to a paraglider who had fallen into the log boom area of blind channel portion of the Howe Sound in Squamish.

Squamish RCMP launched their police boat alongside Squamish Fire Rescue members, in order to retrieve the 40-year-old man from the water.  They were able to bring the man into the boat and he was transported to an awaiting Ambulance.  A short time later the man was flown to a Lower Mainland hospital via BCEHS Air Ambulance with life threatening injuries.

From the initial investigation it appears the man was paragliding off the Stawamus Chief when he went into a spin with his wing and fell to the log boom area just to the west of where he launched from.

"The quick action of the employees from the log sort along with marine staff, Squamish Fire, Squamish BC Ambulance, and Squamish RCMP 

were essential to providing an extremely quick response to this serious situation" says Sergeant Sascha Banks.  "This represents what Squamish is about, where everyone works together to ensure this man received life-saving measures when he needed it most.  This summer season has been a tough one for all our emergency and SAR teams with the Stawamus Chief, we can only hope those up there focus on adventuring safely."

 

 

   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 

 

PRINCE GEORGE RCMP

BODY FOUND

Police trying to piece it together

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Wednesday, August 28 2019 a fisherman located a body in the river near the Sheep Creek Bridge. RCMP, SAR and Conservations Officers attended the scene.

The Williams Lake RCMP are reviewing all missing persons’ files as they, along with BC Coroners Service, work to confirm identity.

"We are aware of the most recent missing person investigation and the charges that have been laid and we are exhausting all possibilities to determine if there is any connection with these investigations." said Insp Jeff Pelley, OIC Williams Lake RCMP.

The investigation is ongoing and if you have any information, please call the Williams Lake RCMP at 250 392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.

 

 

 

   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SHOTS FIRED IN SURREY

Cops look to identify

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying individuals and an associated vehicle to a shots fired incident in the Whalley area on August 12, 2019 (See previous release).

 

The ongoing investigation by the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit has identified a vehicle of interest: a white sedan, possibly an older model Cadillac, with a broken rear passenger-side window. Investigators are looking to identify the occupants associated to this vehicle as well as any information on the vehicle itself.

 

 

Suspects and vehicle. Two women, two men.

 

Anyone with further information regarding the individuals or vehicle is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

PAIR ARRESTED AFTER FOOTCHASE

Suspects caught in the middle of a Break and Enter

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

wo men have been arrested and charged following a break and enter into a residence in the South Surrey area earlier this month.

On August 10, 2019, at 5:30 am, police responded to a report of a possible break and enter in progress at a residence in the 13200-block of Woodcrest Drive. Upon arrival, police observed two men with bandanas covering their faces inside the residence. The two men attempted to flee but were arrested after a brief foot pursuit.

Two men from Surrey, Davin Kooner, 19, and Gurkamal Chhina, 29, are now facing charges including Break and Enter, Disguising Face with Intent to Commit an Offence, and Use of an Imitation Firearm to Commit an Offence. Both men are known to police.

“Although breaking and entering is considered a property crime, the impact on victims can be significant.” says Inspector Cliff Chastellaine, Major Crime Senior Investigator. “In this incident our Frontline Officers were able to quickly arrest two suspects which we hope will bring some closure to those who were impacted.”

Overall property crime decreased by 3% in the second quarter of 2019, continuing the downward trend in property crime statistics Surrey has seen for the past four years. However, home owners may consider the following tips to protect their property:

• Install exterior lights with motion sensor activation
• Have interior lights on a timer while you’re away from home
• Install a good quality CCTV system
• Join their local Block Watch program

Information from the public continues to play an important role in keeping Surrey Safe, anyone with information about criminal activity is encouraged 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.

 

   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

THREAT EMPTIES MALL

Cops arrest one

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an arrest which was made after police investigated a threat at Surrey Central Mall late Sunday afternoon.

On August 25, 2019, at 4pm, Surrey RCMP members responded to a report of a threat at Surrey Central Mall in the 10100-block of King George Boulevard. Members quickly evacuated the mall and surrounding businesses as a precaution, securing the scene.

Police officers with the assistance of Integrated Police Dog Services cleared the area and determined that the area was safe, with no threat to the public.

Investigators were able to locate and arrest a suspect thereafter at a nearby residence.

“Surrey RCMP frontline members responded quickly and efficiently to ensure the safety of everyone present,” said Inspector Manly Burleigh, Duty Officer. ”We treat every threat like this as real until proven to be false. Our members did an outstanding job responding to a potentially dangerous incident.”

Anyone who has information relating to this incident 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

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

CAT THIEVES MUZZLED

Police arrest pair

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

urrey RCMP is advising the public of the arrests of two men related to multiple catalytic converter thefts in Surrey and Vancouver.

On July 15, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle in the 12700-block of 76A Avenue. The Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) were engaged and took conduct of the investigation. On August 20th, two suspects were located and arrested in the 900-block of SW Marine Drive in Vancouver, where they were allegedly caught in the commission of a further theft. Police subsequently located three catalytic converters in the trunk of a vehicle associated to the suspects.

Numerous charges have been approved for Stephen Pelland, 39, and Kristopher Larson, 27, both of whom were known to police and were already facing several charges for property related offences. As a result, both were held in custody for appearance at Surrey Provincial Court on August 27, 2019. Pelland has been charged on ten counts, including Theft Under $5000, Mischief Over $5000, and Driving While Prohibited. Larson has been charged with Theft Under $5000 and Mischief.

“The arrest of prolific offenders is significant as these individuals represent ongoing safety risks to the public on multiple levels,” said Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “This case highlights the excellent proactive efforts of the Surrey RCMP PCTT and the importance of the public reporting all crimes to police.”

In order to protect yourself from becoming a victim of this type of crime, it is recommended that vehicle owners park in well-lit areas or in their garage, if possible.

Anyone who feels they may have been a victim of this, or a similar crime is encouraged 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.

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

POLICE INVESTIGATE SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO CLIP

Asking people not to make comments about it

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Friday August 23rd, 2019 Richmond RCMP became aware of a video posted on social media about an incident at a parking lot in Richmond.

The video was reviewed and an investigation was initiated by Richmond RCMP. Both parties in this incident have been identified and investigators have been in contact with all involved.

"In order to ensure the integrity of the investigation and privacy of the individuals involved, we are asking the public to respect the investigative process and refrain from posting any comments on social media" said Insp Sunny Parmar, Operations Officer Richmond RCMP.

The investigation is continuing and we are asking the public to contact Richmond RCMP 604-207-1212 if they have any information about the incident.

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

TWO SHOOTINGS IN SURREY

Both males in stable condition

CST ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a shooting which injured two men in Whalley. 
At approximately 7:59 pm, on August 23, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report 
of a shooting at a residence in the 13500 block of 96th Avenue in Surrey. 
Both male victims were dropped off at local hospitals at different times; both were suffering 
from gun-shot wounds. Both are in stable condition. 
Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit is investigating. Early indications are that this was 
a targeted incident and may be connected to drug activity. 
It is believed at this time there is no risk to the public. 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident 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.  
 

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

MALICIOUS DESTRUCTION OF GONDOLA

Mounties confirm cable was cut

CST ASHLEY MACKAY

he investigation into the Sea to Sky Gondola is active and ongoing.

The investigation to date has confirmed the preliminary assessment. Police have confirmed that the main cable was cut and that there are no other natural or mechanical reasons for the cable to have failed.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call our dedicated tip line: 604-892-6122. Alternatively, anonymous tips can be provided through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

SECHELT MURDER

Senior found dead at home, wife facing charges

CPL FRANK JANG

 

woman has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the homicide of Max Fischer.

On August 21, 2019, just before 9 p.m., the Sunshine Coast RCMP received a call from neighbours of 79-year-old Max Fischer found dead in his residence in the 10900-block of Sunshine Coast Highway. Emergency responders found suspicious injuries on Mr. Fischer and his death was deemed a homicide.  An arrest was quickly made in relation to Mr. Fischer’s death.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was deployed to Sechelt to take conduct of the investigation.

IHIT is working closely with the Sunshine Coast RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

Investigators quickly determined that this was an isolated incident and there was no risk to public safety.  Mr. Fischer’s family was notified of his death and victim services was engaged to provide support.    

On August 22, 2019, Mr. Fischer’s 54-year-old wife, Karin Fischer, was charged with second degree murder for his death.  They are both German citizens. 

Karin Fischer will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on August 23, 2019.    

“IHIT investigators remain in Sechelt continuing their investigation and collecting further evidence,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.    

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call 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).

 

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 

 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS THURSDAY KEEP COPS BUSY

Advise drivers to be cognizant

CPL THOMAS BLAKNEY

 

A westbound SUV from BC was struck by a southbound SUV from Oregon at the intersection of Douglas Street and Wright Street.

 
t 1:50 PM a westbound passenger car from BC stopped suddenly due to traffic congestion near the Enchanted Forest, 33 kilometres west of Revelstoke, BC on the Trans-Canada Highway. The westbound motorcycle, also from BC, rear-ended the car. BC Ambulance Services (BCAS) and RCMP attended the scene. The motorcyclist was treated for non-life threatening injuries. No charge(s) were laid;
 

At 2:00 PM Revelstoke Volunteer Fire Department, Revelstoke Search and Rescue and RCMP responded to Begbie Falls, a popular scenic hiking trail, just south of Revelstoke, BC, off of Highway 23 South. A 26 year-old male from Saskatchewan had lost his footing, near the bank off the water fall, and fell a considerable distance, landing on the base of the falls. Revy SAR, BCAS and RCMP utilized a backboard and carried the injured hiker up the cliff to BCAS location where he was then transported to Queen Victoria Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


At 3:30 PM an eastbound Toyota SUV crossed the centre line, approximately 11 Kilometres west of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Highway and collided head-on with a westbound SUV from BC. BCAS and RCMP attended the scene. The 58 year-old driver of the Toyota from BC was issued a Violation Ticket for Driving without Due Care, contrary to section 144(1)(a) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
 

At 5:20 PM BCAS, Revelstoke Volunteer Fire Dept and RCMP responded to yet another two vehicle crash. A westbound SUV from BC was struck by a southbound SUV from Oregon at the intersection of Douglas Street and Wright Street in Revelstoke, BC. Occupants of the vehicles were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The 35 year-old driver from Oregon was issued a Violation Ticket for, Fail to Yield after Stop contrary to section 175(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act
 

Revelstoke RCMP would like to remind motorist to be cognizant, especially this time of year as highways and roadways are busier than normal and traffic congestion is to be expected.

 

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

POLICE LOOKING FOR VICTIMS

North Van music teacher charged with sexually assaulting girls in Coquitlam

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLAN

 

North Vancouver music teacher has been arrested after a series of allegations of sexual misconduct involving underage girls in Coquitlam.

In order to further the ongoing police investigation, Coquitlam RCMP is releasing the suspect’s name and photo and urging any potential victims and witnesses to contact the RCMP.

"Lamar Victor Alviar has been teaching music out of a North Vancouver business called ‘LA Music Studio.’ There is reason to believe he has had inappropriate contact with young people around Metro Vancouver", says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. "The allegations involving Alviar include both students and non-students. Police believe there is a strong likelihood that there are victims and witnesses who have not yet spoken to police".

Alviar is described as:

• A 22-year-old man,
• Dark brown hair with hazel eyes,
• An eyebrow piercing,
• 173 cm (5' 8'') and 68 kg (150 lbs),
• Slim build.

Alviar is being released on conditions including:

• Not to be alone with anyone who reasonably appears to be under the age of 16,
• No contact or communication with anyone who appears to be under the age of 16 (including via the internet or social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Instagram or Snapchat).

If you believe that you, or someone you know, has been a victim of a crime involving Alviar, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Sex Crimes Unit (file #2019-24019).

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BLOODSHED CONTINUES

Man shot in Surrey lucky to be alive

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a shooting which injured one man in Newton. 

 

At approximately 2:52 am, on August 20, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 5900-block of 131A Street. Officers arrived and located a male suffering from an apparent gun-shot wound. The man was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit is investigating. Early indications are that this was a targeted incident and may be connected to drug trafficking. 

 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident 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, AUGUST 21, 2019 

 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

CHARGES RACKED UP AGAIN AFTER RELEASE FROM JAIL

Driving into oncoming traffic of no concern as miscreant flees from police

CPL THOMAS BLAKNEY

 

n Sunday August 18, 2019 at 12:21 PM Revelstoke RCMP were alerted to a black 2000 Honda Civic used to conceal stolen property from a road construction site, approximately 35 Kilometers East of Revelstoke, BC, near the Trans-Canada Highway. Shortly thereafter, RCMP received several reports of this vehicle driving erratically westbound toward Revelstoke.


Revelstoke RCMP located the vehicle, however failed to stop, making an evasive action by driving into on-coming traffic. The vehicle was later located driving near Laforme Boulevard and Peakes Drive in Revelstoke at which time another traffic stop was initiated. The driver struck the concrete meridian, causing the vehicle to be inoperable and both occupants were arrested and taken into custody without incident.


On Monday August 19, 2019 the 19 year-old male driver from Alberta was released on a Recognizance for being in Possession of Stolen Property, Flight from Police, Mischief to Property, Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle and driving without valid insurance. The 19 year-old male passenger, also from Alberta, was released on a Recognizance for being in Possession of Stolen Property.


Shortly after their release, the driver had stolen a mountain bike and was observed by Revelstoke RCMP in the 700 block of Victoria Road. The driver attempted to flee police and resisted arrest at which time a taser was deployed. He was arrested and treated by EHS for minor injuries sustained from his fall to the ground.


On Tuesday August 20, 2019 the driver appeared in Salmon Arm Provincial Court where he was released on a Recognizance for: assaulting a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Theft Under and Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000. He is expected to appear in Revelstoke Provincial Court on Wednesday September 4, 2019.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS RISE

Coroner is investigating

CPL DENNIS HWANG

he Richmond RCMP is warning the community of an uptick in the number of reported catalytic converter thefts from vehicles. A catalytic converter is present as part of the exhaust system in all modern combustion engine-equipped vehicles.

They are located underneath said vehicles and form part of their exhaust system. These cylindrical devices are used to remove harmful particulates from the exhaust gases. They are costly to replace as they contain precious metals. A single catalytic converter can cost in upwards of several thousand dollars and some modern vehicles are equipped with more than one catalytic convertor.

Thieves are stealing them either for resale or to recycle the precious metals used in their construction.

Police are warning the community to be on alert for any suspicious persons that may be working underneath parked vehicles. They may be using a powered saw or torch to remove the catalytic convertors. Sparks or flames may be present as thieves use tools to remove the converters. Pickup trucks are often the targets of this type of theft. There have been over 13 reported catalytic converter thefts since June 2019.

The Richmond RCMP Crime Prevention Unit has been reaching out to businesses and the community to provide education of this type of crime. Richmond RCMP patrol officers and officers from our Property Crime Unit and Prolific Offender Suppression Team are all actively searching for these thieves.

Please report this and any other suspicious activity immediately to the Richmond RCMP.

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019 

 

ASHCROFT RCMP

TWO MISSING MEN FOUND DEAD

Coroner is investigating

STAFF SGT JANET SHOILET

 

he Southeast District Major Crime Unit is investigating following the discovery of the bodies of two men on Saturday afternoon near Ashcroft.

On August 17, 2019 Lytton RCMP officers were called to a rural area, north of Spences Bridge for a report that two bodies had been discovered at that location.

Investigators from the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) were called to assist as the circumstances at the scene led police believe the deaths involve criminality.

Sgt. Steve Rigby of SED MCU states, "We have been working closely with the BC Coroners Service to confirm the identities of the deceased as Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr, who were reported missing to the Surrey RCMP in mid-July of this year. The RCMP is confirming their identities in an effort to advance our investigation into their deaths."

The investigation led by the SED MCU, has been assisted by Ashcroft and Lytton RCMP Detachments, the Forensic Identification Section and Police Dog Service, who assisted in scene examination and RCMP Air Services who removed the bodies from the rural location. SED MCU will continue to work with Surrey RCMP, receiving information gathered throughout the missing person’s investigation.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating these deaths and has no further information to release at this time.

If you have any information related to Ryan or Richard’s deaths, you are asked to contact the SED MCU tipline at 1-877-987-8477 or if wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN STABBED TO DEATH

Suspect tracked to residence and arrested

SGT FRANK JANG

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the stabbing death of a 45-year-old Surrey man.

Surrey:  On August 16, 2019 at approximately 3:23 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received calls about a man found bleeding in the 1700-block of 152 Street.  Frontline officers arrived on scene to find 45-year-old Delphin Paul Prestbakmo unresponsive with serious injuries.  He was pronounced dead at scene.  The Integrated Police Dog Services conducted a track to a nearby residence where one male was taken into custody.  IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

IHIT is currently working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

It is still early in the investigation and investigators are working to determine motive.    

“We are releasing the name of our murdered victim in an effort to determine his activities prior to his death.  We need Delphin Prestbakmo’s closest friends and associates to come forward,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We also urge any witnesses who were in the area of the 1700-block of 152 Street to contact us.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call 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).

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

IIOC RCMP

POLICE SHOOT MAN

Machete report instigate shooting

CST MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n August 14, at approximately 4:17 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received a call that there was a male chasing another male with a machete in an alley in the 10600-block of 135A Street. Officers responded and located a man they believed matched the suspect description.

During the course of the interaction with the individual, police officers fired their service pistols striking the man. Emergency Health Services attended and the man was transported to hospital with non-life threatening gunshot injuries. No one else was injured during the incident. 

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

SMALL-SCALE DRUG OP BUSTED

Three gang members arrested

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n August 14, 2019 the Abbotsford Police Gang Crime Unit (GCU) and the Abbotsford Police Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) conducted a joint operation targeting Lower Mainland Gang Conflict associates involved in street level drug trafficking in Abbotsford.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of three Abbotsford males, two 18 year olds and a 19 year old. Police seized approximately $1500, individually pre-packaged doses of fentanyl and crack cocaine, cell phones that were being used to conduct the drug deals and a 2016 Jeep Wrangler that was being used to deliver the drugs.

 

The arrests were conducted with assistance from members of the Patrol Division, Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service Unit.

 

Charges of Trafficking and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (“PPT”) are being pursued against the three males. A referral to the Civil Forfeiture Office for all of the seized assets, including the vehicle, is being considered.

 

The Abbotsford Police Department’s Gang Crime Unit Sgt Smith states, “We are currently seeing a trend in Abbotsford evolving around the recruitment of youth into gangs, and more specifically “New” drivers. More established street level drug dealers are aware that the police are seizing vehicles and assets upon being arrested; so they are recruiting younger drivers to chauffeur them as they conduct their drug trafficking business.  In most cases, these young, new drivers are using vehicles registered to their parents to drive the dealers around with the promise that they will get a share of the profit at the end of the day.”

 

Sgt. Smith warns, “Although the lure of making easy cash money may sound very attractive to the youth, if you are caught driving drug dealers around, you will be charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance regardless whether you touch the drugs or not; you are still part of the offence being committed. If our investigation determines that the vehicle you are driving is an “Instrument” used to facilitate the offence, it can be seized and may be referred to the Civil forfeiture Office, regardless of whether you or your parents are the registered owners.”

 

The Abbotsford Police Department would like to remind our community and young people- if you get involved in the drug trafficking trade, you are putting yourself, friends and family at risk of becoming involved in organized crime such as the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.  This puts anyone you care about at risk of personal injury or death, not just the possibility of losing your cash and your car.

 

Over the past few years, dozens of youth involved in the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict and involved in street level drug trafficking have been shot and killed across the Lower Mainland.

 

If you think your child or someone you know is at risk or involved in gangs or drug trafficking, there is help available for you. Get in touch with the Abbotsford Police Gang Crime Unit at 604-864-4777 (email gangintervention@abbypd.ca) or CFSEU-BC’s Gang Intervention Team today for support at 604-897-6023 (gangintervention@cfseu.bc.ca).

 

Please report crime and share information by contacting the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or report online at solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

VIOLENT FUGITIVES SOUGHT

Police say targeted

SGT FRANK JANG

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting assistance from the public in locating two men wanted on Canada-wide warrants.
 

The two suspects are Shakiel Singh Basra and Amarpreet Singh Samra. Both men are 25 years old and are wanted on multiple charges including Unlawful confinement, Assault with a weapon, and Uttering threats.

 

Basra is a South Asian male, 6’0” tall, 119lbs, with a thin build and short black hair.

 

Samra is a South Asian male, 6’0” tall, 150lbs, medium build, with black hair and brown eyes.

 

The public is asked not to approach either of the suspects, but to call police if they know of their whereabouts. Both men are believed to be in the Surrey area and are associated to a black 2007 BMW X5 bearing BC license plate JL8 17D.

 

Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit, with the assistance of Surrey Gang Enforcement Team, are continuing to investigate the incidents involving the two suspects, which are believed to be isolated and targeted events.

 

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.

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN STABBED TO DEATH

Police say targeted

SGT FRANK JANG

 

n August 16, 2019, just after 3:00 a.m., the Surrey RCMP came across a man with apparent stab wounds in the 1700-block of 152nd Street. The man has since succumbed to his injuries.

 Based on the investigative theory in this initial phase, this does not appear to be a random act.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP.

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SURREY COPS MAKE HUGE BUST

Surprisingly a lot of the drugs were fake

RCMP COMMUNICATIONS

 

RCMP show part of the illicit drug haul.

he RCMP tok down a drug lab last week that took thousands of dollars off the streets and saving live in the meantime.

· 63,000 doses of fake OxyContin ‘80’ pills
· 94,000 doses of fake Percocet pills
· 5,000 doses of suspected cocaine

· 22,500 doses of fake heroin
· 200 doses of suspected methamphetamine
· 89 kg of an unknown cutting agent and 60 kg of a pill-binding agent
· 3 pill presses, capable of producing 3,600-16,000 tablets per hour
· 7 semi-automatic rifles including 5 x SKS, 1 x .40 calibre, and 1 x carbine

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

RCMP

MCLEOD, SCHMEGELSKY DIED BY SUICIDE

Police looking for links to Northern BC murders

DAWN ROBERTS, RCMP COMMUNICATIONS

 

he Manitoba Medical Examiner has completed the autopsies and confirmed that the two deceased men located in Manitoba on August 7, 2019 were Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. Their next of kin have been notified and they have been offered support.

The RCMP can also confirm that the two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire. While both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found, the exact time and date of their deaths are not known. However, there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area.

Police can also confirm that two firearms were also located with the two deceased males and forensic analysis is underway in order to definitively confirm that these weapons are connected with the northern BC homicide investigations. The Manitoba RCMP have completed their search of the area where the two male bodies were discovered, approximately 8 km from where Mr. Dyck’s burnt RAV4 was located on July 22, 2019.

Investigators are now assessing all items located in Manitoba, along with the previous findings related to the three northern BC homicide investigations, in order to gain more clarity into what happened to Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese. The assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary time lines, physical or digital evidence, and the BC RCMP have also have engaged our Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU).

The BC RCMP commits that once we have completed that review within the next few weeks, we will be providing the families with an update with respect to the totality of the investigations and then releasing the information publicly.

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BOAT DEALERSHIP TARGETED FOR FRAUD

Police look for more possible victims

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an ongoing fraud investigation involving a local boat dealership and appealing to potential victims to come forward.

 

The investigation involves alleged fraudulent business practices by Breakwater Marine, a boat dealership located in the 16000 block of Fraser Highway. Surrey RCMP has received multiple complaints regarding the business since June 2019 and officers have been in the information gathering stage since that time.

 

On August 8, 2019 at approximately 10:00 am, Surrey RCMP executed a search warrant at the business. Multiple boats were seized during the course of the warrant. One person has been arrested.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Economic Crime Unit continues to investigate. Officers believe there may be other victims who have not yet come forward and are urging them to contact police if they have allegedly been defrauded monies or property by the business. 

 

Anyone who may have been the victim, and has not already contacted police, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca quoting file# 2019-97189.

 

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

GETTIN' WIGGY WITH IT

Police charge woman with using a fake firearm in attempted robbery

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

t 5 pm last night, a lone female wearing a wig, sunglasses and dark clothing entered a clothing store in Cedar Park Place. The sales staff were suspicious of her actions and when confronted, she produced a firearm and threatened the staff with it.


The female fled on foot, however, minutes later was apprehended by patrol officers less than a block away on Clearbrook Road.
The firearm was recovered and determined to an imitation.
Brianna Gray, 34, remains in custody and is additionally charged with two counts of robbery.
 

"Investigating any violent crime is top priority for AbbyPD,” states Inspector Jason Burrows, the OIC in charge of the Patrol Division, “Arresting someone that is using a firearm or imitation during a violent event exposes the public, police, and even the suspect to greater risk."
 

Ms. Gray remains in custody on these charges. Her next court date will be be August 15, 2019.

 

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SHOTS FIRED

Police believe targeted

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is investigating a shots fired in the Whalley area of Surrey.

 

On August 12 at 1:50am, police responded to shots being fired in the 10600-block of King George Boulevard. A man was located near the area with an apparent head injury. He was treated in hospital for his injury and has since been released.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit are investigating the incident and early indications are that the incident was targeted.

 

Anyone with further information or who may have CCTV of the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 

 

VALEMONT RCMP

ASIAN VISITOR DROWNS

Fast water swept away after falling in river

CST MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Friday August 9 2019, an adult male and two companions were walking along the lower section of the Berg Lake trail when he slipped and fell into the Robson River. His companions could not reach him and the man was swept away by the fast moving water.

Valemount RCMP, Robson Valley SAR, BC Parks, Parks Canada and BC Ambulance attended however, sadly the man was located deceased approximately 800 metres downstream from where he fell in. A swift water rescue team led by Parks Canada (Jasper) was called to recover the man from the river. The 53-year-old man, a Chinese citizen, was visiting the area.

This area is the same location that saw the drowning death of a German tourist in June 2019.
The water moves extremely fast in this area of the river and tragedy, such as this, can happen in seconds, said Cpl Jacob Joslin, Valemount RCMP. The RCMP would like to remind people to be extra vigilant when hiking near water.

BC Coroners Service has conduct of the investigation and the RCMP have no further information to release. For privacy purposes, neither the RCMP or BC Coroners service will be releasing the identity of the man.

 

MAPLE RIDGE RCMP

CASH, CARS, COCAINE

Mounties scoop up tens of thousands of dollars

CST JULIE KLAUSSNER

 

 

he Ridge Meadows RCMP Street Enforcement Unit (SEU) have arrested 4 people and seized multiple items in relation to an alleged drug trafficking operation.

 

Over the course of two months, SEU members conducted surveillance and observed multiple meetings between three suspects and others synonymous with alleged drug trafficking.  The surveillance, and information obtained through search warrants, led the SEU to four residences in the Maple Ridge area.

 

On Thursday, July 25, search warrants were simultaneously executed on houses in the 10400-block Robertson street and 11600-block Pine street. 

Three men and one woman were arrested and the following items were seized;

 

• Approximately 300 doses of alleged cocaine
• $44,760.00 cash CAD
• Approximately $1000 cash USD
• Drug packaging materials
• Accounting paperwork and a money counting machine
• 2015 Mercedes CLS6 car
• 2018 Ducati motorcycle
• 2010 Chevrolet Malibu car
• 2009 Dodge Calibre car

 

“We have to deploy our resources in a manner which provides the greatest impact to our communities and targeting these types of operations is how we do that,” states Superintendent Jennifer Hyland.  “We’d be pretty ineffective if we always revealed what we are up to but we do want residents to know that we are out there focusing on these high profile targets. There is no place for this in our communities and we will find and arrest you.”

 

 

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

FORT ST JOHN RCMP

Attempted Abduction of Flagger

Police on the lookout for blue van

CPL CHRIS MANSEAU

n August 4th 2019 at approximately 9:30am the Fort St John RCMP were made aware of an attempted abduction of road flagger.

Through investigation it was learned that at approximately 9:00am a dark blue van with silver striping approached a road flagger on Highway 29 near Szoo Rd, approximately 27 kms south-west of Charlie Lake. The van came to a stop near the lone woman flagger and a caucasian male opened the van’s rear doors, exited the van and attempted to pull the woman in it. The flagger struggled with the unknown male, who eventually got back in the van and the van drove off toward Hudson’s Hope BC. The male appeared to be caucasian and the victim did not recognize this person.

Currently Fort St John RCMP Frontline members are partnering with RCMP members from Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Ft Nelson and Grande Prairie in an attempt to identify the suspect, or the vehicle in this incident. RCMP members are currently canvassing neighboring properties to speak with witnesses, or to obtain any video surveillance they may have.
Traffic Services members in North District have been made aware and are currently looking for any vehicles that match the description.

The van is described as;
• dark blue with silver striping
• chrome on front grille
• barn style rear doors

The suspect is described as;
• caucasian male
• approximately 5’9
• no accent when he spoke

'We're asking for anyone who was in the Charlie Lake area to try to remember if they saw a vehicle matching this description to call the RCMP' says Sgt Joelle LaChance, A/Operations NCO of the Fort St John RCMP. 'Your dash cam footage may be able to help us identify the suspect in this crime'.

The Ft St John RCMP are asking anyone who may have been in this area at the time of this incident and may recognize this van, the suspect or have dash cam video footage to contact the Ft St John RCMP at 250-787-8140.  Media enquiries may be directed to 778-290-2929.

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

WILLIAMS LAKE RCMP

EARLY MORNING SHOOTING LEAVES

ONE DEAD

Police look to the community for leads

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Tuesday August 6th 2019 at 12:47 AM, Williams Lake RCMP were called to a report of shots fired in the 1100 Block of Mackenzie avenue in the city.

Upon police attendance, they discovered an injured male in the driveway of a home on Mackenzie Avenue. The 43-year-old man was taken to hospital where he succumbed to injuries sustained.

Williams Lake General Investigation Section with support from North District Major Crime Unit are actively investigating this priority offence said Cpl. Madonna Saunderson, North District Media Relations.

If you have any information, or know of any suspicious activity prior to and leading up to the offence, contact the Williams Lake RCMP at 250 392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

POLICE SEEK PAIR

Wanted on Canada-wide warrants

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is seeking assistance from the public in locating two outstanding males wanted on Canada Wide Warrants.

 

Meaz Nour-Eldin and Nathan Barthlette are both wanted on charges of Kidnapping, Unlawful Confinement, Aggravated Assault, Use of a firearm during the commission of an offence, and robbery and firearm offences.

 

Nour-Eldin is described as a 22-year-old Somalian male, 6’1”, 181 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. He has tattoos on his left hand, left wrist, and upper torso. Investigators believe Nour-Eldin may have fled to other parts of the country, including possibly Quebec and Ontario.
 

Barthlette is described as a 21-year-old Caucasian male, 5’7”, 121 lbs, with blue eyes and black hair.

 

These charges stem from an ongoing Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit investigation involving a kidnapping and an assault. This was an isolated and targeted incident and additional suspects have already been charged and remain in custody for this incident.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these two individuals 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.

 

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

WOMAN ATTACKED IN HER YARD

Neighbour showed up and suspect ran

CST MIKE WILFORD

 

n August 6, 2019, shortly after midnight, a 42 year old female was assaulted in her back yard in the Clearbrook area, north of Highway 1 in Abbotsford.  The investigation is currently being handled by Major Crime detectives and supported by the Patrol Branch.

 

At the time of the attack, the victim was in her backyard alone on her deck when she was grabbed from behind.  The victim received minor injuries during the attack and has been released from hospital.  Due to the nature of the attack the victim was unable to describe the attacker in any detail.  At this point the suspect is believed to be an adult male.  Major Crime detectives are actively investigating to obtain a more detailed description, at which time an updated release will be posted.

 

The investigation is in the early stages and it appears that the attack was sexually motivated. The attacker was not known to the victim.  It is believed that the attack ended when a neighbour returned home.  The attacker fled with the victim’s electronic device.

 

The Abbotsford Police would like to remind the public to practice awareness, even in the safety of their own homes and yards.  At night, keep outside lights on in the front and back yard.  The public is also reminded to report any suspicious persons or activity to police.

 

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

 

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

CHILD'S GARDEN OF GRASS

Marijuana found in annual garden and art tour

RCMP

 

CMP in Revelstoke are warning residents to know the law if they intend to grow Cannabis after an annual tour led to the execution of a search warrant last week.

 

On July 28, 2019, Revelstoke Local Food Initiative hosted their 7th annual Garden and Art Tour.  This event consisted of a self-guided tour, where home owners open their gates to display their beautiful gardens and art to the public.  It’s advertised as a fun event for all ages.

 

An off duty police officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a visiting family member, saw the posting for this event and decided to take advantage of the tour. As many of us will agree, Revelstoke is an extremely beautiful community and what better way on a sunny Saturday than to showcase the community to a visiting guest.

 

The officer and his guest were extremely excited to check out some of Revelstoke’s many talented residences.  They purchased  tickets, picked up a map and the two started out on the tour.  As the tour progressed participants were exposed to blatant violations of Section 56 (g) Cannabis Control and Licensing Act; non-medical Cannabis Plants growing in full view of the public.

 

As a result of observations made during the public tour, a search warrant was executed on a residence on August 2, 2019.  Police seized marihuana plants and other items to support charges.  The file remains under investigation.

 

“The Cannabis Control and Licensing Act was created to ensure the production, possession and distribution of cannabis would be done in a safe and controlled manner.  Unfortunately, the violations of CCLA by some of our residents has brought some negative light to Revelstoke and the Garden and Art tour,” states Cpl. Mike Esson of the Revelstoke RCMP.  “By not properly growing cannabis plants, the residents have opened themselves up to the possibility of theft of the cannabis and  drugs falling into the hands of  youth in our community,” Cpl. Esson continues.

Revelstoke RCMP want to remind people that they need to know and follow the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act if they intend to grow cannabis.

 

  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

STABBING

Pair tracked by Police K9 and Air 1

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a fight involving a weapon and the subsequent arrest of two individuals, that occurred this morning in South Surrey. 

 

At approximately 8:50 am, on August 6, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a fight in the 900-block of 160 Street. Officers arrived and located a man suffering from apparent stab wounds. The victim was transported to hospital by air ambulance in serious, but stable condition.

 

Two suspects initially fled from the scene in a vehicle and then on foot. Both have been apprehended by police in the Cloverdale area with assistance from the Integrated Police Dog Services and RCMP Air Services.

 

The investigation is in its early stages, however initial indications are that this is a targeted incident.

 

Surrey General Investigations Unit with the assistance of Surrey Serious Crime are continuing to investigate the incident. 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.

 

 

  SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

STAWAMUS CHIEF CLAIMS LIFE

SAR assists in rescue effort

CST SASCHA BANKS

 

n August 4th, 2019, at 11:30 am Squamish RCMP was contacted by a climber on The Stawamus Chief.  The individual stated they had observed a group who's lead climber had fallen whilst on the Angel's Crest portion of the north face.

Squamish RCMP, Squamish Search and Rescue, and Squamish BC Ambulance attended to the location and found the climber was 200-300 metres up the face.  The location and position of the man required a highly skilled team and the Squamish SAR medical team responded alongside the rescuers.

"After a difficult and highly technical extraction the man, a 33-year-old Squamish resident, went into medical distress and died a short time later" stated Sergeant Sascha Banks. "The climbing community in Squamish is a very close and I know it will be a hard loss for everyone.  Our thoughts go out to not only the man's friends and family but to the Squamish SAR team who worked tirelessly to help him." 

This is the second climber to die on The Stawamus Chief in the last 6 weeks and the third Squamish SAR call out for climbers in distress over the last 3 days.  Squamish RCMP along with it's partners will be working hard to get the "safe adventuring" messaging out to the affected community.

The Squamish RCMP has handed over the investigation to the BC Coroner's Service and will be assisting them over the next few days.  If anyone has any information please contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100.

 

  SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN HIT BY TRAIN

Victim suffered non-life threatening injuries

S/SGT MA HEDDERSON

 

n August 4th, 2019, at approximately 1:00 P.M., Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted police received several 911 calls reporting that a male had been struck by a slow moving freight train, just south of the 15,800 Block of Marine Rd., Surrey, B.C.  Officers of the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police along with Surrey Fire Department and British Columbia Ambulance Service, attended to the location, and located a 58 year old residence of Surrey, that had been struck by a train.  The male had observed the train approaching and his two unleashed dogs with him had run onto the Railway right of way.  The male had been attempting to get his dogs off of the tracks, when he was struck by the train at low speed as it attempted to stop. 

 

The male received several non-life threatening injuries, and was communicating with Emergency responders, and was transported to hospital for treatment.  The dogs were uninjured.
 

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are requesting the public's assistance and are asking that anyone who may have witnessed what occurred and not spoken to the police are asked to call the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers in reference to Surrey File # 2019-117864.
 

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

IHIT

GANG MEMBER SHOT DEAD

Surrey police try to piece together shooting

SGT. FRANK JANG

 

n August 2, 2019 at 9:20 a.m., the Surrey RCMP were called to the 3000-block of 152 Street for reports of shots fired.  Frontline officers and emergency responders arrived on scene and found 43-year-old Suminder Grewal with gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced dead at scene.        

Immediately following the shooting, members of the public phoned police with information regarding a suspect vehicle which was quickly passed on to all officers.  Frontline officers of the Surrey RCMP, members of CFSEU’s Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team and Police Service Dog Garner of the Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) responded promptly and were able to intercept the suspect vehicle and subsequently arrest two men in connection with the earlier homicide.  These two men remain in police custody. 

IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with its partners from the B.C. Coroners Service and the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit to complete priority tasks including a thorough neighbourhood canvass for video surveillance footage and witnesses.  IHIT’s crime scene manager will be working with forensic specialists from the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) to complete a fulsome forensic examination of the suspect vehicle and the physical evidence collected at the scene of the shooting.

Mr. Grewal was a well-established member of an organized crime group and it is believed that his homicide was targeted.  IHIT will be engaging with numerous gang enforcement units throughout the lower mainland region that will be working to mitigate any ongoing violence.

“IHIT wishes to thank the public as well as our policing partners from the Surrey RCMP, CFSEU and IPDS for their courageous efforts,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Despite the arrests made in relation to today’s shooting, there is much work ahead for our detectives and partners this long weekend.  We need to speak with everyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting and for Mr. Grewal’s close associates to come forward and help us solve his murder.”   

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call 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).

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

Chief Dan George Sculpture Missing

Police reach out to the community to help locate

CST ROB DYCK

 

Update: Recovered

 

n Thursday July 4, 2019, Abbotsford School District contacted Abbotsford Police to report the theft of a stone sculpture depicting Chief Dan George. The sculpture, created by artist Gerald Sandau, is approximately 70 lbs, 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. It is valued at $8,000

 

The sculpture was donated in 2017 and has been on display in Chief Dan George Middle School’s main display case. The sculpture was placed in secure storage when renovations began at the school.

In June 2019, school staff attempted to locate the sculpture to put it on display in the main office. At that time it became apparent that the statue was missing, and police were contacted.

The Abbotsford Police is appealing to anyone with information about this incident to call 604-859-5225, text 222973(abbypd), or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477(TIPS) or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

MAN BARRICADES HIMSELF

Stand-off ends with arrest

CST ROB DYCK

 

n July 31st at approximately 19:30 hours, Abbotsford Police conducted a follow up inquiry at a residence in the 2200-block of Sentinel Drive. The subject of the inquiry was located at the residence, but refused to exit the house when instructed, instead barricading himself in the garage.

A 3 ½ hour standoff ensued, with police entering the residence to ensure the safety of the occupants. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

Currently the male is facing a charge of Fail to comply with Recognizance. Additional charges may be considered.

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

STUNT DRIVER LOSE VEHICLES

Cops seize 9 vehicle and issue tickets

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP are putting the brakes on stunt driving at a popular location for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to gather in South Surrey.

 

Over the past several weeks, vehicle enthusiasts have been making the area of 2800-block of 192 Street their unofficial gathering place. This has led to numerous reports of unsafe driving behaviours, including stunt driving.

 

Surrey RCMP officers have been conducting traffic enforcement in the area and on July 12th they seized and impounded nine vehicles for seven days, in relation to stunt driving. In addition to having their vehicles seized, the drivers also received violation tickets for driving without due care, which carries a fine of $368 and six points on your license. 


“High risk driving behaviour is a
contributing factor in approximately 66% of Surrey’s fatal or serious injury collisions.” says Sergeant Gary Goller of the Community Response Unit. “Our goal is not to disrupt car enthusiasts as they show off their hard work and passion for cars, but to ensure those present are operating their vehicles in a safe manner.”


In addition to a continued presence in South Surrey, RCMP officers will continue to be engaged in traffic enforcement efforts across the city to address dangerous driving behaviour.

The public are encouraged to report unsafe driving behaviour to 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.

 

 

  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COPS COLLIDE

Robbery suspect on the loose

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an investigation into a personal robbery and a collision which took place in the Newton area last night.  

 

On July 30, 2019, at approximately 10:17 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of an attempted personal robbery in progress outside a residence in the 6800-block of 148 Street. The information received was that a male suspect was in possession of a possible firearm, and demanding personal items from an adult victim.

 

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 20-25 years old, 5’8” tall, with brown hair and a thin build. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit is continuing the investigation and appealing to the public for more information and possible witnesses.

 

While responding to the emergent situation, two police vehicles were involved in a collision at the intersection of 72 Avenue and 140 Street. Both officers were treated at hospital for minor injuries and have since been released. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

 

Anyone with further information about the attempted robbery, or that may have CCTV footage of the suspect, 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 31, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

MAN SHOT

Victim in hosptial

Staff Sgt Janelle Sholet

 

ichmond RCMP is appealing for witnesses in a Monday night shooting which sent one man to hospital.
 

Just before 10:20 p.m. on July 29, Richmond RCMP received numerous calls to the 6500-block of No. 3 Rd, Richmond, for reports of possible shots fired. When front line officers arrived they found a 35-year-old man suffering from what appeared to be gun shot wounds. He was transported by BC Emergency Health Services to a local area hospital for treatment of what are believed to be serious but non-life threatening injuries.
 

Witnesses at the scene reported a 2-door, silver sedan had been seen driving by and shots being fired by someone inside this vehicle. The driver then fled the scene.
 

Just after 11:20 p.m., Vancouver Police officers were called to the 2100-block of Newport Ave, Vancouver for a report of a vehicle fire, matching the description provided by witnesses at the scene in Richmond.
The Richmond Serious Crime Unit, which is leading the investigation, is working closely with the Vancouver Police Department to determine possible links.
 

“We understand this is unsettling for the entire community and want to assure our residents that at this time, our investigators have reason to believe that the victim, who is known to us, was targeted,” states Inspector Keith Bramhill of the Richmond RCMP. “We are asking anyone who may have been a witness or may have been driving in the area and have dash-cam video to please call us."

 

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

HOMELESS CAMP SENIOR STABBED

Police hope to ID suspect

CST DEANNA DIXON

 

n July 28, 2019 around 11:00pm, Abbotsford Police responded to an altercation between two people at a homeless camp on Gladys Ave. A male in his early 60's sustained severe stab wounds and was transported to hospital, where he remains in serious condition.


The initial investigation has revealed that the parties are likely known to each other, but it's not known at this time what instigated this incident. The suspect has yet to be identified.


Police have not yet recovered the weapon but believe there is no threat to public safety.
Abbotsford Major Crime Unit continues to investigate.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 604-859-5225, text 222973(abbypd) or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or solvecrime.ca

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

Police reach out to the community to help ID man

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting help from the public to identify the suspect in a sexual assault which occurred in Newton earlier this month.

 

At approximately 9:00 pm, on July 16, 2019, a woman was gardening in her front yard in the 6100-block of 138 Street when an unknown man in a white Jaguar sedan pulled into her driveway and approached her to ask for directions. After speaking briefly, the man groped the woman before getting back into his car and driving away.

 

Police are now releasing a photo of the man and the car, and are asking anyone with information that can help to identify him to call Surrey RCMP.

 

The man is described as South Asian, approximately 30-years-old, with a medium build, wearing a head scarf, grey shirt, and black shorts.

 

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.

 

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

COPS LOOK FOR WOMAN WITNESS TO STABBING

Victim died later in hospital

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to identify a key witness in the stabbing death of a 42-year-old Richmond man.

Richmond:  On July 23, 2019 at around 2 p.m., an argument between two men ensued on board a Coast Mountain bus near No3 Road and Cambie Road in Richmond, B.C. resulting in one of the men being fatally stabbed.    

IHIT took conduct of the investigation and continues to complete priority tasks.  Investigators have reviewed the video surveillance footage inside the bus and have identified a passenger who may have important information about the altercation.  This passenger is described as an Asian female wearing sunglasses, a dark hat, white jacket, blue pants and carrying a black purse (photograph attached).  

“Let us be clear that the woman in the photograph is not under investigation but is rather a potentially crucial witness of the altercation,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “If you recognize her, please have her contact IHIT immediately.  We also urge any other passengers who have still not spoken to police to come forward.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call 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).

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MISSING MEN

Vehicle found near Logan Lake

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is providing an update to the ongoing investigation to locate Ryan Provencher (right) and Richard Scurr (below), who are missing from Surrey.

 

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr were last seen at approximately 12:30 pm on July 17, 2019, in the 16400 block of 23A Avenue in Surrey, in a white Jeep Cherokee.

 

It is now believed that the pair were planning to travel to Spences Bridge, British Columbia, on July 17, 2019. Preliminary information indicates that they made it to their destination, however investigators are still following up to confirm this. Provencher and Scurr have not been seen or heard from since.  

 

On July 21,2019, the Jeep associated to the two men was located, parked in a wooded area near Logan Lake, British Columbia. No indication of foul play was discovered when the Jeep was recovered, however it has been transported to Kamloops and will undergo further examination.


Following the recovery of the Jeep, a Search and Rescue team, the Integrated Police Dog Services, and the RCMP Air 4 helicopter were dispatched to conduct a search of the vast wooded area. Following that search, investigators do not believe that Provencher or Scurr are missing in that area.  

 

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these men to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

MAN DIES AFTER BEING STABBED ON BUS

Police look for witnesses

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

hortly before hours 2pm on July 23, 2019, Richmond RCMP officers responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding an incident onboard a Coast Mountain Bus near No. 3 Road and Cambie Road.

It is alleged that a physical altercation occurred between two passengers.

One passenger, a 42-year-old man from Richmond, was transported to hospital by emergency medical personnel suffering from critical stab wounds. Another passenger, a 21-year-old man from Richmond has been arrested and remains in police custody. Police do not believe there to be any further suspects outstanding.

The Richmond RCMP Serious Crime Unit has taken conduct of the investigation.

“The Richmond RCMP would like to ask the community especially any of those on board the bus to please contact us if you have not already done so. Your information is very important to our investigation. We would ask that any one with any information about this incident to contact Constable Sandra Chan from the Richmond RCMP Serious Crimes Unit at 604-278-1212 and quote file 2019-24041.”

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOMAN GRABBED IN PARK

Police seek to ID male

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault and seeking assistance to identify the suspect.

 

On July 9th, 2019 at approximately 12:00 pm, Surrey RCMP responded after receiving a report of a sexual assault in Newton Athletic Park in the 7300-block of 128 Street. Police were advised that a woman was walking through the park when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male suspect.  The woman was able to break free from the suspect, who ran from the area. Police conducted patrols in the area, with assistance from the Integrated Police Dog Services, however the suspect was not located.

 

Investigators are seeking public assistance to identify the suspect, and are providing two composite sketches. These sketches are of the same suspect based on two separate witness statements.

 

The suspect is described as a South Asian male, in his mid-20's, approximately 5'8", with dark facial hair, wearing a red t-shirt, black shorts, black Jordan slippers, and black socks.

 

Anyone with further information which can assist this investigation 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.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 

 

PENTICTON RCMP

BODY FOUND IN OKANAGAN LAKE

Police seek to ID victim

CPL. JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

n July 20, 2019 at 8:37 a.m., RCMP received a report of deceased individual discovered floating in Okanagan Lake near the break-wall at the marina.
Penticton RCMP officers, responded alongside BC Emergency Health Services and the Penticton Fire Department. The BC Coroners Service were also called to the scene.


The Penticton Fire Department rescue crew assisted with the safe recovery of the deceased.


“The investigation remains in its preliminary stages, however criminality is not suspected in the individual’s sudden death at this time,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP. “The BC Coroners Service is also investigating the person’s death, and the Penticton RCMP continue to work together with the coroner in an effort to positively identify the remains.”

 

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019 

 

LIARD RCMP

Witness Steps Forward

A man was seen arguing with the couple

CPL JANELLE SHOILET

BC News is reporting there's been a new development regarding the bizarre double-murder of the young couple at Liard Hot Springs saying that a witness has stepped forward indicating they saw them arguing with a man and questions have risen that a body found found a few hours drive away is somehow connected.

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019 

 

LIARD RCMP

MURDERED COUPLE IDENTIFIED

Police mum on how they were killed, asking for dash cam footage

CPL JANELLE SHOILET

CMP have now confirmed the identity of the victims of the double homicide south of Liard Hot Springs which occurred between Sunday July 14, 2019 to Monday July 15, 2019.

"In an effort to further the investigation and help determine a timeline leading up to their deaths, we are identifying the victims as Chynna Noelle Deese of the United States and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia," states Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, Media Relations Officer for the BC RCMP.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Northern Rockies RCMP Detachment at 250-774-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 

 

POCO RCMP

FIREBUGS BOOKED

Teens arrested for arsons in bookbin blazes

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

19-year-old and a 17-year-old, both from Port Coquitlam, have been arrested and released on a Promise to Appear in court on October 10, 2019. Each suspect is facing a charge of arson causing damage to property.

 

The community told us that these 11 fires were a serious concern so we assigned Coquitlam RCMP’s Arson Unit to the case, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. We’ve used a lot of resources including surveillance, search warrants, production orders, and cooperation from our city partners at both Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. A tip from the public put us over the top and directly led to these charges.

The first of 11 fires was started on March 20, 2019, and continued until May 18, 2019.

 

Good cooperation from the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam fire departments helped ensure these fires didn’t spread and also helped our investigators collate evidence, says Corporal McLaughlin. Many of these book exchanges were located near homes and green spaces and the damage could have been worse.

 

The investigation is not over and more charges are possible. If anyone has more information about the fires, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Arson Unit (file 2019-9080).

 

 

IHIT RCMP

COLD CASE MURDER SOLVED

Suspect arrested charged with 2nd degree murder

CPL FRANK JANG

man has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the homicide of Tee Bor.

On February 17, 2019, the Surrey RCMP were called to a report of an assault at a residence in the 13300-block of 105 Avenue.  Frontline officers arrived on scene to find 68-year-old Tee Bor with serious injuries.  Mr. Bor was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.  His death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the case.

Investigators quickly determined that this was an isolated incident and there was no risk to public safety.  An extensive neighbourhood canvass was undertaken, numerous interviews conducted and considerable forensic evidence analyzed.   

After less than five months since the initial deployment, the tireless work of IHIT and its partners has resulted in charge approval from the B.C. Prosecution Service. 

On July 12, 2019, 26-year-old Pee Lee PI of Surrey was arrested and charged with second degree murder for the death of Mr. Bor.

Mr. PI will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on July 15, 2019.    

“IHIT would like to thank its many partners whose contributions helped advance this investigation to today’s outcome,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the family of Mr. Tee Bor and anyone else that was affected by his loss.” 

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call 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).

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

DOMESTIC ARGUMENT LEAVES PAIR INJURED

Woman charged after domestic fight where both were injured by knife

CST ASHLEY MACKAY

erious Crime investigators continue to probe the circumstances surrounding a domestic dispute which left both parties with serious injuries.

On July 14th, 2019 at approximately 9:00 pm, Squamish RCMP responded to a report of a domestic assault involving a knife in the Squamish neighbourhood of Valleycliffe. Police arrived on-scene where they located a male and female who were both injured.

Both parties were transported to hospital, received medical attention and have since been discharged.

The female, a 36-year-old Squamish resident, was released from police custody with a court date in September.

Sgt. Jeff Shore of the Squamish General Investigation Section acknowledges "the quick response of neighbours who phoned 911 and administered first aid until emergency services arrived on scene."

The investigation remains active and ongoing being led by the Sea to Sky General Investigation Section who are working alongside the Integrated Forensic Identification Section.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

CELL PHONES/PEOPLE WHO WITHDREW AT ATMS TARGETED

Screams alert bystanders, police offer tips to avoid being robbed

CPL DENNIS HWANG

he Richmond RCMP is investigating 3 robberies that occurred on between July 3rd and July 9th 2019.

These robberies occurred during the afternoon or evening hours and were all in the downtown corridor of Richmond.

The victims were walking when they had either a cell phone, purse, or satchel snatched from their hands by a male suspect riding a bike.

The Richmond RCMP is also investigating 2 robberies and 1 attempted robbery where a suspect targeted victims who recently withdrew funds from ATM machines. These crimes occurred in afternoon/early evening hours between June 30 and July 5, 2019 and occurred near the TD Canada Trust at 8500 No. 3 Road, near the RBC at 10111 No. 3 Rd, and near the CIBC Bank at 8751 No. 1 Road.

The suspect in these robberies is described as a:

• Caucasian male
• Late 20s, early 30s
• Heavy set
• 6’ tall
• Dark short hair

“We have several teams of officers from our General Investigation Section working these cases. We would like to remind the community to be especially vigilant and pay close attention to your surroundings” says Corporal Dennis Hwang. “If walking alone, do periodic checks around you and keep your attention focussed. If you are carrying a purse or satchel, placing it central to your body makes it harder to dislodge from your shoulder. When departing any financial institution, currency exchange, or ATM, be cautious and secure any withdrawals out of sight prior departing. In one of the incidents, the attempted robbery was thwarted by screaming and making a lot of commotion which was overheard by bystanders” adds Cpl. Hwang.

Richmond RCMP is asking for anyone with potential information on these crimes to contact the Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section at 604-278-1212 by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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

 

  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.