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  THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND    

Dead woman identified

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n March 19, 2020, Abbotsford Police attended a rural property in the 32000 block of King Road for a report of the discovery of human bones.

It has now been determined that the deceased is 38-year-old Marie Stuart.  Ms. Stuart had been the subject of an AbbyPD missing persons investigation that was initiated December 27, 2016.

Marie’s mother, Janet, states, “My family & I wish to express our sincere thanks to the Abbotsford Police Department, our friends, neighbours & community for their help, support, & prayers regarding Marie. Thank you.”

Foul play is not suspected however the cause of Ms. Stuart’s death is still under investigation.

The Abbotsford Police Department extends its condolences to Marie’s family and friends.

Anyone with information about this investigation should call the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225 or text 222973 (AbbyPD).

INITIAL RELEASE – December 28, 2016

Incident: Missing Person – Marie STUART

The Abbotsford Police Department is trying to locate missing 38-year-old Marie STUART. She was last seen in the area of the Seven Oaks Mall in the 32900 block of South Fraser Way on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm. STUART stands 5’2” tall with black hair and glasses (see photos). She was last observed wearing a yellow toque and black jacket. Marie STUART requires medication that she did not have with her and her family is very concerned about her. 

Anyone with information about this investigation should call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text APD at 222973 (abbypd).

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

ARGUMENT LEADS TO PEPPER SPRAY    

Bystander affected by the spray and vehicle clipped

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

 

 

n May 22, 2020, at 3:15 pm, AbbyPD patrol officers responded to the strip mall parking lot at 31970 South Fraser Way for a report of an assault in progress.  

Officers arrived and were advised that a verbal altercation between two parties resulted in one person deploying pepper spray, and then fleeing in a vehicle. During this altercation, an innocent bystander was affected by the pepper spray and her vehicle was struck as one of the suspect vehicles fled

Fortunately, neither the victim nor other nearby citizens, sustained any serious injuries.

 

Abbotsford Police are asking for your assistance in identifying the parties involved in this altercation.  The first picture is of the male who deployed the pepper spray towards the male and female in the second picture.  The couple fled in the pictured vehicle, an earlier model, dark coloured Buick Century, which struck the bystander’s vehicle as it left the area.

 

 

  MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020 

RCMP FRASER VALLEY TRAFFIC SERVICES

 

ONE DEAD AFTER HIGHWAY 1 ROLLOVER    

Police looking for witnesses to the accident

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET   

 

CMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the circumstances surrounding a rollover collision that claimed a life along Highway 1 near Langley early Monday morning.

 

On May 25, 2020, at approx. 2:30 a.m., RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Services and the Langley RCMP received a report of a single vehicle rollover collision along Highway 1 near 264 Street. Preliminary findings at the scene suggest that the silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck had been travelling in the westbound lanes when it veered off the roadway and into the ditch where it struck multiple trees before coming to final rest.

 

Emergency crews were required to extricate a woman who was trapped inside the wreckage. She and another male occupant of the vehicle were rushed to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services in critical condition.

 

Sadly, a third occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

The BC Coroners Service has been notified and is also investigating the man’s sudden death.

 

“Investigators are now working to positively identify the deceased,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP. “Once he has been identified, our priority will be to properly notify the man’s family.”

 

The police investigation remains ongoing at this time being led by RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Services, who is seeking witnesses to the collision, or events leading up to the collision. The RCMP Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services (ICARS) has been called upon to fully examine the crash scene.

 

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Services at 250-702-4039.

 

 

  SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

BONNIE AND CLYDE    

Spike belt stopped thieves in stolen vehicle while engaging in crime-spree

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET   

 

hree people have been arrested following an alleged crime spree which started in Calgary and ended in Hope this past weekend.

Just before 5 p.m. on Sunday May 17, 2020 officers from the Calgary Police Service were called to investigate a car-jacking and robbery, where a man and woman allegedly assaulted the driver, forced him from his vehicle and fled.

Twelve hours later on May 18 in Kamloops, RCMP received a shoplifting complaint at a local gas station. The suspects, now two men and a woman, were associated to a vehicle matching the description and bearing the same Alberta licence plates as the one stolen the night before in Calgary. Kamloops RCMP frontline officers flooded the area and located the vehicle, however, the driver allegedly failed to stop and fled toward Merritt.

Merritt RCMP officers were unsuccessful in attempts to stop the vehicle, which was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, south on Highway 5, toward Hope. Merritt officers immediately requested assistance of Hope RCMP officers, who successfully deployed a spike belt, deflating two tires, yet the vehicle continued onto Highway 1.

The female passenger, jumped out and was arrested when the vehicle slowed down to conduct a U-turn, while the other two male passengers were arrested after running over another spike belt and driving into Hunter Creek at Hunter Creek Bridge.

29-year old Jose Alejandro Sandoval-Barillas of Calgary has been charged with one count each of robbery and flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and possession of identity documents. 23-year-old Kisha Rose Ann Chickness, also of Calgary has been charged with one count each of robbery and possession of stolen property and four counts of failing to comply with a release order. A 29-year-old man has been released from custody without charge.

We are working closely with the Calgary Police Service to help advance the robbery investigation in Alberta along with the flight from police, shoplifting and possession of stolen goods investigations here in British Columbia, says Staff Sergeant Janelle Shoihet of the BC RCMP. This type of file really demonstrates that crime has no borders but with the interoperability of police agencies, even across provinces, neither do police.

 

 

 

  SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

SUICIDAL TEEN RETRIEVED FROM RIVER    

First responders lives put at risk saving boy

CPL JOANIE SIDHU   

 

CMP officers and Kamloops Fire Rescue crews deployed vessels onto the high fast moving waters of the South Thompson River in response to a very dynamic situation this afternoon involving a distraught male.
 

On May 22, 2020 at 11:46 a.m., Kamloops RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance inside a residence in the 2300-block of Valleyview Drive. The emotionally distraught young male subject involved in the altercation inside the home fled from that location as police arrived at the scene.
 

The 16-year-old boy reportedly took a row boat, from the dock of a river-front residence in Valleyview and entered out onto the waters of the South Thompson River. The teen was believed to be armed with an edged weapon, and was in possession of a hammer, which he allegedly used to damage the boat.
 

As a result of a coordinated response between various frontline and support units of the Kamloops RCMP, with the assistance of fire rescue crews on the water and a RCMP Air Services fixed wing air craft from above, the teen was eventually apprehended without further incident. CP Police also provided support to the RCMP as the event unfolded.
 

“Our police officers positioned themselves in strategic locations along the shorelines of the river as the event unfolded, while a specially trained negotiator was called upon to assist with speaking with the young man,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District. “There was a significant amount of risk involved to not only the young male, but all first responders. We are thankful that no one was injured during this incident.”
 

Insp. Steve McLeod of the Kamloops RCMP adds “we would like to thank the Kamloops Fire Department, BC Ambulance Services and CP Police for their significant contribution during this event.”
The boy was transported by BC Emergency Health Services to hospital for a full assessment. The police investigation is ongoing at this time.
 

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

 

  SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SHOTS FIRED    

Mounties investigate and arrest four after man chased

CPL JOANIE SIDHU   

 

31-year-old Surrey man has been arrested and charged with discharging a firearm with intent in relation to an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of May 20, 2020, in Whalley.

 

On May 20, 2020, just before 1:00 am, Surrey RCMP received reports of possible gunshots heard in the area of the 10600-block of King George Boulevard. Police also received a report of a man being chased in the same area. Surrey RCMP Frontline officers responded and their investigation led to a residence in the 10600-block of 137A Street. Four adults were arrested at the residence and later released. Officers also located a person who is believed to be the targeted victim, at another location, and confirmed they were not injured by gunfire.

 

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) took conduct of the file and advanced the investigation. Shortly before 4:30 pm on May 20, 2020, Surrey RCMP arrested 31-year-old, Julian Page, in the 10600-block of King George Boulevard with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.
 

Julian Page was held in custody overnight and a charge of discharging a firearm with intent was sworn on May 21, 2020.

 

This is believed to be a targeted incident which took place among parties known to each other. There is no ongoing threat to the public as a result of this incident.

 

“This was a fast-paced investigation which was successful as a result of the teamwork between our Frontline officers, Serious Crime Unit, and the Emergency Response Team,” said Inspector Cliff Chastellaine, Major Crime Senior Investigator. “We will continue to work together, along with help from the public in our full-press against violent crime in Surrey.”

 

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

 

 

  SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020 

MERRITT RCMP

 

VANDALIZED AND BURNED   

Police reach out to the community for help locating the suspects of heavy-duty equipment arson

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY   

 

erritt RCMP is now investigating after a piece of heavy equipment on a Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) site near Merritt BC was the target of an act of vandalism and theft one day and the subject of a suspicious blaze another.

On May 19, 2020 during the early morning hours, Merritt RCMP received a report of a suspicious vehicle fire, after crews discovered a blue Peterbuilt rope truck had burned. The blaze resulted in a total loss of the truck. The same commercial vehicle was targeted in an act of mischief and a theft of fuel earlier in the weekend.

"The fire scene had been secured by Merritt RCMP, for a full examination completed by forensic specialists and fire investigators with the RCMP Southeast District General Investigation Section, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP Southeast District. RCMP has since learned that there were individuals camping over the weekend in the immediate area of the impacted vehicle. GIS investigators are seeking to identify those campers, as they may hold key information.

Police are also asking all motorists who may have travelled thru the area of Highway 5A and Tillery Road, outside of Merritt BC on the evening of May 18 into the early morning hours of May 19, to review their dash camera footage and contact police.

At this stage of the investigation it is unknown whether the acts were targeted in nature or simply crimes of opportunity, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP Detachment at 250-378-4262 or the RCMP Southeast District GIS team at 250-869-2215. For those who wish to remain completely anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

TERRIBLE TWO'S   

Man caught drunk driving twice in one night

CPL JOANIE SIDHU   

 

37-year-old Surrey man maybe facing a long road through the court system after driving impaired twice in one night – only hours apart.

 

On May 18, 2020 shortly before midnight, a Surrey RCMP Frontline officer came across a collision involving an SUV and a sedan in the area of 16 Avenue and 168 Street, and stopped to investigate. The driver of the SUV was subsequently arrested for impaired driving and his vehicle was impounded. The man was released from police custody and was issued an Appearance Notice, a driving prohibition and was transported home by officers. Fortunately, no serious injuries were sustained by any of the parties involved in the collision.

 

Later the same night at approximately 4:15 am, Surrey RCMP received a report of an alleged impaired driver who had crashed into a fence post near 16 Avenue and King George Boulevard.  The responding Frontline officers identified the driver as the same man they had arrested earlier that night for impaired driving, behind the wheel of another vehicle. He was arrested again for impaired driving, and additionally for prohibited driving.  

 

Charges have not yet been laid for either of these incidents, but a fulsome report to the BC Public Prosecution Service is forthcoming.

 

“The selfish driving behaviour displayed by this individual is unacceptable and posed a serious safety risk to the public,” says Sergeant Dave Chu of the Surrey RCMP Traffic Services. “If your activity involves consuming alcohol, please plan ahead to find a safe ride and do not drive.”

 

If you witness a driver that you suspect is impaired please contact Surrey RCMP hands-free at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SURREY SEX OFFENDER RELEASED   

Police warn of high-risk to re-offend

CPL ELENORE 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. Kristjon Otto Olson was released from prison, May 22, 2020, in the Lower Mainland and is residing in Surrey. Kristjon Olson has been convicted of sexual offences against minors including: sexual interference, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, and offences related to child pornography. Kristjon Olson has been deemed a high risk to re-offend is subject to a recognizance under section 810 of the Criminal Code of Canada whereby he must abide by court ordered conditions including, in part: 1. Keep the peace and be of good behavior.

2. You must comply with the electronic monitoring supervision agreement including the wearing of and care for the electronic sup

ervision equipment.

3. You must have no contact or communication directly or indirectly with, nor be alone in the presence of, any person you know to be or who reasonably appears to be under the age of 16 years except if you have the prior written permission of your Probation Officer in which case you must carry that written permission with you.

4. You must not go to any public park, public swimming area, skating rink, library or recreation centre where persons under the age of 16 years are present or can reasonably be expected to be present or any daycare center, school ground or playground. This condition is to be electronically supervised.

5. You must not engage in activities, volunteer work or employment that could bring you in contact with persons under the age of 16 years without the prior written permission of your Probation Officer and when so engaged you must carry that written permission with you.

6. You must have no contact or communication, directly or indirectly, with any of the victims of offences for which you have been convicted or any known members of their immediate families.

7. You must not date, or enter into a marriage or common-law relationship with any person who has children, or has the care of or access to children, under the age of 16 years until you have identified to your Probation Officer the person with whom you propose to enter into such a relationship and your Probation Officer has informed that person of this order and your history as described in your criminal record.

8. You must not enter any liquor store, beer and wine store, bar, pub, lounge, nightclub, beer garden or any other business from which minors are prohibited at any time by the terms of a liquor license

9. You must not possess, either personally or through another person, any firearm, cross-bow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition or explosive substance, anything that resembles a weapon or firearm, any weapon as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code, or any related authorizations, licenses or registration certificates.

10. You must not possess or consume alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicating substance, except in accordance with a medical prescription.

11. You must not possess drug paraphernalia including but not limited to pipes, rolling papers and syringes.

12. You must not possess or view any pornographic material and you must not access any pornographic material by electronic means.

13. You must obey a curfew by being inside your residence between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am, each day. You must present yourself immediately to the door to your residence or answer the phone when any peace officer or Probation Officer attends at your residence or calls to check your compliance with the curfew condition of this order.

14. You must not possess or use any device capable of accessing any computer network including the internet, or capable of storing data, except as permitted by this order. While possessing or using any such device pursuant to this order you must: a) not delete your browsing history, b) not access, directly or indirectly, any social media sites, social networks, internet discussion forums or chat rooms, or maintain a personal profile on any such service, c) not communicate or attempt to communicate with any person you know to be or who reasonably appears or represents himself or herself to be under the age of 16 years through a social networking website, instant messaging service, or chat room program.

You are permitted to use a device capable of accessing a computer network including the internet or capable of storing data if a) you have the prior written permission of your Probation Officer, such permission to be carried on your person, or b) during the course of your education or employment but only for the purposes of your education or employment.

If you see any suspicious behavior including, but not limited to a breach of these conditions, do not approach Kristjon Olson, but contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or call 911.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

WEAPONS CALL LEADS TO ARREST   

Police reach out to the community for information

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

hortly after 9:00 am on May 19, 2020, Richmond RCMP received a report of someone allegedly in possession of a weapon at a residence in the 11000-block of King Rd. Frontline police officers arrived within a very short time frame and quickly secured the area.

Based on information received, frontline officers enlisted the assistance of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.

Two individuals were located inside of a suite in the residence. One remains in custody for an outstanding warrant on an unrelated matter. No injuries were sustained by any of the parties involved.

"Our frontline officers flooded the area and quickly contained the scene," says Constable Kenneth Lau. "Despite the active and dynamic call, they took actions to ensure that the safety of the public was always maintained."

As this matter is active and ongoing, no further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed, or have information regarding this incident, is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file number 2020-13436. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

DEVELOPLY DISABLED WOMAN TARGETED BY PAINTBALL

Police looking for suspect

SGT JUDY BIRD

n May 18, 2020, 32-year-old Emily was sitting in her front driveway on Glenn Mountain Drive enjoying the sunshine.  Between 12:30 and 1:00 pm that day, an unknown person who may have been travelling in a vehicle shot at and hit Emily in the upper leg with a paintball.  Emily sustained a minor red mark to her leg.

Emily is developmentally disabled; she is non-verbal and cannot explain what happened or who assaulted her. 

Emily’s mother, Diane, states, “We were so disappointed that this would happen near our home.  Luckily neither Emily, nor anyone else in our neighbourhood, was badly injured.  Since this happened yesterday, so many community members have come forward to express their care and concern for Emily.  Our community support is overwhelming and so very appreciated.  Thank you!”

Anyone who has information about or witnessed this incident, or who has CCTV or dashcam video of Glenn Mountain Drive at the date and time noted above, is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

ROAD RAGER WIELDS KNIFE

Confrontation between drivers leads to injury

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

n Wednesday May 13, 2020, at approximately 4:00 pm, a silver Chevrolet Camaro was observed driving erratically eastbound on North Parallel from Atkinson Road.  The driver of the Camaro was observed driving at a high rate of speed and passing multiple vehicles. 

The Camaro travelled over the highway overpass at No. 3 Road and pulled over on the westbound Hwy 1 on-ramp. Two other vehicles pulled up beside the Camaro and the occupants engaged in a verbal altercation. 

Another witness to the erratic driving behaviour pulled up behind the vehicles and got out to talk to the Camaro driver about the incident.  As he approached the Camaro, the Camaro’s driver exited the vehicle and, without provocation, assaulted this witness. The witness raised his arms in self defence and was able to yield off multiple swings before the driver suddenly got into the Camaro and left the scene. The witness noticed his sleeve was cut open and he was bleeding from a deep laceration to his elbow.  He observed a black lock-blade knife on the ground where he had been attacked. 

Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding this incident, or who has CCTV or dashcam video of North Parallel Road between Atkinson Road and No. 3 Road between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm on May 13, 2020, is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225.

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

FOUND BABY'S MOTHER IDENTIFIED

Child receives medical attention

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

olice investigators believe they have identified the mother of an infant who was found outside a home in Port Coquitlam over the weekend. Everyone involved in the file is now getting medical care and community care support as the police investigation moves into the next phase.

The investigation has been active since police were called on Saturday, May 16, 2020, just before 1:00 p.m. The infant was found outside the door of a home in the 2300 block of Ranger Lane, Port Coquitlam.

Coquitlam RCMP Major Crime Section has identified a Port Coquitlam woman who is believed to be the child’s mother. She does not have a history with police.

As with all newborn infants, the child required medical care and supervision and was taken to hospital immediately. The baby is now recovering well.

With the immediate medical needs of everyone involved now taken care of, Major Crime investigators will continue to gather statements and review physical and forensic evidence.

This incident is isolated and there is no broader risk to the public.

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ONE PERSON SHOT

Disagreement between groups cause gunfight

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

our suspects have been taken into custody by Surrey RCMP following a confirmed shooting in the Bridgeview area.

 

On May 18, 2020, at approximately 3:30 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to reports of the sound of a gun shot coming from a residence in the 12900-block 111 Avenue. Police contained the residence, arrested the occupants, and have confirmed that no one was injured as a result of the shooting.

 

One person was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening arm injury, believed to have been sustained during an altercation inside the residence.

 

This residence is known to police and the initial indications are that this shooting was a result of a dispute between parties known to one another. There is no indication of an on-going threat to public safety.

 

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has taken conduct of the investigation and the area will be cordoned off while the police investigation continues.

 

Police will be in the area canvassing the neighbourhood for witnesses and surveillance videos.

 

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

 

 

  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

POLICE SEEK SERIAL ARSONIST

Suspect involved in 15 fires

CPL DENNIS HWANG

ichmond RCMP is actively investigating a series of 15 suspicious fires, 14 of which have taken between January 4, 2020 and April 18, 2020.

In our initial media release, originally issued on April 15, 2020, 8 suspicious fires were identified but through further analysis, 7 more have now been identified as part of this series.

The first fire is believed to have taken place on July 13, 2019. There was then a 6-month gap at which point the remaining 13 fires occurred.

These fires have been connected through an analysis of the evidence and have taken place within a small geographic area within Richmond.

In each of these incidents either hedges or garbage bins have been deliberately set on fire. Fortunately, so far there have been no injuries and minimal property damage. Richmond RCMP are, however, concerned for the public’s safety as there is always a risk for serious injury or significant property damage as a result of these deliberate fires.

The incidents have occurred in the geographical area spanning west to east from McCallan Road to St. Albans Road and north to south from Bennett Road to Afton Drive. All of the fires have taken place between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Despite numerous investigative measures taken by police the identify of the individual responsible remains unknown.

The suspect has been described as:

• Caucasian male;

• Blonde hair and fair skinned;

• Between 17 and 19 years of age;

• Approximately 5’6 and 160 pounds.

He has been observed wearing:

• A gray, white and light blue zip-up hoodie with horizontal strips along the chest;

• Baggy pants;

•  Carrying a backpack with a silver canister.

A possible suspect was observed in the area of one of the fires and Richmond RCMP are issuing a composite drawing in the hopes of identifying this male.

The Richmond RCMP is asking for the community to report any suspicious behaviour to the police. A TIPS lines has been set-up for this investigation. If you have any information about these incidents including possible dash cam footage or video surveillance, please contact us immediately at 604-204-4627 or 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).

 

 

  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 

PARKSVILLE RCMP

 

DON'T ROPE ME IN

One bike had the gas and the other bike had the brakes

CPL MIKE HALSKOV

 

n officer with BC RCMP Traffic Services Parksville came across an unusual sight as he was driving on Highway 4 through Coombs, BC, on the evening of May 5, 2020.

The officer observed two motorcycles travelling together – literally. The operator of the lead motorcycle (the ‘gas’) was towing the second motorcycle (the ‘brake’) with a rope! The officer turned around to stop the two individuals who had unsuccessfully attempted to duck off the highway behind a nearby building. Things did not improve from there.

The officer determined that neither operator had a valid drivers licence, neither motorcycle belonged to either of the operators and neither motorcycle was insured. In addition, one of the operators exhibited signs of impairment and was issued a 24 hour driving prohibition. Both operators were served tickets for No Drivers Licence and No Insurance and released at the scene. The motorcycles were towed to a secure location until ownership can be established.

This is a reminder to motorists that officers from BC RCMP Traffic Services are continuing enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic and they are committed to reducing high risk driving behaviour and keeping our roads safe.

 

  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

SCAMMER PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD

Suspect embezzled seniors

SGT PETER DEVRIES

orth Vancouver RCMP is providing an update to a previous public alert and previous charge approval of a suspect for multiple confidence frauds committed against elderly victims in North Vancouver and other jurisdictions throughout the Lower Mainland.

"We're happy to let our senior community members in particular know that their community is a little safer today," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. Donald Robert Quinnell pled guilty to 22 counts of Fraud, and was sentenced to 5.5 years. The charges were for offences committed in North Vancouver, Vancouver, Port Moody and West Vancouver, all of which were laid by BC Prosecution Service in North Vancouver Provincial Court.

"This investigation offers a good example of cross-jurisdictional cooperation," he said. "We were able to identify the suspect in these frauds because of good information sharing between our departments, and we were able to provide the court with evidence from each of our jurisdictions as a collective law enforcement group."

 

  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 

ABBORSFORD PD

 

MULTIPLE SHOTS FIRED

No hospital visits after incident

SGT JUDT BIRD

 

his morning at 1:59 am, Abbotsford Police received multiple 911 calls reporting a group of males fighting in the 31000 block of Walmsley Avenue. While police were responding, more calls were received that there had been shots fired in the area. 

As police responded, several cars were reported to be leaving the area.  Several people were detained but later released.   At this point in the investigation it is believed that no one was shot, however one male was taken to Abbotsford Regional Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Currently the Abbotsford Police Major Crime Unit and Patrol Branch are investigating the incident.

The Abbotsford Police are asking anyone with information about this incident, or anyone that may have been in the area and have dashcam footage to call 604-859-5225.

 

  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 

SAANICH RCMP

 

ACCIDENTAL MARINA EXPLOSION KILLS MAN

Multiple people banded together to save lives

CPL CHRIS MANSEAU

n Sunday May 10th just after 4pm the Sidney North Saanich RCMP were contacted about a boat fire and possible explosion at the North Saanich Marina.

Sidney / North Saanich RCMP Frontline members attended the scene to find a boat engulfed in flames, along with the floating fuel dock.

This was a chaotic and extremely dangerous situation that developed in a very short amount of time. The quick thinking of the marina staff member to shut off the fuel pumps as they fled the fuel dock likely saved others from serious injury said RCMP Sergeant Colin Cook, Sidney / North Saanich RCMP Detachment operations officer. This tragic situation could have been significantly worse if it wasn’t for the actions of those who were in the vicinity and offered help to the victims. An off-duty police officer, off-duty fire fighter and numerous civilians immediately jumped into action to offer help, and first aid to injured people.

The Sidney / North Saanich RCMP wants to acknowledge all of the assisting agencies who were called and offered assistance in ensuring that no one else was injured during this hazardous situation; Sidney Fire Department, North Saanich Fire Department, BC Ambulance, central Saanich Police, The Coast Guard, Work Safe BC, along with numerous specialized sections of the RCMP.

Portions of the destroyed boat have been raised and examined by RCMP and fire investigators. Through examining the remains of the boat it has been confirmed that the fire originated on the boat itself and spread to the fueling dock. The cause of the fire on the boat is still being determined. There is no indication that this fire is suspicious and there is no sign of criminality.

The BC Coroners Service has been contacted is in the preliminary stages of its fact-finding investigation. If you have video footage of the fire or the explosion, or were a witness to the events and have not yet spoken with police, please contact the Sidney / North Saanich RCMP at 250-656-3931.

 

  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 

NANAIMO RCMP

 

DOG EAT DOG

Two seniors duke it out

CPL GARY O'BRIEN

 

he Nanaimo RCMP is investigating an unprovoked assault on a 74-year male. The incident occurred at approximately 7 am on Thursday May 14th, 2020, on a trail near Glen Oaks Drive and Timbercrest Way.

The victim told police he was walking his dog along the trail when he encountered a male who was also walking a dog. As the two passed each other, the victim mentioned to the other male that his dog should be on a leash. The suspect male took offense to this comment and proceeded to yell at the victim and then punched him in the face, cutting his lip. The two grappled for a short time then the suspect left, swearing and threatening the victim.

While the victim was tussling with the suspect, the suspect male told him that he was 72 years old. The suspect male is white, of medium height and build and had a white moustache. The victim does not recall what the suspect was wearing other than he was wearing green boots and was walking a small shaggy black dog.

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

 

  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 

NANAIMO RCMP

 

WANTED: PETER LUDVIGSON

Former convict on the loose

CPL GARY O'BRIEN

 

he Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 45-year-old Peter Ludvigson of Nanaimo, wanted Canada wide for parole violations.

Ludvigson was recently paroled after serving a majority of his federal sentence for property related offences, which included Break and Enter, Trespass by night and Theft. Ludvigson was to reside at a family members home in Nanaimo but has not been to that residence since early May. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Ludvigson is a white male, 5 ft.11, 220 pounds with red hair and brown eyes. He has a number of tattoos across his upper torso. One tattoo of note is on his lower right forearm which depicts a devil with flames.

If you have information on the location of Peter Ludvigson, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

 

 

  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 

PARKSVILLE RCMP

 

COP ROPES IN PAIR

One bike had the gas and the other bike had the brakes

CPL MIKE HALSKOV

 

n officer with BC RCMP Traffic Services Parksville came across an unusual sight as he was driving on Highway 4 through Coombs, BC, on the evening of May 5, 2020.

The officer observed two motorcycles travelling together – literally. The operator of the lead motorcycle (the ‘gas’) was towing the second motorcycle (the ‘brake’) with a rope! The officer turned around to stop the two individuals who had unsuccessfully attempted to duck off the highway behind a nearby building. Things did not improve from there.

The officer determined that neither operator had a valid drivers licence, neither motorcycle belonged to either of the operators and neither motorcycle was insured. In addition, one of the operators exhibited signs of impairment and was issued a 24 hour driving prohibition. Both operators were served tickets for No Drivers Licence and No Insurance and released at the scene. The motorcycles were towed to a secure location until ownership can be established.

This is a reminder to motorists that officers from BC RCMP Traffic Services are continuing enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic and they are committed to reducing high risk driving behaviour and keeping our roads safe.

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

THRIFT STORE ASSAULT

Police reach out to community for help to ID thief

CST JOANIE SIDHU

 

he Surrey RCMP is looking for the public’s help to identify a man who is a suspect in an assault which occurred late last year, in Whalley.

 

This investigation began on December 20, 2019 after Surrey RCMP received a report that a man was assaulted by an unknown male suspect at a thrift store in the 10600-block of King George Boulevard. The victim received minor injuries. 

 

After other investigative avenues have been unsuccessful in identifying the suspect, a photo is being released to the public in an effort to advance the investigation.

 

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, with short dark hair, approximately 5' 7" - 5' 10" tall with a slim build (see attached photo).

 

Investigators are asking anyone who can help identify the suspect, or has any information about the incident, to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

THIEF BIG TROUBLE FOR COPS

Cops chase cowboy from break and enters to a stolen vehicle and attempted car jacking

SGT JUDY BIRD

t 6:35 pm, on Tuesday, May 13th, Abbotsford Police were advised of a single vehicle collision on Highway 1 at Mt. Lehman Rd.  Prior to police arrival, witnesses observed the driver flee on foot southbound on Mt. Lehman Rd. 

At 7:12 pm Abbotsford Patrol Officers responded to a report of a man breaking into two residences on Locklin Court.  The first home was unoccupied. The male then proceeded next door, where he forced entry into the second home. The suspect confronted the homeowners, demanding their vehicle. The suspect stole the truck and fled the area.

Numerous witnesses called 9-1-1 to report a truck, matching the stolen truck’s description, driving aggressively and dangerously westbound on Highway 1. The truck side-swiped two vehicles and subsequently crashed into center median in Langley at Highway #1 at 212th Street. Again, the driver fled from the vehicle on foot, and attempted to car jack several vehicles heading eastbound on Highway 1.  

The male was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit with Langley RCMP Patrol Officers. 

The driver, a 32-year-old Surrey man, remains in police custody.  Investigators are recommending new charges of break and enter, robbery, possession of stolen property over $5000, theft over $5000, hit and run, dangerous driving and possession of a controlled substance.

Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives and Langley RCMP General Investigation Section continue their investigations into these multi-jurisdictional incidents.

Langley RCMP investigators would like to speak to the three drivers of the attempted car jackings.  

Anyone who witnessed these incidents, or has CCTV, dashcam video or information about these investigations, is asked to contact the Major Crime Unit at 604-859-5225.

Abbotsford file 2020-18816

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

SMOKIN' HOT THEFT

Mounties look for owner of stolen cigarettes

CST JOANIE SIDHU

 

he Surrey RCMP is seeking assistance from the public to gather information on what are believed to be, over 200 packages of stolen cigarettes.

 

More than 200 sealed packages of cigarettes were seized on April 17, 2020, by members of the Surrey Mobile Street Enforcement Team (MSET) during a suspicious persons investigation in the 8000-block of King George Boulevard.  It is believed that the cigarettes are stolen property and police are seeking more information from the public, including help to locate the owner.
 

During the investigation, a man and woman were arrested and released pending further investigation. 

 

“The amount of un-opened cigarette packages that were seized by our officers is quite considerable,” said Mobile Street Enforcement Team Staff Sergeant, Neil Kennedy. “We are confident that someone in the community has information that will help us to advance our investigation and to identify the owner of the cigarettes.”  

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-57318.

 

Any individuals coming forward to claim ownership of the cigarettes will be asked a series of questions to verify ownership.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

THE WRONG THING TO SAY

Cops investigate racist comments

CST KENNETH LAU

n May 8, 2020, Richmond RCMP responded to a disturbance near Garry Point Park. There was a verbal altercation exchanged where it was alleged that racist slurs were directed at a group of individuals. officers were dispatched and arrived at the scene within minutes, but prior to police arriving, one of the parties had already left.

 

The Richmond RCMP have since identified and reached out to all individuals involved. The Richmond RCMP Watch General Investigative Services Unit is assisting with the investigation, which remains active and ongoing.

 

Richmond RCMP takes all allegations of hate-related crimes seriously. Racism will not be tolerated in any form and will be investigated to the fullest extent.

 

If anyone has information pertaining to this incident, please contact the Richmond RCMP.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

THE POT SHOP CHOP

Weed not authorized to sell

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Packaged pot for sale.

 

uspected drug trafficking at a South Surrey residence has been quashed thanks to tips from the public.

 

RCMP began an investigation after being tipped off on a possible illegal cannabis store operating at a residence in the 16400-block of 24A Avenue. The Surrey RCMP Drug Unit executed a search warrant at the residence on April 23, 2020, and located evidence of alleged drug trafficking, including indications of illegal online cannabis sales.  

 

As a result of the investigation, officers located and seized a number of items consistent with drug trafficking including cocaine and MDMA. Police also located drug cutting agents, drug packaging and processing materials. Multiple cell phones were seized along with various packaged cannabis products, and $1700 in cash.

 

A man and woman were arrested and later released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.

 

“This is a great example of Surrey residents helping to address the illicit drug trade in the community,” says acting Proactive Enforcement Officer, Staff Sergeant Ryan Element. “Despite the legalization of cannabis, we will continue to enforce drug laws and target illegal drug activity in Surrey.”

 

This is a good reminder to the public that it is not only illegal to sell cannabis from an unauthorized dealer, it is also illegal to purchase cannabis from an unauthorized dealer, regardless if the purchase is in-store or online. The products sold at illegal cannabis stores are not regulated and therefore may contain harmful additives. For more information on cannabis sale and consumption laws, please visit https://cannabis.gov.bc.ca/.

 

If you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood, 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.

 

 

  SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020 

CLEARWATER RCMP

PROTESTING PROTESTORS

Police reach out to the community to help ID pair

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

n an effort to advance an ongoing criminal investigation into an alleged incident carried out on April 19, 2020, along Murtle Lake Road in Blue River, police are turning to the general public for assistance with identifying two individuals connected to the case.

Clearwater RCMP is presently investigating an incident where two unknown male individuals were captured on film during a confrontation at a protest camp located near Clearwater BC. Despite their efforts to identify these persons, investigators are now publicly releasing still images of the individuals as they turn to the general public for their help to further the police investigation.

Unknown individual #1 is described as a Caucasian male, seen wearing a dark coloured Vans brand hooded sweatshirt, a pair of dark jeans, a baseball cap and a pair of black and white sneakers.

Unknown individual #2 is described as a Caucasian male, seen wearing a brown jacket, a pair of dark coloured jeans and a backwards baseball cap.

We are also strongly urging either of these males to immediately come forward to speak with our investigators, states Sgt. Grant Simpson, Detachment Commander for the Clearwater RCMP. We are taking this matter seriously.

If you recognize either of the unknown individuals, or you have any additional information that may assist investigators, you are asked to contact the Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

HARD-UP HOOD

Police look to the public to help ID

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Do you know this man?

 

urrey RCMP is requesting assistance from the public to help identify a suspect in a robbery which occurred at a convenience store in the Cloverdale area.

 

On April 2, 2020, at approximately 6:15 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at a convenience store located in the 5900-block of 168 Street. The unidentified male suspect entered the store, stole money from the cash register, and fled the store. No weapons were produced and there were no injuries to the victim.

 

The suspect is described as a heavy set South Asian male with a beard, 6'-6'2” tall, 30-40 years old, wearing a grey hooded sweater and black track pants (see attached photos). The suspect is believed to be associated to a dark grey vehicle with large wheels.

 

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

 

  SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

RAM AND RUN

Suspect tried to bash his way past cruisers

SGT JUDY BIRD

his afternoon, at approximately 12:50 pm, AbbyPD Patrol officers patrolling the Whatcom Road area observed a Honda Civic which license plates did not match the vehicle. With the assistance of the Air 1 Helicopter, police were able to surveille the Honda until it parked in a driveway in 2900 block of Lefeuvre Road. The driver exited the vehicle and walked away. Patrol officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, at which time the passenger got into the driver seat and rammed the police car twice in an attempt to flee. When the vehicle was not able to get out of the driveway, the passenger fled on foot. He was taken into custody a short distance away with the assistance of a Lower Mainland Integrated Police Service Dog.

The initial driver was taken into police custody without incident. He is a 36-year-old Abbotsford man facing new charges of prohibited driving and breach of court conditions.

The second driver who rammed the police car is a 37-year-old Abbotsford man facing new charges of Dangerous Driving, Flight from Police, Prohibited Driving, and Breach of his court conditions.

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

VICTIM OF WALLET THEFT CHASED THIEF

Suspect allegedly used pepper spray

CPL ADRIANA PERALTA

 

t approximately 2:14 pm on May 2, 2020 Richmond RCMP were called after a male was allegedly observed smashing the window of a vehicle and stealing a wallet from inside. When the male was confronted, he proceeded to run away. The vehicle’s owner followed while his friend dialed 9-1-1.

The friend provided a brief description of the male suspect, as well as the direction he had run. Richmond RCMP officers quickly flooded the area and located the owner of the vehicle, while simultaneously setting-up quadrants.

The vehicle owner told police that as he followed the suspect, the male had slowed down. The vehicle owner said he initially thought that the male would perhaps return his wallet, however, as he got near the suspect, he was allegedly pepper sprayed. Despite this, the vehicle owner continued to follow the suspect in the hopes of retrieving his wallet.

The suspect managed to lose the victim but with the assistance of a police service dog, he was located hiding in some bushes.

The male was arrested and held in-custody. Coleton Szalay, who is known to police, has now been charged with:

•Assault with a weapon
• Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
• Theft Under $5000

We understand that the victim wanted to retrieve his wallet, but trying to approach a suspect can be dangerous, says Corporal Adriana Peralta, In this case the male was allegedly armed with pepper spray. Fortunately, the victim wasn’t injured, but we want to remind the public that if they witness a crime to keep a safe distance, provide updates of the individual’s whereabouts to police, and let the police be the ones to make an approach.

Richmond RCMP recovered the victim’s wallet and seized a can of bear spray.

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

LARGE BUST IN SURREY

$15K cash, rugs and weapons seized

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

 

stash of illicit drugs, weapons and cash has been seized from a Newton residence following an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU).

 

This investigation began on March 27, 2020, after Surrey RCMP received a tip from the public regarding suspected drug trafficking. The Community Response Unit took conduct of what became a month long investigation, culminating in the execution of a search warrant on April 28, 2020, at a residence in the 6000-block of 140 Street.  

 

As a result of the investigation, officers seized over $15,000 CAD and $275 USD in cash, knives, swords, an imitation (air-soft) gun and alleged drug trafficking paraphernalia. Suspected illicit drugs in various quantities including methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine and pills were also seized from the residence (see attached photo).

 

Four adults, two males and two females, inside the residence were arrested and subsequently released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.

 

“This is another example of how the community can play a significant role in helping us keep the community safe,” says Community Response Team S/Sgt. Mike Deneumoustier. “Tips received from the public can be a major starting-point for investigations into drug related offences.”

 

If you have information about a crime occurring in your neighborhood, please call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.  Another way to help keep your neighbourhood safe is through our Block Watch Program; for more  information about this program please visit our website.

 

 

 

 

  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Mounties seize phones, drugs arrest pair

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

large quantity of illicit drugs, stolen identification, and stolen bank cards have been seized by Surrey RCMP officers after a suspicious occurrence in Newton.

 

Officers were patrolling in the area of 134 Street and 64 Avenue just before 2pm, on April 25, 2020, when they encountered two men arguing. A vehicle associated to the men was left unoccupied and idling nearby. 

 

Inside the vehicle, the officers allegedly observed evidence which led to the arrests of both men for possession for the purpose of trafficking. Further investigation of the vehicle led to the seizure of a large quantity of suspected illicit drugs including: pills, cocaine, and fentanyl. The officers also located and seized multiple cell phones, an electronic card reader, stolen identification, and stolen bank cards.

 

One man was released at the scene pending further investigation. The second man was found to have five outstanding warrants of arrest, and was taken into custody. The investigation into this incident is on-going, no charges have been laid at this time.

 

“This seizure is a great example of pro-active policing by our frontline officers,” says Corporal Joanie Sidhu. “They saw something that looked out of place, they took the time to find out what was going on, and ended up taking illicit drugs off the street and recovering stolen property.”

 

If you have information about a crime occurring in your neighborhood, please call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

HEALTH CANADA SEIZE COVID-10 TESTS KITS

No charges to Richmond man with plans to sell 1500 online

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

he COVID-19 Fraud Response Team of the BC RCMP, in partnership with Health Canada, acted on a tip from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre that unauthorized COVID-19 test kits were being sold online to unsuspecting British Columbians.

Health Canada inspectors, assisted by members of the RCMP, seized more than 1,500 unauthorized kits from a Richmond resident, who had acquired and sold them without authorization.

Only diagnostic tests authorized by Health Canada can be imported or sold in Canada. Authorized COVID-19 tests provide accurate and reliable results, whereas unauthorized tests may lead to potential misdiagnosis.

Selling or advertising health products that make false or misleading claims to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure COVID-19 is illegal in Canada. Health Canada takes this matter very seriously and is taking action to stop this activity.

Health Canada continues to monitor websites for false and misleading claims, working with online retailers to ensure that unauthorized products and products making unauthorized claims are removed from their websites.

Canadians who have purchased unauthorized health products should stop using them immediately and consult a health care professional if they have used any of these products and have health concerns.

Health Canada encourages anyone who has information on the potential non-compliant sale or advertising of a health product claiming to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure COVID-19, to report it using the online complaint form.

The BC RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Financial Integrity Program created the COVID-19 Fraud Response Team to deal with various scams that are coming out during the pandemic, via detection, prevention, coordination and enforcement strategies. This operation was a success because of the involvement of their colleagues at the Richmond RCMP Detachment, as well as expertise from Health Canada.

No charges were laid by the BC RCMP as a result of the seizure.

The types of scams can be infinite and change daily, ranging from unauthorized sale of unapproved medical devices to online phishing regarding fake COVID-19 testing, Revenue Canada and Health Authorities communications, government grants such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and many more.

Canadians are reminded to be extra careful during the pandemic regarding online frauds and scams, says Inspector Lav Mangat, Operations Officer for the BC RCMP Financial Integrity Program.
We work with many partners, such as Health Canada, to protect British Columbians. We are all in this together. Always assume any unsolicited contact is a potential scam. Consult the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre webpage for information on the types of scams out there, how to protect yourself and report them if you become a victim.

 

  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

SEARCH ON FOR MISSING HIKER

Man left wife at the car hasn't been seen since

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

he Abbotsford Police are asking the public’s assistance in locating missing hiker, Mr. David Harper (60 years old), last seen in Sumas Mountain Park heading to the cellular tower trail yesterday afternoon at 1 pm.  Mr. Harper was hiking with his wife; but they separated when he decided to hike further, and she went back to their vehicle. 

The Abbotsford Police are concerned that Mr. Harper may not be prepared for the cold, rainy weather and rough terrain of Sumas Mountain.

Abbotsford Police Patrol Officers and Search and Rescue Teams will continue to search for Mr. Harper today in Sumas Mountain Park.

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

NEFARIOUS PAIR CAUGHT WITH $33K IN STOLEN COVID-19 AND GST CHEQUES

Everything was fake from ID's to licence plates

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

wo individuals were arrested and $33,000 in stolen Canada Emergency Response Benefit cheques were recovered by Surrey RCMP Officers with the Covid-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team (CCET).

 

Members of CCET proactively patrol Surrey to inform, educate and prevent contraventions of public health safety orders. It was on their patrols that members of the team made note of three suspicious vehicles associated to a residence in Cloverdale. The vehicles were allegedly displaying fake license plates and fake temporary operating permits.     

 

On April 25, 2020, just after 9:00 pm, CCET members attempted to stop one of the vehicles as it pulled into the drive way of the residence however, the vehicle drove into the backyard in an attempt to evade police. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot while a female passenger was arrested without incident upon exiting the vehicle. The driver, a man in his 30’s, was later arrested and taken into custody, after a brief foot pursuit.    

 

Further investigation of the vehicle led to the seizure of a large quantity of stolen property from several Lower Mainland jurisdictions, including $33,000 worth of stolen Canada Emergency Response Benefit cheques, and numerous pieces of fraudulent identification.

 

The arrested male suspect has been remanded to custody, and the female suspect has been released with an appearance notice for a later date. Charges have not been laid, however the investigation is on-going with police now processing the large quantity of seized exhibits.   

 

“This team was created by the Surrey RCMP in collaboration with the City of Surrey to address all aspects of public safety as it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic,” says acting Community Services Officer, Inspector Wendy Mehat. “Not only are we looking out for safety aspects like social distancing, but keeping our eyes out for criminals who would seek to take advantage of opportunities presented by the pandemic.”

 

Since its launch at the end of March, the Covid-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team has conducted more than 12,000 proactive checks of businesses, faith-based locations, event locations, recovery homes, parks and beaches in Surrey.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 

 

LYTTON RCMP

EXTRICATED MAN CHARGED

Stolen vehicle crashes

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

man from Northern BC now faces a number of criminal charges as the Lytton RCMP continue its investigation into a highway collision that involved a vehicle reportedly stolen from Boston Bar early Monday morning.

On April 27, 2020 a short time before 8 a.m., Lytton RCMP were notified by police dispatchers of a stolen pickup truck believed to be headed along Highway 1 towards the Village of Lytton. The grey Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck was reported stolen to the Boston Bar RCMP taken, within the previous half hour, from the area of Blue Lake Road.

Shortly after 8 a.m. officers, patrolling for the stolen pickup truck, spotted a vehicle matching its description travelling above the posted speed limit eastbound along Highway 1.

Moments later officers came across the stolen vehicle, after it seemingly left the travel portion of the roadway and became involved in a collision, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP Southeast District. The lone occupant was extricated from the wreckage by fire officials and transported by BC Emergency Health Services Air Ambulance to a regional hospital for medical attention.

Investigators also located what they believe to be stolen property items inside the wreckage.

The suspect, 27-year-old Justin Bjorklund of Prince George, has since been released from hospital. He has been formally charged by the BC Prosecution Service with possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of identity documents and two counts of breach of his Probation Order.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225.

 

 

 

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

IT'S ALWAYS CRACK, FENT AND METH

Police seize drugs, cash and cell phones

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

 

Fentanyl (l-r), Methamphetamines and crack.

 

substantial quantity of illicit drugs and cash have been seized as a result of proactive enforcement in Whalley. 

 

On April 23, 2020, the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) was on patrol in Whalley when they pulled over a suspicious vehicle near 132 Street and 88 Avenue, shortly before 9:00 pm. During the vehicle stop, officers made observations which led to the arrest of the driver, for possession for the purpose of trafficking.  A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of a large quantity of suspected illicit drugs including: crack cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. Police also located and seized $5220 in cash, a number of cell phones, packaging, and other paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking (see attached photo).

 

The driver, an adult male, has been released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.

 

“This seizure is another example of the positive results we are seeing by aggressively targeting drug trafficking in Surrey,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element. “The illicit drug trade is at the core of gang activity and violent crime throughout the Lower Mainland. We will continue to seek out drug traffickers and send a clear message that they aren’t welcome in our community. 

 

If you have information about suspected drug activity, or any other crime in your neighborhood, please call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

HUNGRY ROBBER SOUGHT

Man robs Subway restaurants

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

 

he same sandwich shop has been the victim of two robberies by the same man. Coquitlam RCMP Robbery Section investigators are hoping that someone will identify the suspect and help solve the case.

The first robbery happened on March 6, 2020, just before 10:00 p.m., in the 2600 block of Austin Avenue, Coquitlam. The suspect allegedly brandished a knife before jumping over the counter and stealing money from the cash register.

The second robbery happened at the same location and same time of day on March 14, 2020. Just like the first robbery, the suspect jumped the counter before allegedly robbing the till.

The suspect is described as:

• A Caucasian man
• Tall (estimated at about 6’ or 183 cm)
• Slim build
• 20-30-years-old
• Possibly wearing a black hoodie and grey sweatpants

If you think you recognize the suspect, call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Robbery Section (file 2020-6299). If you wish to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to their website at solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

WITNESSES TO COLLISION SOUGHT

Elderly man dies from April accident

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

collision that first appeared to be minor has now led to the death of a Pitt Meadows man. Coquitlam RCMP is asking for additional witnesses to come forward.

The collision happened on Sunday, April 26, 2020, just before 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of Mary Hill Bypass and Pitt River Road, Port Coquitlam. A red Subaru Outback collided with a grey Volkswagen Passat that subsequently struck a white Chevrolet Colorado.

Coquitlam RCMP started investigating immediately while the driver of the Subaru and one of his passengers were taken to hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries. Just after midnight on Monday, April 27, the 82-year-old passenger died from his injuries. The Coquitlam RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) has now taken over the investigation.

Some witnesses have already spoken to police, but CCIT is appealing to anyone else who saw the collision, or the immediate moments beforehand, to contact the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Collision Team (file 2020-10802).

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

THE FURS, THE DIAMONDS, THE PAINTING ON THE WALL

Cops have too much stolen items from one thief to deal with

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

oquitlam RCMP has so many recovered stolen goods that we’re asking the public to help us return the items to their owners. You can do that by visiting a new webpage with photos of each of the individual items.

The stolen goods were all recovered in a joint operation last year between West Vancouver Police and Coquitlam RCMP’s Prolific Target Team (PTT). The investigation led to the arrest of 52-year-old Michael Horyn of Port Coquitlam. Multiple search warrants led to the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal property and money.

We believe that Horyn was often targeting homes where people had been away for a long time, says Sergeant Keith Schendel with Coquitlam RCMP PTT. One of the reasons we’re encouraging people to claim their items is that it could lead to new charges being laid. This investigation is still very active.

Anyone who was a victim of a break and enter in Metro Vancouver or Calgary, Alberta between 2018 and 2019 is encouraged to check the new Coquitlam RCMP webpage. If you see something that you recognize, you will be asked to provide specific details that only the rightful owner would know.

Attempting to claim items that do not belong to you would be an offence that could lead to charges. Coquitlam RCMP wants to remind you that investigators will be carefully reviewing every claim.

Horyn is currently facing 8 counts of break and enter, Section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code. Horyn is scheduled for trial in August and September of 2020 at New Westminster Supreme Court

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

$25,000 CASH PLUS DRUGS SEIZED

Month and a half month investigation 

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

llicit drugs and cash have been seized from a Whalley residence following an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit.  

 

The seizure is the result of an investigation which began on March 5, 2020, by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU). CRU was on a pro-active patrol in Whalley when they observed suspicious activity consistent with drug trafficking at a residence located in the 11400-block of 124 Street. 

 

The investigation led to the execution of a search warrant on April 22, 2020 and as a result police seized plastic packages containing suspected fentanyl, hard-pressed pills, and methamphetamine. Police also located and seized approximately $25,541 in cash.

 

A man and woman were detained at the residence and released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.

 

“The illicit drug trade is a significant driver of crime in our community,” says Staff Sergeant Mike Deneumoustier.  “We will continue to pro-actively investigate illegal drug activity in our community to reduce crime and keep Surrey safe.”  

 

If you suspect drug activity in your neighborhood please call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 

 

  SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

 

UPDATE: BODY FOUND

Missing man mystery solved 

SGT KRISTA VROLYK

 

he body of the man who was reported missing on Thursday in Chilliwack has been located.  Criminality is not suspected in his death. The BC Coroners Service is now investigating.

 

The RCMP would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in locating him.

 

We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.          

 

  TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

 

ARMED AND MISSING

Police searching Chilliwack River Valley for man 

SGT KRISTA VROLYK

CMP are currently responding to an unfolding police incident at the south end of Columbia Valley.  RCMP are asking the public to avoid the area, exercise caution and call 9-1-1 immediately if they observe a grey Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a canopy bearing British Columbia licence plate “PA558R”. 

The individual associated to this vehicle is known to be in possession of firearms and his intention is unknown at this time.  Police are concerned for his well-being.

 

  TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

"THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH"

Pair of ne'er-do-wells caught stealing mail and parcels 

SGT JUDY BIRD

esterday at 5:43 am, Abbotsford Police Patrol officers were alerted to a suspicious person in the 5900-block of Mt Lehman Road.  As police were driving to the area, another call was received of a possible break and enter occurring at the Canada Post Office at 5855 Mt Lehman Road. 

A black Mercedes was observed driving away from that area and fled when officers attempted to pull the vehicle over. A spike belt was successfully deployed, and the vehicle was later located abandoned.  The driver fled on foot but was apprehended a short distance away with the assistance of a Lower Mainland Integrated Police Service Dog.

A short time later, a second vehicle suspected of being involved in this incident was located, and the driver taken into custody.

One of the suspect vehicles was found to contain all the stolen mail and parcels; all the stolen mail was returned to Canada Post.  The damage to the Canada Post location was extensive. 

Two people, a 25-year-old female and a 38-year-old male, are facing numerous charges including break and enter, possession of break and enter tools, theft of mail, obstruction, and breach of probation.

The Abbotsford Police thank the quick-thinking citizen who called in the suspect vehicle; and remind everyone to report suspicious activity.

 

  TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

SNOWBOARDING EQUIPMENT FOUND 

Cops looking for owner

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

urrey RCMP is looking to return lost or stolen snowboarding equipment to its owner.

 

On March 3, 2020, a member of the public attended the Surrey RCMP detachment after finding a bag containing snowboarding equipment.  Surrey RCMP took the items for safekeeping in hopes that the owner would come forward to claim the property however, the items have yet to be claimed. 

 

We are asking anyone that has recently lost snowboarding equipment to contact Surrey RCMP.  Anyone coming forward to claim the equipment will be asked to provide detailed descriptions or photos of the items to confirm ownership. Please see the attached photo of the bag the equipment was found in.

 

“We are pleased to see the equipment was turned in to police and hope to find the owner of the property,” said Corporal Joanie Sidhu. “The equipment collectively is of high value so it would be great to return it to its owner.”

 

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

 

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 

llOC RCMP

SPUZZUM WOMAN MISSING 

Police found her vehicle with man

DAWN ROBERTS, RCMP

 

n Thursday April 16th the Hope RCMP sought the public’s assistance in the missing person’s investigation of April Parisian from Spuzzum, BC.

Later that evening, police were notified about a truck and camper registered to the missing person near the Abbotsford – Chilliwack border on Vye Road and attended the location. Upon arrival they attempted to speak with a male inside the camper. After a short dialogue, they ultimately located the man inside with what is believed to be a self inflicted wound. The police officers called EHS and provided medical assistance, but the man later died.

As the sudden death occurred while police were present, the IIO BC has been notified and is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death.

As the death occurred within Abbotsford, the Abbotsford Police Department were also notified and they are conducting the sudden death investigation along with the BC Coroners Service.

The original missing person’s investigation remains active and given the recent events the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called in to lead the investigation. While April’s vehicle has been located her whereabouts is still unknown.

 

Anyone with any information about the disappearance of April 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, APRIL 17, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

ARMED THIEF SOUGHT

Man suspect in 8 robberies

SGT PETER DEVRIES

orth Vancouver RCMP are warning the public about a string of knifepoint robberies, and are seeking assistance in identifying the person responsible.

Police believe the suspect, who is described as light-skinned, in his early- to mid-twenties, and around 5’5 to 5’10 tall, may be responsible for 8 robberies between April 3 and April 11. He wears a mask over the lower half of his face and a hood over his head, presents a knife, demands cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and then leaves on foot, said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP, who noted that the similar M.O. leads investigators to believe the same suspect may be responsible for all eight crimes. He seems to be targeting gas stations, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants, so we’re warning those businesses in particular.

Five of these robberies happened within the first three days, he said. As soon as our crime analysts alerted us to the recurring pattern, we mobilized resources and set in motion various strategies to identify and hopefully capture him. After those first couple of days, said DeVries, the frequency began to taper off. Investigators hoped this was due to stepped up uniform patrols and follow up investigations. He slowed down, but it appears he’s not stopping. That’s why today we’re warning local businesses, and asking for the community’s help to identify him. Keeping the community safe is our first priority.

The most recent robbery happened on April 11, at a fast food restaurant in Lower Lonsdale. North Vancouver is a tight-knit community, said DeVries. People here look out for one another, so we feel confident that working together we will be able to stop him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Crime Unit at 604-985-1311. Anyone who is a victim of a robbery is asked to immediately call 911.

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

WOMAN COUGHS UP CHARGES

Denied extra tissue at store

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

Coquitlam woman is facing criminal charges after allegedly coughing at a grocery clerk who would not let her buy extra tissues.

Coquitlam RCMP were called on April 13, 2020, at about 1:45 p.m., by a grocery store employee in the 1400 block of Parkway Boulevard, Coquitlam, who said an irate customer had deliberately coughed onto a grocery store clerk. The suspect was allegedly angry that the clerk had not allowed her to purchase more than the store’s maximum amount of tissue paper.

This is a great example of why we need to keep perspective, take a breath, and treat essential workers like grocery store clerks with the respect they deserve, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Whether you deliberately cough on police, hospital workers, or grocery clerks, abuse or assaults against essential workers will not be tolerated.

Shortly after speaking to witnesses and reviewing video of the alleged assault, Coquitlam RCMP arrested a 25-year-old Coquitlam woman at her home.

The suspect has no significant history with police. She has been released on an Appearance Notice which compels her to appear in court on July 13, 2020.

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 

SICAMOUS RCMP

 

COP AND SUSPECT INJURED

IHIT investigates incident

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

CMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Sicamous which has resulted in injuries to one man and one officer.

Just before noon on April 14, 2020 Sicamous RCMP received a report of a suspicious person on a forest service road located near Sicamous off Highway 97A. The description of the vehicle led officers to believe the suspicious person was a man known to have outstanding arrest warrants and to have failed to stop for police previously. Sicamous RCMP requested assistance from RCMP officers in neighbouring detachments including Salmon Arm and Revelstoke.

Officers located the man and made unsuccessful attempts to stop his vehicle. The man was located after his vehicle had been involved in a collision. During the course of taking the man into custody, there was interaction between an officer and the man, both of whom were injured. The man and an RCMP officer were transported to, and treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries and have since been released. The officer is recovering at home, while the man remains in police custody.

Sicamous RCMP officers are continuing to investigate the new Criminal Code and driving infractions, while IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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.

 

  TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SHOOTING DEATH RANDOM

Victim and suspect didn't know each other

SGT FRANK JANG

 

Background:  On April 7, 2020, at 12:43 a.m., 21-year-old Pritpal Singh was found fatally shot on the front lawn of a residence in the 8800-block of 138A Street in Surrey, B.C.  IHIT was called in to take over the case and investigators were able to quickly identify a suspect. 

 

n April 13, 2020, IHIT investigators along with Surrey RCMP officers and members of the Lower Mainland District’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) arrested 26-year-old Robert Tomljenovic for the murder of Pritpal Singh.

 

On April 14, 2020, Tomljenovic was charged with second degree murder and robbery with a firearm by the BC Prosecution Service.  He will make his next court appearance on April 17, 2020.

 

At the very onset of the investigation, available information at the time suggested that the shooting was a targeted incident.  Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that Tomljenovic and Singh did not know each other and investigators now believe this was a random incident.       

 

“IHIT investigators and our partners from the Surrey RCMP worked relentlessly around the clock since day one to advance the investigation of Pritpal’s murder,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “It is incredibly satisfying to witness the sacrifices and good old-fashioned police work on the part of our investigators culminating in charge approval. The work is not yet done, however, as our file coordination team will be busy compiling final disclosure packages for court.”

 

 

  SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020 

KOOTENAY RCMP

 

FIRE CLAIMS VICTIM

Mounties reach out to the community for info

S/SGT RCMP 'C' Watch Commander

 

ire investigators with both the RCMP and the Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire Services are examining the scene and the circumstances surrounding a fatal house fire in Balfour.

On April 8, 2020, shortly after 5 a.m., Nelson RCMP were notified of a structure fire at a home in the 6100-block of Sykes Road in Balfour B.C. Fire fighters of the Balfour Harrop Fire Department discovered human remains inside the home during a search of the structure following the blaze.

Although an exact cause of the fire is not yet known, investigators are treating the blaze as suspicious in nature at this time, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. Efforts remain underway to confirm the identity of the individual whose remains were found inside the home.

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit (MCU) has assumed conduct of the ongoing police investigation, assisted by the Southeast District General Investigation Section (GIS), the RCMP Central Kootenay Forensic Identification Services (FIS) and the Nelson RCMP.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating.

If you witnessed this incident, or have any additional information and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Southeast District Major Crime Unit information line at 1-877-987-8477.

 

  SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

GUN ON THE STREET

Suspect still on the loose

S/SGT RCMP 'C' Watch Commander

 

n April 9th, 2020, at 5:37 pm, police responded to a residence in the 9600 block of 137 Street after receiving a report of a male possibly in possession of a firearm. Attending officers were able to locate the male who was subsequently taken into custody without incident. 


The area around the residence may remain closed off for some time as the investigation continues.


While this investigation is still in its early stages initial indications are that this incident stems from an on-going dispute between parties known to one another.


Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-53039.

 

 

  SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

MAN SHOT DEAD

Police say no gang affiliation

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its ongoing investigation of the homicide of Pritpal Singh in Surrey, B.C.

 

On April 7, 2020 at 12:43 a.m., 21-year-old Pritpal Singh was shot and killed outside a residence in the 8800-block of 138A Street in Surrey, B.C. 

 

IHIT continues to work with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

 

Investigators are working to determine motive.  This incident is not believed to be related to the ongoing Lower Mainland 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, APRIL 12, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

ANNIE OAKLEY DOESN'T GET AWAY

Woman arrested for attempted

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

n April 8, 2020 at 9:42 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report of an attempted armed robbery of a business in the 1100-block of Bay Avenue in Trail B.C. RCMP learned that a lone female suspect entered into the business, displayed a firearm and demanded money from an employee.

The suspect fled the business after the employee advised the woman that cash was no longer kept on site, due to the current health pandemic, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. Fortunately no one was injured as a result of this incident.

RCMP officers responding to the priority call apprehended a woman, who matched the physical description of the suspect, near the Victoria Street Bridge located approximately two blocks from the scene. The woman was found in possession of an imitation firearm.

The 24-year-old Trail woman now faces potential charges. She was later released on strict conditions.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Trail and Greater District RCMP at 250-364-2566.

 

  SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020 

CASTLEGAR RCMP

 

ROBBERY SUSPECTS STEAL JEEP

Police on the hunt for man and woman

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

n April 8, 2020 just before 4 a.m., Castlegar RCMP received a report of a violent break and enter to a residence located in the 2600-block of 5th Avenue. The criminal investigation remains in the early stages, however police have learned that as many as three unknown male suspects gained entry into the private residence and confronted the occupants, a man and a woman, who had been asleep inside.

The suspects, who used measures to conceal their identity, were reportedly armed with various weapons. Once inside the suspects allegedly assaulted, and demanded money from the residents, while taking steps to physically restrain them.

All suspects reportedly fled in a red 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUV, bearing British Columbia licence plates JB883N, which belonged to one of the victims.

One of the victims managed to escape to a neighbouring residence to call 911 for help, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. Preliminary findings suggest that the incident was targeted in nature, therefore RCMP do not believe the general public is at any risk.

RCMP continue to search for the stolen vehicle. If spotted, police caution the public not to approach the vehicle, or any of its occupants and call 911 immediately.

Anyone with any additional information is urged to contact the Castelgar RCMP at 250-365-7721. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

THOUSANDS OF PHONES RECOVERED

Facebook Market Place the target of sellers

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

 

pproximately $14,000 worth of stolen cell phones have been recovered as a result of an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team.

 

The investigation began on March 24, 2020, after a local business owner reported that 25 cell phones were stolen from his vehicle.  On April 1, 2020, police received information that the stolen cell phones were being sold on Facebook Marketplace.

 

Further investigation culminated in the execution of a pair of search warrants: one at a local hotel, and the other for a vehicle. As a result, officers subsequently recovered 14 of the stolen cell phones. 

 

Two suspects were detained at the hotel and have been released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.

 

“Although we successfully recovered 14 of the phones, it’s unfortunate that at this point the business owner is at a loss for the remaining 11 phones,” said Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins. “There are individuals who seek to take advantage of unattended valuables. We’re reminding everyone to deter these types of thefts by not keeping any valuables in your vehicles.”

 

The Surrey RCMP always welcomes tips from the public regarding any suspicious or criminal activity. To make a report, you can reach us at 604-599-0502. You can also contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2020 

VERNON RCMP

 

CRIME UNIT INVESTIGATES DEATH

Lumby 8-year-old boy dies later in hospital

CPL DENNIS HWANG

he RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of an 8-year-old boy, who passed away at Kelowna General Hospital on April 5, 2020.

On the afternoon of April 4, 2020, Vernon North Okanagan Rural RCMP were called to assist BC Emergency Health Services at an address in the Lumby area. The child was flown by BC air ambulance to Kelowna that evening and pronounced deceased during the early morning hours of Sunday April 5, 2020.

To respect the privacy of the deceased the boy’s name will not be released. The RCMP and the BC Coroners Service have no further information for release at this time.

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

THIEF COUGHED ON COPS

Suspect faces charges including assaulting officer

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

n April 6, 2020, the Coquitlam RCMP Prolific Target Team (PTT) arrested Tyson Helgason less than one hour after a break-in to a home in the 2500-block Ashurst Avenue, Coquitlam.

We strive to be respectful even during an arrest, and with the new reality of Covid-19, we ask everyone that we’re speaking with if they feel sick or have any symptoms, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.

In this case, the suspect confirmed with police that he was sick when asked. Despite being told not to face police, he allegedly turned his head towards three officers and purposefully coughed in their faces.

Helgason has been charged with the following, including an additional charge for an unrelated theft:

• Break and enter, section 348 of the Criminal Code

• Assaulting a police officer, section 270(1) of the Criminal Code

• Theft Under $5000, section 322 of the Criminal Code

The elderly couple that was victimized was home at the time of the alleged break and enter.  They were not initially aware that a crime had taken place. Police were able to recover and return their jewellery and small amount of cash.

Helgason has been remanded in custody. His next court appearance will be on April 15, 2020.

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

DETERMINED THIEF EVENTUALLY GETS IN

Basement residents escape confrontation

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

n March 6, 2020, at approximately 7:56 pm Richmond RCMP responded to an alleged home invasion in the 9100-block of No 1 Rd.

An unidentified male suspect allegedly attempted to gain entry to the residence through the front door but was unsuccessful. The suspect eventually gained entry to the main residence through an adjoining basement suite.

The suite was occupied at the time and the occupants were able to flee unharmed.

When officers arrived the suspect had already fled the scene.

The suspect is described as:

• South Asian or Middle Eastern

• Dark hair

• 173 cm (5’8”) – 183 cm (6’ 0”) tall

The suspect was wearing:

• Black hoodie

• Black pants

• Bandana around his face

• Gloves

Officers obtained video surveillance of the suspect and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the male. 

This incident appears to be targeted.

Richmond RCMP Watch General Investigation Unit has conduct of this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca and quote File number 2020-7181. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2020 

SICAMOUS RCMP

 

A GROWING DEMAND

Shot fired during medical pot operation

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

icamous RCMP continue to investigate an early morning armed robbery of a marijuana growing facility.

On April 7, 2020, shortly before 4 a.m., RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery at a licenced medical marijuana grow operation in the Sicamous area. A representative of the growing facility attended the location after receiving a notification of an alarm at the premises.

Once on scene the property representative encountered suspects armed with firearms. A shot was allegedly fired towards the property representative during an ensuing confrontation.

The victim was uninjured during the incident. The suspects fled from the scene in a motor vehicle which was later spotted abandoned in the Enderby area by North Okanagan Rural RCMP. A search of the area surrounding the suspect vehicle, was supported by the Southeast District Emergency Response Team and resulted in the arrest of a man.

The criminal investigation into the violent break-in remains ongoing led by the Sicamous RCMP, being supported by North Okanagan Rural RCMP. Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

HUGGING BANDIT

Mounties seek Distraction thief

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is investigating a distraction theft and asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect.

 

On March 4, 2020, a man reported that he was approached by the suspect in a parking lot in the area of 88 Avenue and 152 Street in Surrey. The suspect offered to trade some jewelry for the necklace that the man was wearing. When the man declined to trade, the suspect removed the man’s necklace by giving him a hug.  As bystanders who were in the area approached, the suspect dropped the necklace and left the area in a silver Honda Civic.

 

Investigators are releasing a photo of the suspect and asking anyone with information that could help identify him to call Surrey RCMP. He is described as a South Asian male, about 6’ tall, with a medium build (see attached photo).

 

Across the Lower Mainland similar distraction techniques such as offering to exchange jewelry, have been used to steal valuables from victims. Surrey RCMP is reminding the public to be vigilant and to report  suspicious activity.

 

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

 

 

  MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

MAN IN SERIOUS CONDITION AFTER BEING STABBED

Woman in jail charged with aggravated assault

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

his morning, just after 1 am, Emergency Services were called to the 2700-block of Fairlane St for a report that a 25-year-old male had been stabbed. The male has been transported to hospital where he has been admitted for serious injuries. AbbyPD have arrested a 24-year-old female for aggravated assault and she remains in police custody.  The male and female are known to one another in an intimate partner relationship.


Major Crime Detectives and the Forensic Identification Section are continuing to investigate this incident. 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).

 

  MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 

IHIT

 

WOMAN CHARGED IN SISTER'S DEATH

Tracy Chen to appear in court April 6

SGT FRANK JANG

 

n March 10, 2020 at 6:16 a.m., a woman’s body was found in Coquitlam’s Minnekhada Regional Park. Pen Jung Tracy Chen was arrested at the scene and later charged with indignity to a dead body. She has been in custody since her arrest.   

 

IHIT has worked tirelessly to gather evidence and advance the investigation since its onset.  An autopsy was completed and the victim was definitively identified as Tracy Chen’s sister, Pen Yun Ivy Chen. 

 

Investigators forwarded a comprehensive disclosure package for charge approval consideration and on April 3, 2020, Tracy Chen was charged with first degree murder in the death of Ivy Chen by the BC Prosecution Service.  Tracy Chen will make her next court appearance on April 6, 2020. 

 

“In spite of the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our investigators pushed forward and got the job done,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “IHIT operations continue without disruption and the resolve of our investigators remains strong as demonstrated by the positive outcome in this case.” 

 

 

  MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 

IHIT

 

SON CHARGED IN MOTHER'S DEATH

IHIT continues to put the pieces together

SGT FRANK JANG

 

charge of second degree murder has been laid in connection with the homicide of Barbara Waite.

Squamish:  On April 1, 2020 at 11:40 p.m., the Sea to Sky RCMP responded to the residence of 64-year-old Barbara Waite in the 40000-block of Government Road in Squamish, B.C. after a family member reported finding a body inside the home. Officers determined that the victim, later confirmed to be Ms. Waite, had met with foul play and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in.

A short time after the report came in to the Sea to Sky RCMP, Ms. Waite’s 21-year-old son, Ryan Grantham, was taken into custody in Vancouver by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) in relation to her death.  He was later charged with second degree murder by the BC Prosecution Service.   

The investigation is still in its infancy and IHIT investigators are actively completing priority tasks and collecting further evidence with the assistance of the Sea to Sky RCMP, the VPD, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroners Service. 

Grantham will make his next appearance in B.C. Provincial Court (Vancouver) on April 9, 2020.    

“Investigators faced a dynamic and challenging situation at the onset of the investigation, which required clear inter-agency communication and coordination,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “IHIT is grateful for the efforts of the Sea to Sky RCMP and the VPD for laying the groundwork for the investigation.”    

“We are grateful for the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department and the hard work of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team alongside our investigators,” says Sergeant Sascha Banks, Media Relations Officer for the Sea to Sky RCMP. “It has been a tough few months for the community of Squamish and today is one of those days where we will need to come together to support each other and the family and friends of Barbara Waite.”

 

 

  SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD CORRECTIONAL SERVICE

 

ELDERLY CONVICT DIES IN PRISON

89-year-old man was jailed for gross indecency

Canada Corrections

n April 2, 2020, George Leslie Arthur Sedgwick, an inmate from Pacific Institution died while in our custody of apparent natural causes.

At the time of his death, Mr. Sedgwick, 89 years old, had been serving an indeterminate sentence for indecent assault male and acts of gross indecency since March 11, 1969.

As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) will review the circumstances. CSC policy requires that the police and the coroner be notified.

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD

 

YOUNG TROUBLEMAKER GETS SPRAYED WITH GAS

Victim at pumps used bear spray on assailant

SGT JUDY BIRD

esterday afternoon at 5:26 pm, Abbotsford Police Patrol officers responded to the 28000-block of Fraser Highway in response to a report that a male had threatened a gas station patron with a knife.

While standing at the gas pumps, the 56-year-old victim was approached by the suspect. The suspect, who was not known to the victim, was acting erratically and taunted the victim to engage in an unprovoked fight. The victim sprayed the suspect with gasoline and told him to keep away. The suspect left the area but quickly returned with a knife, which he then threw at the victim. Luckily, the victim was unharmed.  The suspect then fled on foot. 

Officers arrived in the area and were able to locate and arrest the suspect.

The suspect, identified as an 18-year-old Abbotsford man, is facing new charges of assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and breaching his current court conditions. 

Names cannot be released until charges have been sworn.

 

  THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2020 

IIOC RCMP

 

COPS GET OFF HOSTAGE SHOOTINGS

Hostage killed by ERT sharpshooters, no word on how many shots were actually fired, or who gave the command to shoot

BC RCMP

 

his morning the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) issued a report clearing Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (LMD ERT) members of wrongdoing in a March 29, 2019 incident where officers responded to a report of a hostage-taking.

 

The male hostage-taker was fatally shot by LMD ERT, and the woman hostage was critically injured and died of her injuries.
 

Through the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) investigation we later learned that the injuries that the woman sustained were a result of police gun fire.
 

On behalf of the BC RCMP, and in particular, the LMD ERT members, I would also like to extend our sincere condolences to the woman’s family. From the day this incident took place, our thoughts have been with them as they have suffered an unimaginable loss.

 

 

  THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN RACKED UP ALMOST HALF A MILLION ON STOLEN CREDIT CARDS

Gagandeep Dillion faces 28 charges

ELENORE STURKO

 

harges have been laid in relation to a multi-jurisdictional fraud investigation that involved numerous victims and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of fraudulent credit card transactions.

 

This investigation by the Surrey RCMP Economic Crimes Unit was initiated on June 28, 2017. Surrey RCMP received a report from a local business that they believed their customers’ credit card data had been compromised. Some of the information that was received indicated that multiple fraudulent credit card transactions had been made using stolen data from multiple credit cards. Numerous victims were impacted.

 

As the investigation progressed, the incidents of fraud in Surrey were connected to similar incidents in Richmond, where further transactions were completed using compromised credit card data. In total, more $458,000 in fraudulent credit card transactions were completed in Surrey and Richmond.

 

On March 26, 2020, 31-year-old Gagandeep Dhillon, from Surrey was charged with 28 counts of fraud related offences.

“This was a complex file given the volume of transactions and data which had to be investigated,” said Inspector Beth McAndie of the Surrey RCMP. “Dealing with multiple transactions in different jurisdictions, also increased the complexity. We are very pleased to be bringing this investigation to the next step and entering the court process.”

 

If you have been the victim of credit card fraud Surrey RCMP is recommending you do the following:
 

Contact your bank or credit card companies to inform them

Contact credit bureaus and have fraud alerts placed on your credit reports

Notify police and record your police file number

Report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or 1-888-495-8501

 

For more information on frauds and scams please visit our Surrey RCMP Website.

 

 

  MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 

LANGLEY RCMP

 

RCMP TRY TO SAVE SUICIDAL MAN

Youngster not buckled in

DAWN ROBERTS, BC RCMP

 

CMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Langley which has resulted in injuries to one man.
 
On March 24, 2020 just before noon the Langley RCMP received a complaint of a man on an overpass.
 
RCMP officers arrived at the scene and began speaking with the man. The officers began to fear for the man’s safety and attempted to grab him to remove him from the edge. Despite the efforts of the members the man fell.
 
The attending officers began medical treatment and called Emergency Health Services. He was transported to hospital where it was later determined he has serious injuries.
 
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 its website at www.iiobc.ca

 

  MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

MOM CAUGHT DRIVING DRUNK WITH CHILD IN CAR

Youngster not buckled in

SGT JUDY BIRD, APD

 

ast Wednesday at approximately 11 pm, AbbyPD officers responded to a report of a minivan driving at a high rate of speed through red lights.

 

AbbyPD officers a initiated traffic stop on Walker Crescent, in central Abbotsford, after observing the vehicle driving on its’ tire rims.  Officers conducted a roadside breath test that the female driver failed.

 

A 24-year-old Abbotsford woman was arrested and charges for impaired operation of a vehicle have been recommended. 

 

Officers located the woman’s 5-year-old child who was unsecured in a booster seat in the backseat of the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop; and left in the care of their father.

 

 

  SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

DRUNK DUMP TRUCK DRIVER

Man receives Immediate Roadside Prohibition, no word if further charges pending

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

he driver of a dump truck has received a 3-day IRP as a result of a traffic stop in the Cloverdale area.

 

On March 13, 2020, at 8:30 pm, a Surrey RCMP Traffic Unit officer pulled over a dump truck in the 5900-block of 176A Street to conduct a sobriety check after observing some concerning driver behaviour. The driver, a 60 year-old Surrey man, was found to be impaired, and was issued a 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition from driving. The truck was impounded for three days.

 

This incident comes two weeks after a semi-truck driver was found to be impaired, and only three weeks since a commercial vehicle enforcement blitz where numerous vehicle deficiencies were identified.

 

“Our officers regularly inspect commercial vehicles to ensure that they are road-worthy and that the drivers are complying with the Motor Vehicle Act,” says Sergeant David Chu, Surrey RCMP. “Impaired drivers are a threat to the safety of every road user and our officers will continue to remove those who choose to put the public at risk on our roads.”

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

GIRL APPROACHED BY MAN IN CAR

Older model work van involved

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man involved in a suspicious circumstance in the South Surrey area.

 

On March 4, 2020, police responded to a report of a suspicious circumstance in the 13300-block of 18A Avenue in South Surrey. Shortly before 5:00 pm, a 12-year-old girl was approached by a man in blue ‘work’ van as she walked down 18A Avenue. The man asked the girl if she needed a ride. The girl ran away and reported the incident.

 

Investigators are now seeking assistance from the public to identify the driver of the van and are releasing a composite sketch of him. He is described as a Caucasian man, 40 years-old, with a short brown full beard, and brown hair.

 

The vehicle in this incident is described as older-model work van. The colour is described as blue, with dark blue at the top and gradient shades of lighter blue towards the bottom. It has tinted windows and two bumper stickers on the rear window – one is a 4”-circumference black-and-white circular sticker with a skull in the center; the second is a 4”-wide hand making the ‘sign of the horns’ or ‘rock-and-roll’ gesture. The vehicle also had a yellow tree-shaped air freshener and a round ‘peace’ symbol hanging from the rear-view mirror.

 

“Surrey RCMP takes all reports of this nature seriously and work closely with youth and their families to ensure their safety,” says Constable Richard Wright, Surrey RCMP. “We would like to identify this man and speak with him regarding the incident.”

 

Anyone with information is asked 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, quoting file number 2020-33972.

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

MAN CONFRONTS BOY IN PARK

Police want to hear from man regarding incident

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

oquitlam RCMP is asking for your help identifying a man who was involved in a confrontation with a boy in Victoria Park. Police want to hear the man’s side of the story, and until they do, it’s important that people avoid drawing conclusions based on early, incomplete information.

In almost every emergency, the facts that were initially reported can change dramatically as the investigation progresses, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Many similar confrontations are initially reported as stranger abductions, yet confirmed cases are extremely rare. It’s important that people avoid drawing conclusions based on early reports they read on social media.

So far, police have established that on March 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., a confrontation occurred between a 9-year-old boy and an older man on the north side of Victoria Park, 3435 Victoria Drive, Coquitlam.

The man is described as:

• A Caucasian man who may be in his fifties,

• Short brown hair with a brown beard,

• Possibly wearing blue jeans and a black denim vest or jacket,

• Driving a newer model silver sedan or coupe.

The weather was sunny and the park was very busy, so police are hoping that someone who saw the man, or the man himself, will call police and explain what happened.

It’s completely understandable that people are concerned, and police take these reports very seriously, but it’s important that everyone remain calm, says Corporal McLaughlin. Our Major Crime Unit has been assigned. Their number one priority is public safety and if there is any further risk to the public, we’ll let you know right away.

If you saw what happened, or you’re the man who was involved and want to tell your side of the story, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask to speak to the Major Crime Unit (file 2020-7193).

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

WEAPONS, DRUGS, CASH CONFISCATED

Drugs Unit searches three homes simultaneously

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

Seized drugs money and weapons from Pinewood Crescent ust.

 

urrey RCMP is informing the public of three search warrants for residences that have led to seizures of drugs and firearms.

 

On March 12, 2020, Surrey RCMP Drugs Unit, with the assistance of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team, Community Response Unit, the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, and Criminal Investigative Services, searched three residences in relation to ongoing investigations into drug trafficking.

 

Two associated residences were searched, one in the 16300-block of 28 Avenue in South Surrey, and the second in the 7000-block of 131 Street in Newton. Four suspects were identified and released pending further investigation.

 

 

 

During the search of these residences, investigators seized:

•  $8000 CAD

12-gauge shotgun with ammunition

Tactical vests

Suspected Fentanyl, heroin, crack cocaine, Oxycontin, and methamphetamines

Various cutting agents

A money counter

Packaging material, believed to be for street sale of drugs

Multiple cell phones

On the same day, investigators searched a third residence in the 12500-block of Pinewood Crescent as a part of an ongoing project targeting drug trafficking and property crime in the Whalley/City Centre area. Six further suspects were identified and released pending further investigation.

 

During this search, investigators seized:

Three firearms with ammunition

Suspected methamphetamines and Fentanyl

Soft body armour

Approximately $3000 CAD

 “The illicit drug trade brings with it the possibility of violent acts within our community,” says Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins, Surrey RCMP. “We acknowledge the invaluable role that information received from the public played in enabling these seizures, and encourage everyone to keep on reporting suspicious activity in their neighbourhood as we all have our responsibility when it comes to safety.”

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SEX ASSAULTER SOUGHT

RCMP attempt to ID kissing bandit

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a sexual assault suspect from an incident in the Guildford area.

 

On December 13, 2019, police responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault outside of Guildford Library, during which a man attempted to give an unsolicited kiss to a woman. The victim was not harmed during the incident. Investigators have now been provided CCTV footage of the suspect and are looking to identify the man.

 

The suspect is described as a 35-40 year-old Caucasian man, slim build, and 5’8”-5’10” tall. He was last seen wearing a red/green toque and a grey jacket with yellow stripes down the sleeves. Investigators believe that this man may be homeless (see attached photo).

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

BC CORONER'S SERVICE

 

FOUND BODY A MYSTERY

Police seek to identify

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

 

he White Rock RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating a report of a found body on White Rock beach Monday morning.  

 

On March 16, 2020 at approximately 10:15 a.m., a kayaker located the body of an adult male on the beach south of Vidal Street.  The White Rock RCMP is attempting to confirm the identity of man and are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death. Early indications are there is no risk to the public.

 

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating the man’s sudden death, in an effort to determine how, where, when and by what means the man died. Due to the privacy of the deceased, his name will not be released.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

IHIT COQUITLAM

WANTED: IVY CHEN

Sister of found body sought

CST HARRISON MOHR

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to assist its ongoing investigation into a suspicious death in Coquitlam, B.C.

 

On March 10, 2020, at approximately 6:15 a.m., a body was discovered in the 4000-block of Quarry Road in Coquitlam’s Minnekhada Regional Park.  Pen Jung Tracy Chen was arrested at the scene and later charged with indignity to a dead body.

 

Investigators continue to work to positively identify the deceased victim.  During the initial phases of the investigation, IHIT learned that 36-year-old Pen Yun Ivy Chen of Port Coquitlam was a person of importance to the case and her current whereabouts is unknown.  Ivy Chen is the sister of Tracy Chen, who has been charged in this investigation.  Ms. Ivy Chen was last seen at the Canadian Tire at 2830 Bentall Street in Vancouver on March 6, 2020.     

 

“While we are unable to confirm if Ms. Ivy Chen was the victim in this case, we are interested in speaking with anyone who has had recent contact with her or has any information about her whereabouts,” 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, MARCH 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SHOTS FIRED INTO BUSINESS

Mounties reach out to community for tips

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is investigating an incident where shots were fired into a business in Guildford.

At approximately 12:15 am, on March 11, 2020, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of possible shots fired in the area of the 10300-block of 152 Street. Patrols in the area at that time did not yield any evidence of a shooting.

This morning, March 11, 2020, at approximately 11:20 am, employees of a business in the area of 10300-block of 150 Street, reported that there were indications that shots had been fired into their unoccupied business overnight. Police attended and confirmed shots had been fired. Police have not found any evidence indicating anyone was injured in this occurrence.

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit is investigating and is asking anyone with information about this incident call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or
www.solvecrime.ca
.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ASSAULT SUSPECT SOUGHT

Man injured with a weapon not life-threatening

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP are requesting the assistance of the public to identify a suspect in alleged assault with a weapon which occurred earlier this year.

 

On January 2, 2020, Surrey RCMP officers responded after receiving a report from Emergency Health Services of an injured man in the 11700-block of 97A Avenue. Police attended and located a 22-year-old man who has been a victim of an assault with a weapon. The 22-year-old man was transported to hospital and treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

 

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIU) assumed conduct, and have been making progress in this investigation. Investigators believe that this incident occurred between individuals associated to one another, and was not a random attack.

 

To further advance their investigation, GIU investigators are releasing a photo of a suspect in this incident and are asking for public assistance to identify him. The suspect is described as a South Asian male who may go by the name ‘Raman’.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

ABBY COPS RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED

Man barricades himself in for an hour

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n Monday, March 9th at 8:22pm, Abbotsford Police Patrol officers were called to the 32000-block of Clinton Avenue for a report of “Shots Fired”. Witnesses reported hearing a loud “bang” and observed smoke coming from the residence’s window. 

Upon police arrival, officers observed bullet holes on the exterior of the building.  It appeared that the holes originated from within the residence.  Officers contained the home and initiated a dialogue with a male resident who appeared to be in mental distress. After an hour of dialogue, the 23-year-old male surrendered to police without incident; from there he was taken to hospital for medical assessment and subsequently released into police custody. 

The male will appear in court this afternoon facing numerous firearm-related charges.  

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

BOLO PROGRAM AIDS IN SEARCH FOR WANTED MAN

$50,000 reward for arrest of Meaz Nur-Eldin

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he world became a bit smaller for Meaz Nour-Eldin as Surrey RCMP announced its collaboration with the Bolo Program today. The hunt to locate and arrest Meaz Nour-Eldin on a Canada Wide warrant for kidnapping has been intensified as people from all over the country will now ‘be on the lookout’ for him, ready to claim the $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture. 

 

These charges stem from an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit which began on July 4, 2019.  At approximately 7:30 that morning, police received a report of the alleged kidnapping of an adult male victim from Surrey. The victim was subsequently located the morning of July 5, 2019, and taken to the hospital for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

As a result of the investigation police identified 4 suspects and charges of kidnapping, unlawful confinement, aggravated assault, robbery, and firearms offences were laid on July 25, 2019.  

 

Three of those suspects have been arrested. A Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of Meaz Nour-Eldin was issued on July 29, 2019.

 

In addition to the charges Meaz Nour-Eldin is facing in Surrey, he is also wanted on further provincial warrants in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario related to drug trafficking, human trafficking, and sexual assault.

 

Since July, members of the Surrey RCMP have worked diligently to locate Meaz Nour-Eldin, gathering information here in the Lower Mainland and with the assistance of policing partners across Canada.  We remain committed to locating him safely and facilitating his entry into the court process.

 

Surrey RCMP has a track record of success in identifying and locating individuals as a result of making public appeals for assistance. Metro Vancouver residents have helped time and again, to bring criminals to justice by responding to our reports in the media and over social media. Today we are elevating and amplifying our public audience by collaborating with the Bolo Program who will bring nationwide attention to our hunt for Meaz Nour-Eldin. As always we are asking anyone with information to help us locate him to please contact Surrey RCMP. – This time when you help us, you may be eligible to receive a $50,000 reward.

 

Surrey RCMP is not looking for witnesses or people to testify; this case is ready to go to trial. We’re just looking for the location of Meaz Nour-Eldin, so he can be apprehended and face justice.

 

“This is a message for Meaz Nour-Eldin: there’s nowhere to go and we will apprehend you sooner or later. So just do the right thing: call a lawyer, and turn yourself in. To the relatives, friends and associates of Nour-Eldin, I want to remind that you may faces charges for accessory after the fact if you assist Nour-Eldin in evading arrest.” said Inspector Cliff Chastellaine, Surrey RCMP Major Crime Unit.

 

Keep in mind that the public must take no action to apprehend Meaz Nour-Eldin. Anyone who sees him on the street is asked to call 911 immediately.

If you want to speak with police investigators, call us at 604-599-0502.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers. To be eligible for the $50,000 reward, please report your sightings / tips to 911, Surrey RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

 

For more information on Bolo Program please visit their website

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

BODY FOUND IN POCO

IHIT investigated, woman arrested charged with indignity to a dead body

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

Update

charge of indignity to a dead body has been laid with respect to a suspicious death investigation in Coquitlam.

 

On March 10, 2020 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Coquitlam emergency responders were called to the 4000-block of Quarry Road in Minnekhada Regional Park for a suspicious fire where they came across a body.  Pen Jung Tracy Chen was arrested at the scene and has been charged with indignity to a dead body. Ms. Chen appeared before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court today. 

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is investigating the suspicious death in partnership with the Coquitlam RCMP.  IHIT continues to work alongside the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to identify the deceased victim. 

 

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).

 

n March 10, 2020, just after 6:15 a.m., Coquitlam RCMP was called to assist the Coquitlam Fire Department with a small but suspicious fire in the 4000-block of Quarry Road in Minnekhada Regional Park. When police arrived, they found evidence of a suspicious death. An adult woman was arrested at scene and is being held in custody.

The area surrounding the investigation will be cordoned off for a significant amount of time. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the Coquitlam RCMP.

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase so no further information will be provided at this time. The BC Coroners Service is conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means the deceased came to their death, and will also not be releasing any more information at the present time. Further details and media availability will be handled by the IHIT Media Relations Officer.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can 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 by phone at 1‐800‐222‐TIPS (8477)

 

  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 

RIDGE-MEADOWS RCMP

WANTED: DO YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE

Parcel thieves, car thieves sought

Clint Van Blanken

 

idge Meadows RCMP are looking to identify two suspects alleged to be involved in local parcel thefts and auto thefts.

 

On Monday, March 9, at around 12:30 PM, police received a report that a man, alleged to be a suspect in the theft of a Green, Toyota Rav4, SUV, was observed in the area of the 22700 block of Lougheed highway.  Upon police arrival the suspect fled and a foot chase ensued however, visual continuity was broken and the suspect evaded police.  Police identified the man as the same suspect allegedly involved in a parcel theft from the doorstep of a local home earlier in the month.

 

Moments later, police received a report that a man was washing his Silver, Chevrolet Silverado, truck in the same area and had left his keys in the ignition when a man matching the earlier suspect’s description had stolen the truck.  Police responded and located the truck, attempting to stop the vehicle but the suspect drove the truck in a dangerous manner and police disengaged interaction.  The Silverado was located a short time later, unoccupied, in the area of 222nd street and Selkirk.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

TRUCK STOLEN

Loaded with top grade lumber

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating $60,000 of stolen property from the Whalley/City Centre area.

 

On March 1, 2020, at 4:45 pm, a commercial truck trailer loaded with a storage container and $20,000 worth of ‘J grade KDHT’ lumber was stolen from a business in the 10600-block of Timberland Road.

Security footage from the business shows a suspect completing the theft by hooking the trailer to the cab of a semi-truck and driving off the property.

 

In total, over 2700 pieces of lumber, that were wrapped in “West Fraser Mills” wrapping paper, were stolen.

 

The stolen container is a faded red colour and is marked, ‘TGCU 503616-0 / TARE: 3770’.

 

The stolen trailer bears BC license plate ‘D3664P’ and has the number CDAZ6848 on it. It also has ‘Canadian Tire’ mud flaps.

 

“The photo quality we were able to obtain is not ideal for making a direct identification,” said Constable Richard Wright. “Our investigators do believe there are people in the community with further information and we are asking them to come forward to help us advance this investigation.”

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-33728.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

WOMAN ROBED PHARMACY

Police reach out to the community for tips

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

n March 8, 2020 at 11:13 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery just committed at the pharmacy inside the Safeway store located at 1599 Second Avenue. The lone female suspect reportedly approached the pharmacy counter and produced a note which demanded methadone.

The suspect was reportedly seen in possession of a black handgun, which was concealed in a re-useable shopping bag, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. It is very fortunate that no one was injured as a result of this brazen daytime crime.

The suspect, who was captured on the store’s video surveillance system, managed to flee with an undisclosed amount of methadone. She has been described to police as a Caucasian woman, approximately 5 foot 4 inches to 5 foot 6 inches tall. She was seen wearing a large dark green and yellow winter coat with the hood up, a pair of dark baggy pants, a pair of dark shoes, a black brimmed baseball cap with white lettering, a pair of sunglasses, while carrying a black re-usable grocery bag with the phrase Just COZY, written on it.

If you can identify the suspect or you have any information that may assist police you are asked to contact the Trail and Greater District RCMP at 250-364-2566. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN SERIOUSLY ASSAULTED

Police seek witness

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

n March 7, 2020 Richmond RCMP were contacted after a man was brought to a local area hospital with a significant head wound. The man was allegedly attacked by a group of individuals right in front of a restaurant located at 5300 No 3 Road.

 

“Investigators know there were other people in the area at the time of the assault and are asking anyone who may have witnessed it to contact police”, says Corporal Adriana Peralta.

 

It appears this was a targeted attack. The victim remains in hospital in stable condition.

 

The suspects left Southbound from the mall parking lot in two vehicles.

 

Richmond Watch General Investigation Section has conduct of the investigation. 

 

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or 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).

 

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SHOTS FIRED

Several arrests at two residences

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP are informing the public of the investigation of a shooting which took place at a residence in Whalley.
 

On March 6, 2020, at 10 am, police responded to a residence in the 10800-block of 139A Street after receiving a report of possible shots fired at approximately 2:30 am. Attending officers were able to confirm a firearm had been discharged and have subsequently taken several individuals into custody from the two associated residences.
 

The area around the residences may remain closed off for some time as the investigation continues.

 

While this investigation is still in its early stages police do not believe there is any continued threat to public safety. Initial indications are that this incident stems from an on-going dispute between parties known to one another.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-34914.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SEMI TRUCK SAFETY BLITZ

Cops arrest one for drunk driving, cite several others

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

 

n the heels of a commercial vehicle enforcement blitz, Surrey RCMP have taken a commercial vehicle driver off the road after he was found driving while impaired.

 

On March 4, 2020, just before midnight, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services were patrolling near Fraser Highway at 160 Street in the Cloverdale area, and noticed a semi truck that was driving without its headlights on. A traffic stop was conducted and the 35 year-old male driver was found to be impaired while operating the truck. The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and the truck was impounded for 30 days.

 

This incident follows shortly after a significant commercial vehicle enforcement blitz by the Surrey RCMP and various law enforcement partners that resulted in the inspection of 33 commercial vehicles, where 9 vehicles were fully removed from the road and 11 were cited for various defective conditions.

 

“To find this impaired commercial vehicle operator, as well as a large number of mechanical violations is concerning,” says Sgt David CHU, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services. “Commercial vehicle inspections and sobriety checks for all operators of conveyances such as taxis, buses and commercial vehicles may be conducted at any time. We will continue our enforcement actions to make our roads safer for all.”

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

EXPLOSION AT DRUG LAB

Organozed Crime Unit takes over investigation

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

hortly before 2:30 pm on March 4, 2020, frontline Richmond RCMP officers responded to the 6900 block of Elmbridge Way to assist Richmond-Fire Rescue with a structure fire at a building complex.

After the fire was extinguished, evidence surfaced that the origins may have been a clandestine drug laboratory.

Police have arrested a 30-year-old man from Richmond and is known to police.

The Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit has assumed conduct of the investigation with assistance from the BC RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team.

If anyone has information on this incident, please contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca and quote police file # 2020-6951.

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

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

FIVE FOR FIVE

Police arrest five men at five different raid for assortment of guns, cash and drugs

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

he Trail and Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed multiple drug search warrants simultaneously across the City of Trail on Wednesday, in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation into drug trafficking.

On March 4, 2020 dozens of police officers, from across the West Kootenay region, simultaneously descended upon five separate properties to execute, as many, search warrants obtained under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). A total of five individuals, all men, were taken into police custody as a result of the coordinated warrant executions.

The judicial authorizations have so far yielded undisclosed amounts of suspected cocaine in various forms, cannabis, large quantities of cash, items consistent with the trafficking of illicit drugs, handguns, rifles, shotguns and as many as 7 motor vehicles.

The execution of the search warrants was the CRU investigative team’s next steps, who are committed to dismantling what they believe to be a sophisticated drug trafficking group operating in the Kootenay region, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District.
The Trail and Greater District RCMP Crime Reduction Unit and frontline officers will continue to take actions in an effort to reduce the supply of deadly illicit drugs being trafficked in the community.

The RCMP Crime Reduction Unit was supported by frontline officers from each the Trail, Castlegar, the Kootenay Boundary Regional and Nelson detachments, along with officers from RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services, the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment General Investigation Section (GIS) and Cranbrook Forensic Identification Services (FIS), adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Four of the five men were held in police custody throughout the day, they were expected to be released on strict conditions, set to make their first appearance in court at a later date.

32-year-old John Allan Schubert of Warfield has now been formally charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He has been remanded into police custody and is expected to appear in Rossland Law Courts on March 5, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

Once the investigation is complete, the RCMP will forward all its findings to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for further charge assessment.

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

POLICE ARREST BOLD THIEF

Residents asleep while home ransacked

SGT JUDY BIRD

n Sunday March 1, 2020 at 5:25 am, Abbotsford Police Patrol officers responded to Ashley Way for a report of a residential break and enter. The residents of this home woke up early to find their house had been ransacked overnight as they slept upstairs.  Personal items, including wallets, bank cards, electronics and cell phones were stolen. 

Within five minutes of their arrival at the scene, officers tracked down and located a suspect who had in his possession all the property stolen from the Ashley Way break-in. 

Abbotsford resident, 22-year-old Ryan Michael GILLANDERS has been charged with Break and Enter, and Possession of Stolen Property.  GILLANDERS has been released with conditions after appearing in court; his next court appearance is later this month.

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

NEFARIOUS MISCREANTS NAILED

Police arrest pair of Break and Enter artists

CPL ELENORE STURKO

atrick Kensick and Ashley Smith of Surrey are facing multiple charges after a property crime spree which included a break and enter at a Vancouver residence.

On February 29, 2020, officers from the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) were in Vancouver as part of an investigation targeting multi-jurisdictional property crime.

During the course of an active stolen vehicle investigation, KENSICK and SMITH were observed operating a stolen vehicle which was used to facilitate a residential break and enter in Vancouver. Upon their return back into Surrey, the PCTT team arrested both Kensick and Smith, without incident and seized evidence located in the vehicle.
Surrey RCMP is working with Vancouver police collaboratively to investigate the break and enter incident.

Patrick Kensick and Ashley Smith are facing several charges related to the stolen vehicle and the break and enter in Vancouver. Kensick and Smith are both known to police.

Patrick Kensick has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, and breaking and entering with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Ashley Smith has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, and breaking and entering with intent to commit an indictable offence, possession of stolen identification and credit card information.

“Individuals engaged in property crimes will often strike multiple jurisdictions,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, Surrey RCMP. “Our Property Crime Target Team works collaboratively with other police agencies to target prolific offenders, improving safety across the Lower Mainland.” 

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

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

HIT AND RUN DRIVER

Closed circuit or dash cam video sought

SGT JUDY BIRD

ast night at 6:19 pm, Abbotsford Emergency Services responded to a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Cannon Ave and McDougall Ave. A dark pick-up truck struck a 64-year-old Abbotsford resident who was walking in the crosswalk. The truck was last seen southbound on McCallum Road. 

The pedestrian was transported to hospital by BC Ambulance Service, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Abbotsford Police Department are asking for the driver of the vehicle to do the right thing and come forward to speak with investigators.

Police are seeking witnesses, CCTV footage and dashcam footage to help identify the driver and vehicle involved in this hit-and-run.  The suspect vehicle description is limited; described as a dark colored pick-up truck with a canopy, with the letters “AZ” in the license plate- which may have been an out-of-province license plate.

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

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

SENIOR SCAMMED OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

Mounties' tips to staying safe and keeping your money out of crook's hands

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

trusting, 71-year-old new Canadian from Coquitlam has been stripped of tens of thousands of dollars by a criminal. As part of Fraud Prevention Month, Mounties are hoping that you will help tell this story and prevent another person being victimized.

Scammers are targeting a small, vulnerable percentage of our population with high-pressure scare tactics, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Criminals are counting on our collective silence. Only by educating our community can we help stop these crimes.

On March 1, 2020, this most recent victim got a phone call from ‘corporate security’ at a Canadian bank who told her that her credit card was ‘compromised.’ In order to ‘recover the money’ she was pressured into purchasing over $16,000 in gift cards at three different stores. Once the numbers for those cards were shared over the phone, the money was essentially gone.

For many scams, the best defence is to verify. If it’s a legitimate call from the bank or the government, you’ll be able to hang up, talk to a trusted friend, then look up the bank’s number yourself and call them back, says Corporal McLaughlin. And this is crucial: banks and government agencies will never, ever request payment in gift cards, Bitcoin or any form of online or virtual credit.

Bank security scam is number 1 on the Coquitlam RCMP’s top 5 most concerning scams. Best defence: Hang up and verify. You will never be able to ‘help’ a real bank, or be able to pay your bank bills, with gift cards.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Scam: You get a call from the ‘CRA’ (or any government agency) saying you owe tax and you’ll be arrested if you don’t send money right now, usually using a cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) machine. Best defence: Hang up. You can’t be arrested by CRA or any other government agency for debt. Nor can you pay government bills with Bitcoin.

Wallet theft fraud: Leaving your wallet or purse in your car, your shopping cart, or your locker creates an opportunity for scammers. They will quickly use your credit cards to rack up purchases before you realize they’re missing. Best defence: Never leave your wallet or purse in your car or unattended. Carry only the cards you need, and never carry your SIN card.

Online job scam: You’ve posted a resume online. Now, a ‘boss’ wants you to deposit a large cheque, keep a ‘commission’, and send the bulk to the ‘boss.’ When the cheque bounces days later, you owe the bank the whole cheque. Best defence: Never deposit a cheque on behalf of another person.

Publisher’s Clearing House Scam: You’ve won a prize! All you need to do is pay a ‘tax’ before you get your winnings. Best defence: You don’t pay taxes on lottery winnings. More importantly, you cannot win a contest you didn’t enter.

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SCOUT LEADER BUSTED FOR CHILD PORN

Investigation into tech, 57, online activates leads to charges

CPL ELENORE STURKO, Linked In photo

 

he Surrey RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) is informing the public of an investigation which has resulted in charges against a 57-year-old Surrey resident.

Edward Johannas Vandeyck has been charged with accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

The investigation began on September 26, 2019, as a result of a proactive police investigation which identified an individual who was making child pornography available on the internet. The investigation progressed and culminated in a search a warrant which was executed on December 5, 2019, at a residence in South Surrey. Charges were sworn against Edward Vandeyck on February 28, 2020.

Edward Vandeyck has been in a position of trust, and has been in direct contact with children in the community as a result of his affiliation with Scouts Canada.


This information is being released in the interest of public safety and to encourage anyone who may have information which could assist this investigation to contact investigators by calling 604-599-0502.

Surrey RCMP is the only detachment in British Columbia with its own RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit. This team of trained investigators is dedicated to protecting children from harm and vigorously pursuing those who access, distribute, or create child pornography.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020 

IIOC RCMP

 

COPS ROUND UP JUMPING JACK

Non-Lethal shotgun used to slow suspect down, IIOC investigates its own

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

CMP and Abbotsford Police have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Chilliwack which has resulted in injuries to one man.

On March 2, 2020, just after 10 p.m. Chilliwack RCMP and Abbotsford Police officers, who working together on a joint enforcement initiative, learned there was a person wanted on several warrants at an apartment in the 9200-block of Mary Street, Chilliwack.

 

While officers were positioning outside the building the suspect male allegedly fled from one balcony and broke into a second unit.

 

Officers tracked the man to a third floor balcony, where the police dog was deployed. The man allegedly assaulted the police dog before an altercation occurred between him and arresting officers.  Shots from a less lethal shotgun were fired, striking the suspect. He was arrested on a first floor balcony after reportedly jumping from the third floor.

 

During the course of the incident the man suffered non-life threatening injuries and has been transported to hospital for treatment.

 

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.

 

 

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

HELLO YOU'RE BUSTED

Driver pulled over for distracted driving leads to stash of drugs and counterfeit cash

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

recent traffic stop by Surrey RCMP officers has led to the seizure of drugs, counterfeit cash and the arrest of two individuals.

 

On February 27, 2020, at 3:00 pm, officers from the Surrey RCMP Traffic Enforcement Team were conducting distracted driving enforcement at 152 Street and Fraser Highway. The driver of a Nissan Sentra was pulled over for allegedly using a cell phone while driving. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed a passenger attempting to conceal items while another passenger ran away.

 

A subsequent search of the vehicle located numerous items consistent with drug trafficking, including: suspected methamphetamines packaged for street resale, suspected Codeine tablets, drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of counterfeit Canadian currency. The vehicle was seized as offence-related property. The driver and one passenger were arrested, and the search for the third occupant of the vehicle is still ongoing. The investigation continues and charges have not yet been laid.

 

“When our officers conduct traffic enforcement, they are not only looking for Motor Vehicle Act violations like distracted driving or speeding,” says Sergeant Ian MacLellan, Surrey RCMP. “Traffic enforcement plays a key role in identifying and disrupting those involved in criminal activity and drug trafficking.”

 

 

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 

CLINTON RCMP

 

CAR THIEF STEALS IDLING CAR

Off-duty cop gives chase, spike belt used

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

n off-duty RCMP officer visiting the BC southern interior from the Lower Mainland jumped into action to provide assistance to a vehicle owner in distress after the man’s passenger car was taken, after it was left idling outside a gas station.

On February 26, 2020 just prior to 8 p.m., an off-duty Burnaby RCMP Staff Sergeant stopped in to a gas station in the Cache Creek area when he observed a man frantically chasing his silver Kia Rio on foot, as it was reportedly being driven away by a car thief. The suspect fled the immediate area, north bound towards Clinton. The off-duty officer followed the freshly stolen vehicle and provided vital updates to police dispatchers operating out of the Kelowna Operational Communications Centre, who relayed that information to responding frontline officers.

The suspect was allegedly observed driving in a dangerous manner, at times travelling in the on-coming lanes of the highway. A tire deflation device was effectively deployed by Clinton RCMP officers who managed to apprehend the suspect without further incident after the car slowed to a stop.

RCMP officers not only work and live, but often travel through communities across our beautiful province. This is just one example of how we are always ready to respond to emergencies, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. The off-duty officer’s situational awareness, and collaboration with our police dispatchers and Clinton RCMP officers resulted in the safe arrest during a situation which had the potential to harm someone.

A 34-year-old Williams Lake man now faces potential criminal charges. He was held in police custody overnight and later released, expected to make his first appearance in court on April 30, 2020.

It was just 10 days prior, when Ascroft RCMP and Clinton RCMP worked together and were forced to deploy a spike belt to halt another dangerous driver.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Ashcroft RCMP at 250-453-2216.

 

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 

CLINTON RCMP

 

ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY

RCMP investiate after K9 bites B&E suspect

IIOC

CMP reported that on February 23, 2020, just before 5:00 pm, officers were called to a residence for a possible break and enter in progress.

As a result of the police attendance, a male was arrested. During that arrest the male was injured as a result of receiving a police dog bite that required surgery to repair.

The IIO was notified, commenced an investigation and having clarified the extent of the injury will continue to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions may have played into the serious harm of the male.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 

IIOC RCMP

 

ASSAULT SUSPECT TAKEN TO CGH

Man has been released into the community

IIOC

 

he Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. is investigating a police-involved incident in Chilliwack.

On February 12, 2020 at approximately 7:45 pm, Chilliwack RCMP took a man suspected of assault into custody from Chilliwack General Hospital. He was cleared medically, released to officers and transported to Chilliwack detachment cells.

On February 13 at approximately 7:30 am, a guard reported the man in medical distress. Emergency Health Services was called and the man was taken back to Chilliwack General Hospital. He has since been released.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 

FRASER VALLEY TRAFFIC SERVICES

 

COP CAR STOLEN

Suspect followed through 3 districts

FVTS

 

hat started as a routine traffic stop on Highway 1 near Bradner Road in Abbotsford has ended in West Vancouver on the Capilano River Bridge with a wanted man in custody.

Just after 1 p.m. this afternoon, an officer from the Fraser Valley Traffic Services conducted a traffic stop with vehicle bearing Ontario licence plates, for not having insurance, on Highway 1, near Bradner Road in Abbotsford. Identification checks on the driver determined he was wanted on 6 warrants from another province.

When the officer attempted to take the man into a custody, the driver allegedly assaulted the officer and an altercation ensued, resulting in the driver taking the officer’s police vehicle keys and fleeing the scene in a small black car.

Officers seamlessly communicated the vehicle’s position from policing agency to policing agency as it travelled through several Lower Mainland communities. Officers followed the vehicle from a distance while seeking opportunities with partnering police to stop the vehicle safely.

When traffic slowed to a near stop on the Capilano River Bridge in West Vancouver, a police officer from the Vancouver Police and an officer from the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service stopped the vehicle. With assistance from a West Vancouver police officer, the man was taken into custody.

“A call like this really demonstrates the ability of policing agencies across the Lower Mainland to work together to thwart criminals and ensure public safety,” states Inspector Todd Balaban of E Division Traffic Services. "Thankfully, our officer suffered only minor injuries, it also goes to show there really are no routine traffic stops, or calls.”

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

WANTED: BANK ROBBER

Suspect fled with cash

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is requesting assistance from the public to help identify a suspect in a robbery which occurred at a bank in the Fleetwood area.
 

At approximately 12:00 pm on February 8, 2020, Surrey RCMP responded to the report of a robbery at a bank located in the 15900-block of Fraser Highway. The unidentified male suspect entered the bank, advised bank employees that he had a weapon and demanded cash. A sum of cash was provided to the suspect, who subsequently fled.


The suspect is described as a black male, between 25-30 years old, approximately 6' tall, with a medium build (see attached photos).


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

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

PRINTED PLATE AMUSES COPS

Paper licence plate peeled off after accident, couple sought

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

nknown couple in Port Coquitlam. May have access to a colour photocopier. Last seen driving a grey 2005 Nissan Altima with a paper Alberta licence plate.

Coquitlam RCMP would like to speak to a man and woman who were involved in a single-vehicle collision on January 8, 2020, at about 8:20 p.m. on the Mary Hill Bypass near Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam. The couple’s car had crashed because it lost a wheel. When police officers arrived on scene, they found one of the worst licence plate forgeries they had ever seen hidden under a licence plate cover.

One reason that licence plate covers are illegal in BC is that they are often used to obscure what’s underneath, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. At first blush this licence plate is terribly funny, but there are serious consequences. People with forged plates are often driving with no insurance, or their vehicles are not roadworthy, or both. That’s both unsafe and unfair to other road users who follow the rules and pay their premiums.

The couple involved in the collision quickly left the scene when police arrived. The car has been seized for disposal.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

SOMEWHERE OUT THERE IS A KILLER

Cold Case information updated

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

oquitlam RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are hoping that crucial new details provided by a facial reconstruction could be the key to identifying a man who was found dead 22 years ago.

The unidentified man’s body was discovered July 2, 1998, in a heavily-wooded area near the Port Coquitlam Cemetery in the 4100 block of Oxford Street.

A composite drawing was made in 1998, but it was complicated because the man had been dead between 2 and 10 years, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. The New York Academy of Art has used 3D printing and modern facial reconstruction techniques to generate what we hope is a more accurate representation. The jaw, nose and mouth of this man are very different from the sketch. We’re hoping the update will help trigger someone’s memory and get this man back to his family.

Some of the man’s confirmed details include:

• Age: Between 35 to 49-years-old when he died,

• Height: Between (5’6 to 5’10 (167 cm and 178 cm) tall, 

• Ethnicity: Unknown,

• Bad teeth: A missing upper front tooth and generally bad tooth decay,

• A healed broken nose: It may have appeared slightly lopsided or crooked,

• Osgood Schlatter disease: A condition commonly developed in young people who play sports. It appeared as a bump on the shin below this man’s left knee.

Details from this investigation can be found on Canada’s Missing. Other information is available on the BC Coroners Service’s Unidentified Human Remains Viewer (case# 1998-0215-0092/98-63).

This cold case is among the 14 unidentified human remains investigations from British Columbia featured earlier this year in a collaborative partnership that involved the RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and students from the New York Academy of Art.

The BC Coroners Service provided the RCMP with skulls from 14 investigations dating back to 1972. The skulls were recreated with 3D printing by the National Research Council (NRC) and transported to the New York Academy of Art.

Anyone who has information that may help identify this man is asked to contact either the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 or the BC Coroners Service’s Special Investigations Unit at 1-877-660-5077 (bccs.siu@gov.bc.ca).

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

This skull reconstruction was completed by students at the New York Academy of Art. The jaw, nose and mouth of this man are very different from a composite sketch released in 1998.

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

 

NOTHING TO BRAGG ABOUT

Wanted: Travis Nigel Bragg

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

 

bbotsford Police ask public’s assistance to locate WANTED person Travis Nigel BRAGG

Travis Nigel BRAGG, 25 years old, is WANTED for:

• Assaulting a peace officer with a weapon

• Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
• Flight from Peace Officer
• Possession of property obtained by crime (license plates).

On January 23, 2020, while patrolling on Hillcrest Ave, officers recognized a dark Ford F-150 parked in a backyard. It was believed that this truck had been involved in a theft earlier the same day. Officers observed the vehicle drive away from the property, but when they attempted to pull the truck over, the driver revved the engine, rammed an on-coming police car and fled at a high rate of speed.

At the time of this incident, BRAGG was subject to various court conditions, including house arrest and a prohibition on occupying the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle.

Travis BRAGG is 25-years-old, stands 6’1” and weighs approximately180 lbs. BRAGG has short brown hair and brown eyes.

If you see BRAGG, do not approach: CALL 9-1-1.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 604-859-5225, text 222973, or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

100 MILE HOUSE BC

 

HUGE THEFT RING SHUT DOWN

Mounties retrieve $80,000 in stolen items, looking for owners

COL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

Part of the huge stash.

large cache of stolen property has been recovered as a result of an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT).

 

The seizure of stolen property, worth in excess of $80,000, began as an investigation by Surrey RCMP Frontline Officers into a residential break and enter on February 11, 2020, in Newton. Property from that break and enter was later located for sale on the LetGo marketplace app.

 

The PCTT took conduct of the investigation and were able to advance the investigation which culminated in the execution of search warrants at two properties in Newton, a residence and a storage locker.

 

At these properties, Surrey RCMP located three further individuals – one was arrested for an outstanding warrant, and another was arrested for being in breach of his Probation Order.

 

During the investigation police located and seized a large quantity of stolen property which included:

• Forty high-end bicycles, valued at over $80,000 combined

• A large quantity of power tools

• Several pellet guns

• Two conducted energy weapons (stun batons)

• Two firearms with ammunition

Investigators have already returned some of the recovered property to its rightful owners, and are currently undertaking an extensive search to locate the owners of the remaining property while the investigation continues. No charges have been laid at this time. 

 

“With this investigation, we have been able to disrupt an organized group who are suspected of trafficking stolen property,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, Surrey RCMP. “We encourage everyone to record the serial numbers of their property so in the event it is stolen and recovered, police can return it to you.”

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

100 MILE HOUSE BC

 

ANNIE OAKLEY RAMS COP CAR

Woman was eventually stopped by a spike belt

COL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

100 Mile House woman, wanted on multiple warrants for her arrest, now faces a number of new criminal charges for crimes she allegedly committed in communities across the southern interior of British Columbia.

On February 16, 2020, at approx. 10 p.m., Ascroft RCMP was alerted to a suspect vehicle reportedly associated to fuel thefts in the District of Logan Lake, last seen travelling towards its area of jurisdiction. The suspect silver Honda Civic hatchback was spotted by a officer along Highway 97C near Mesa Vista Drive.

An attempt was made to stop the suspect vehicle, which left the highway and eventually entered into a residential driveway in an effort to evade police. With no other alternate exits, the officer positioned his police vehicle in an attempt block the suspect’s only escape route. The suspect allegedly accelerated towards and collided with the fully marked police vehicle, becoming wedged between the RCMP cruiser and another unoccupied vehicle parked in the driveway.

The officer emerged from his damaged cruiser and ordered the female suspect out of her vehicle, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. The woman ignored the officer’s commands and continued to accelerate in an attempt to push through the blockade. She eventually turned off the vehicles ignition, but when the officer went to reposition, she re-started her engine, suddenly reversed and accelerated towards the police officer and crashed through the blockage.

It is very fortunate that our officer managed to jump onto the hood of his cruiser, and wasn’t seriously injured in the confrontation, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

The suspect returned to the highway, where she continued north towards the Village of Clinton. Frontline RCMP officers in Clinton were forced to deploy a spike belt at the edge of town. The effective deployment of the spike belt aided in the eventual safe capture of the suspect.

44-year-old Diane Carol Priester, of 100 Mile House, was held in police custody overnight. She was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants for her arrest for crimes allegedly committed in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and 100 Mile House. She has now been formally charged by the BC Prosecution Service with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, assault a police officer with a weapon, resist or obstruct a peace officer, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a break-in instrument and 2 counts of breach of a release order in connection to last night’s incident. She is expect to appear in Kamloops Law Courts next on February 20, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Ashcroft RCMP at 250-453-2216.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

KIMBERLY BC

 

DAIRY QUEEN ROBBER LOSES CROWN

Woman, 58, arrested

COL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

CMP in the Columbia Valley are pleased to share that as a result of collaborative investigative efforts, combined with information received from the general public, a suspect has since been identified and arrested, in connection to Wednesday’s armed robbery.

On February 14, 2020 Columbia Valley RCMP officers travelled to Kimberley B.C. where they tracked down and arrested a 58-year-old Kimberley woman, identified as the suspect allegedly responsible for the robbery of the Dairy Queen in Invermere. Kimberley RCMP assisted in both the criminal investigation and the woman’s arrest, which was without incident.

The Columbia Valley RCMP wish to extend their thanks to all those who aided in their investigation, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP Southeast District.

The woman faces a number of potential charges as a result of the incident. She has since been released on strict conditions and is expected to appear in court at a later date.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

THEY'RE BACK! SENIORS TARGETED

Abby cops warn of "distraction thefts"

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

he Abbotsford Police are once again warning our community to be aware of a group of distraction thieves that are back in town.  While they continue to use distraction techniques, police are very concerned that there has been a recent escalation in their violence.

 

The thieves, usually female, will target elderly pedestrians.  Their intent is to steal jewellery and will do so by making physical contact with the unknowing victim to convince them to try on jewelry and then swap out with fake jewelry, a sleight of hand maneuver or most recently, using violence. 

 

On February 10, in the late morning hours, an elderly woman was walking on Cardinal Avenue, when a grey vehicle pulled up behind her.  A female suspect exited the vehicle, pushed the victim down, taking a gold chain from her neck and fled in the vehicle. 

 

On February 14, in the late morning hours, an elderly woman was walking on Crestview Ave, when a white car pulled up, and a female suspect exited the vehicle and approached her.  The suspect began speaking and put her hand on the victim’s forehead and neck, but the victim did not understand what she was saying, as she did not speak English.  The suspect got back in the car, at which time the victim realized that her necklace was missing. 

 

There appears to be more than one suspect involved, and therefore, difficult to provide a distinct description.

 

The Abbotsford Police remind our citizens to talk to their family members and be cognizant of those around you, making sure you do not allow strangers into their personal space.  Should you be approached by anyone who tries to offer jewellery or place jewelry on them, tell them to stay away and please call your local police agency through 9-1-1. 

 

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

COPS BUST COUNTERFEIT RING

Thousands found after investigation

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

counterfeit currency ring has been located and dismantled and multiple suspects have been charged as a result of an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit.
 

The investigation began on January 8, 2020, after Surrey RCMP frontline officers responded to numerous reports stating that counterfeit American currency (US dollars) had been used at various businesses in the Newton area. The amount of counterfeit currency that had been circulated in the community was over $5,000 USD.

 

The Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) in Newton took conduct, and advanced the investigation which culminated in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 7600-block of 134A Street on January 23, 2020.

 

During this investigation, police have seized a further $12,000 in counterfeit US currency, $120 in counterfeit Canadian currency, equipment that had been used to produce counterfeit currency, as well as numerous knives and replica firearms.

 

Kaymen Winter, 25, has been charged with Uttering Counterfeit Currency, Making Counterfeit Currency, Possession of Instruments Used in Making Counterfeit Currency, Possession of Counterfeit Currency, two counts of Possession of Prohibited Weapons, and three counts of Possession of a Forged Document.

 

Tassie Winter, 25, has been charged with six counts of Uttering Counterfeit Currency, Making Counterfeit Currency, Possession of Instruments Used in Making Counterfeit Currency, Possession of Counterfeit Currency, and Possession of Credit Card Data.

 

Mitchell Coubrough, 32, has been charged with two counts of Possession of Counterfeit Currency, and Possession of Credit Card Data.

 

Terita Herbert, 33, has been charged with Possession of Counterfeit Currency.

 

“Counterfeit currency can be particularly harmful to small independent business owners,” says Corporal David Amerlinck, Surrey RCMP. “The victims of this type of fraud often find themselves paying out of pocket for the financial losses. It’s affecting their business, but in many cases they are affected personally as well.”

 

Although charges have been laid, the investigation is on-going. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

LANGLEY RCMP

 

MAN DIES AFTER GANG HIT

IHIT seeks information on Feb 7 shooting

SGT FRANK JANG

 

n February 7, 2020 at around 9:30 p.m., the Langley RCMP responded to reports of shots fired at the parking lot of the Langley Crossing Shopping Center at 6339 200 Street. Ravinder Singh Sandhu, 42-years-old, was found shot inside his vehicle by first responders. He was transported to hospital where he remained in critical condition until just recently, when he died of his injuries.     

 

IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with the Langley RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. Investigators are looking to speak with any witnesses who have yet to come forward and requesting dash cam video from anyone who was travelling in and around the area, before and after the shooting.

 

Mr. Sandhu was known to police and his murder is believed to be a targeted incident. 

 

“We share the community’s concern over this shooting in a public place that left one man dead and placed other lives at risk,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We also share the community’s fervor to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice and call on anyone who can help us do so to come forward.” 

 

“It is unfortunate that a second brazen homicide has occurred here in Langley. The level of risk to the community is unacceptable and it is extremely concerning for me, as it must be for Langley residents, that this happened again outside a busy restaurant with young kids nearby,” says Superintendent Murray Power, Officer-in-Charge of Langley Detachment. “Members of the Langley Detachment work collectively with our partners across the region to mitigate violent crime and ensure all intelligence is shared. If anyone has information about this murder, I would urge them to call IHIT investigators. We cannot be complacent.”

 

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, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

RESTAURANT ROBBER

Cops look to community to ID suspect

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect from an incident that occurred last year in July.

 

On July 9, 2019, at 4:40 pm, Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at a restaurant in the 12800-block of 76 Avenue, in the Newton area. The male suspect allegedly took cash from the register by force, as well as a donation box with cash inside.

 

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, approximately 25-27 years-old, 5’6” tall, with a medium build.

 

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

 

For tips on how businesses can reduce the chance of robbery, visit the Surrey RCMP website.

 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

FORT ST JOHN RCMP

 

STOLEN HEAVY DUTY EQUIPMENT LOCATED

Two men blocked on road by fellow truckers and sniffed out in the woods by K9 later

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

he combined efforts of commercial drivers along Highway 29 North, and a coordinated response from multiple RCMP detachments led to the recovery of a stolen piece of heavy equipment and the eventual arrest of two suspects.

On February 12, 2020 just before 8 p.m., Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a traffic incident unfolding at the intersection of Highway 29 North and Farrell Creek Road. Police were told that a white Ford 1-tonne truck had been spotted travelling southbound from Wonowon towards Hudson’s Hope, towing a black flat deck trailer carrying a yellow skid steer. Police also learned that the skid steer had been reported as stolen from the Fort Nelson area the night prior.

Using CB radio channels, the complainant solicited the assistance of commercial water tanker truck drivers in the area, who fully blocked the lanes of the highway at Farrell Creek Road. It is believed that the suspect vehicle attempted to proceed through the ditch around the improvised blockade, but became stuck.

It was at this point that the two male occupants exited the pickup truck, brandished a rifle at the bystanders and eventually fled on foot into the woods, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP.

Frontline officers responded from Fort St. John and Chetwynd to assist Hudson’s Hope RCMP alongside Police Dog Services to assist in the search for the suspects, believed to be armed. An area of containment was established and the highway was shut down for public safety reasons, due to a firearm being involved, states RCMP Cpl. O’Donaghey. We’d like to thank all those who were impacted by this closure for their patience and understanding, he adds.

Shortly after 10 p.m. one of the two men surrendered to police. The 36-year-old Quesnel man was held in police custody overnight. Despite their efforts the second suspect was not located.

Earlier this morning, the second suspect was located and taken into police custody without further incident. The 42-year-old Williams Lake man, who spent several hours exposed to the elements, remains in police custody at this time. Both men face a number of potential property, firearms and drug related charges.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP at 250-783-5241.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

Person robbed at ATM

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect from an incident that occurred in January.

 

On January 26, 2020, at 5:20 pm, Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) located in the 13600-block of 72 Avenue, in the Newton area. The male suspect allegedly assaulted a man who had just withdrawn funds from the ATM and stole the cash.

 

The suspect is described as a South Asian man, approximately 35 years-old, with a trimmed beard, and muscular build. The suspect was wearing a blue and white jacket, and has a large tattoo on his left shoulder (Please see attached photos).

 

“We are asking for your help in identifying this individual so that we can further our investigation,” says Corporal Steve Lachapelle, Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit. “We are very grateful for the valuable information supplied by the public in other recent investigations, and are hoping that someone will recognize this suspect.”

 

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

 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

INVEMERE RCMP

 

I'M YOUR ICE CREAM WOMAN, COOKIE DOUGH PLEASE

Police look to ID suspect in caper

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

CMP is releasing images of an unknown suspect captured on video surveillance, in an effort to further an investigation into a robbery of a local restaurant carried out Wednesday evening in Invermere.

On February 12, 2020 shortly after 8 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a robbery just committed at the Dairy Queen located in Invermere. Investigators have determined that the lone female suspect entered the restaurant brandishing a hammer, while demanding cash.

That suspect exited from the restaurant, with an undisclosed amount of currency, to a nearby location where she entered into a small passenger car and fled the area, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District.

The suspect has been described to police as a Caucasian female, approximately 50-55 years of age, of medium to heavy build, with long blonde hair. She was seen on video surveillance wearing all dark clothing, dark running shoes, carrying a hammer and wrapped herself with a large yellow blanket.

The employees are being offered support by RCMP Victim Services. Thankfully no one was injured during this incident, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, or anyone with any additional information is urged to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment at 250-342-9292. Or if you wish to remain completely anonymous you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 with your tip information.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

NEW DRIVER DRUNK IN MIDDLE OF LESSON

Man failed sobriety test in roadside check

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

n February 2, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., a Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Enforcement officer who stopped a car for running a stop sign got more than he expected.

The 44-year-old Coquitlam man who was driving, and who subsequently failed a roadside sobriety test, was a driving student who was in the middle of a lesson.

This may be a funny story, but we’re serious about keeping our community safe, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. It also shows why traffic stops are one of the most unpredictable things you can do as a police officer. Neither the driving student nor the instructor did their due diligence to be safe on the road. Our officer made sure to deliver immediate consequences.

The student had his learner’s licence suspended for 90 days and received a ticket for failing to stop for the stop sign. The driving instructor had his car impounded for 30 days. Both the driver and the driving school could face a review from ICBC.

Driving schools are one of the best ways to learn defensive driving, but there are some best practices:

Students:

• Research the driving school and get the best school you can afford,

• Know your driving materials and the rules of the road,

• Always have your licence and identification with you while driving,

• Only drive while well-rested, sober and totally focussed on driving (no cell phones or other distractions).

Driving instructors:

• Know your materials, keep your certification and licencing current, 

• Keep your vehicle in good repair,

• Carefully evaluate your students at all times. If they are not safe to drive, don’t let them on the road

• Teach defensive driving and driving skills. Don’t just teach to ‘pass the test.’

The instructors, students and the people who pay for lessons should all be doing due diligence, says Corporal McLaughlin. It’s not often we tow a car with two steering wheels, but impaired is impaired. Everyone must be safe on the road.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE THEIR OWN AFTER WOMAN FOUND DEAD    

Vehicle fire linked to death

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

CMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in North Vancouver which has resulted in a woman’s death in Squamish.

On February 9, just after 9:30 a.m., North Vancouver RCMP officers arrested a woman at a North Vancouver residence after she allegedly had threatened a person known to her. The woman was transported to the North Vancouver RCMP Detachment where she was processed and released with a future court date.

On February 10 at 7:15 a.m., Squamish RCMP received a report of a vehicle fully engulfed in flames on Sunset Drive, Lions Bay. Upon arrival, officers found the same woman dead at the scene.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the woman’s death. 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 its website at www.iiobc.ca 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

MAN ARRESTED TRYING DOOR HANDLES ON CARS    

Suspected wanted on Canada-wide warrants for credit card fraud

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

n February 6, 2020, Richmond RCMP Strike Force were conducting targeted enforcement for theft from autos in the Richmond core when they observed a male allegedly trying door handles on multiple parked cars.  Richmond Strike Force acted quickly and took the male into custody.

 

The male was identified as Coleton SZALAY. SZALAY had a Canada-wide warrant stemming from a robbery out of Vancouver as well as a warrant for Theft Under $5000 out of Richmond. In addition, two new charges have been laid against SZALAY for possession of credit card data and possession of stolen property under $5000.00.

 

SZALAY has been remanded and remains in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 10, 2020.

 

“We are actively out there targeting people who are attempting to commit crimes in Richmond” says Corporal Tibor Paldy of Richmond RCMP Strike Force Team 2, “They won’t see us coming but we are there ready to pounce”.


The mandate of Strike Force includes conducting proactive enforcement activities to address crime through project-based policing and proactive policing strategies.

 

While Richmond RCMP Strike Force and other units are actively out there targeting individuals allegedly committing crimes, assistance from the public is also needed.  Richmond RCMP wants to remind the public to not leave anything in their vehicles. Whether running in for a quick 5-minute stop or grabbing lunch, it just takes seconds for a car to be broken into. 

 

“We regularly see wallets, electronics, back packs and other valuables left in cars”, says Cpl. Paldy, “By always taking these items with you, we can eliminate the ability for these opportunistic criminals to operate in Richmond”.

 

If you or anyone you know has had their vehicle broken into in Richmond you can report it either by calling the non-emergency line at 604-278-1212 or through our online crime reporting tool.

 

 

  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020 

MERRITT RCMP

 

MISSING MAN FOUND IN DOWN PLANE    

Pilot, 60, taken to hospital with unknown injuries

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

missing person report led police to the discovery of a plane wreck on the runway of the Merritt Airport early Monday morning.

On February 10, 2020 at 12:14 a.m. RCMP received a report of a missing person. The initial investigation led a frontline officer to the Merritt Airport where he discovered the wreckage of a small white and green plane on the tarmac.

The officer located the missing man entrapped inside the single occupant aircraft and immediately called upon the Merritt Fire Department and BC Emergency Health Services for their assistance.

Emergency crews extricated the pilot, a Merritt man in his 60’s, who was rushed to hospital with serious injuries by BC Emergency Health Services. His current condition is unknown.

RCMP has notified Transportation Safety Board officials of the aviation incident.

The investigation into what factors led to this incident is in its very early stages, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP Southeast District. RCMP will continue to support the Transportation Safety Board who is also investigating.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT    

Vandal strikes North Van cop shop

SGT PETER DEVRIES

orth Vancouver RCMP are looking for a suspect who vandalized the Detachment building this morning and are pleading with the responsible party to turn themselves in.

"This morning at approximately 9:00 AM, a suspect was positioned somewhere above one of our entrance doors," said Sgt. Peter DeVries, with North Vancouver RCMP. "The suspect appears to have dropped something hard, possibly a nut, in an attempt to crack it open. The glass above the entrance was shattered, and the suspect immediately fled the scene. We are asking that suspect to come forward. Do the right thing and take responsibility for what you've done."

Officers are upset and a little shaken by the random act of vandalism. "You think the glass is shattered? We're the ones who are shattered," said DeVries. "This is not at all in keeping with the sort of kindness and warmth we always see in the community. It's unsettling."

Police have only a vague description of the suspect:

• feathers
• wings
• beak
• claws

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

ANAHIM RCMP

 

BREAK AND ENTER LEADS TO MURDER INVESTIGATION    

Skulduggery among acquaintances

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Saturday February 1 at 4:56 AM, Anahim Lake RCMP were called to a residence in the 6600-Block of West Street for a report of a possible break and enter in progress. Upon immediate attendance police quickly discovered that there was more happening then initially reported.

The residents were visibly upset and told police that the suspect had come to their home, damaged their vehicle, forced his way into the home and destroyed property within the house. During the course of the investigation police learned that the suspect had used and threatened the victims with a firearm.

The victims recognized the suspect as he is known to them. Police located the suspect at another residence and was arrested without incident.

BC Prosecution Services have charged Maverick Anthony West, 30 years old with attempted murder, robbery, break & enter, possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, unlawful possession of a firearm, pointing a firearm, assault, mischief and uttering threats.

West has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Wednesday February 12 2020.

This type of crime is not normally seen in our small, tight knit community, said Sgt Scott Clay, NCO i/c Anahim Lake Detachment. The safety of everyone is, and continues to be, our primary focus.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SAW-OFF SHOTGUN FOUND IN HOUSE    

Gun linked to gang activity

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

 

 

he Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team has seized a loaded shotgun and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking following a search warrant at a residence in Guildford.

On January 29, 2020, Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) executed a search warrant at a residence in the 14800-block of 107A Avenue, related to an unlawful weapons possession investigation. During the investigation police located and seized a loaded shotgun, small amounts of suspected narcotics, along with drug processing and packaging materials consistent with drug trafficking.  An 18-year-old Surrey man, was arrested at the residence and later released.

 

The Surrey Gang Enforcement Team is continuing this investigation; no charges have been laid at this time. 

 

“SGET is continuing to be successful at gathering intelligence on the street and converting it into arrests and firearms seizures,” says Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins. “Often all it takes is one interaction by our officers or one tip from the public to spark an investigation with an outcome that has a significant impact at street level.”

 

Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2020-13087.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED AGAIN    

Man breached probation conditions

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

46-year-old Surrey man who was the subject of a public interest notification last year has been arrested and charged in Coquitlam.

On May 24, 2019, Surrey RCMP issued a public warning about Earon Wayne Giles, a convicted sex offender who was deemed a high risk to re-offend.

On February 2, 2020, at about 10:15 p.m., Coquitlam RCMP received a call from BC Corrections who advised that Giles was not at his court-approved address in Surrey and was in violation of his curfew. Minutes later, Coquitlam RCMP Frontline officers arrested Giles at a home in the 1300 block of Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. Giles was in the company of an adult woman that he knew and was allegedly carrying items that were contrary to his conditions.

On February 3, 2020, the Surrey branch of the BC Prosecution Service approved three counts of breach of a section 810.2 Criminal Code order.

Public safety is always our top responsibility, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. The public needs to know that RCMP detachments work together, and with partners like BC Corrections, to follow through on priority offenders.

Giles was released from custody yesterday afternoon (February 4, 2020) on seven additional conditions including that he must reside at an address in Surrey and abide by electronic monitoring.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ALLEGED CLINIC SEX ASSAULTS    

RCMP investigate Asian masseuse

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an on-going investigation of two alleged sexual assaults at a therapeutic clinic in Surrey.

 

The alleged sexual assaults are both reported to have taken place in January, 2020, at the HealthLand Clinic, located at 7128 King George Boulevard in Surrey. In both incidents the victims were allegedly sexually assaulted by an employee while receiving massage treatment.

 

A suspect, who is described as a 48-year-old Asian man was arrested, and has been released pending further investigation. As charges have not been laid the identity of the suspect is not being made public at this time. However, investigators believe there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward, and so to further the police investigation, the RCMP has disclosed the business location.

 

Healthland Clinic has two locations in the Lower Mainland, one in Surrey, and the other in New Westminster. It is believed that the suspect in these assaults has performed massages at both locations.

 

"Reporting a sexual assault to police can be a very difficult thing to do, as it is a very personal incident," says Constable Richard Wright. "Our investigators take allegations of sexual assault very seriously and work closely with our Victim Services to ensure emotional support is provided throughout the investigation and court processes."

 

Anyone with more information, or who may have been a victim of a similar offence at these clinics is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or New Westminster Police at 604-525-5411.

 

  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

COUPLED THIEVES    

Police seek miscreants

SGT JUDY BIRD

bbotsford Police Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify this couple involved in a fraud at the local department store.

On January 25, 2020 at 9:37 pm, the two pictured suspects entered the Superstore located at 2855 Gladwin Road.  They were observed switching tags on numerous items.  The couple proceeded through check-out with the price swapped items.  When the store employee confronted the couple in the parking lot, the male suspect produced a knife and threatened the staff.  The couple left the shopping cart with the merchandise behind and were last seen fleeing the parking lot in a dark colored vehicle

 

  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

One Less Online Thief    

Mounties nab "Let Go" application miscreant

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

A 19-year-old man has been charged with robbery and use of an imitation firearm related to an alleged robbery linked to a popular on-line buy/sell application.

 

The Surrey Robbery Unit began an investigation after police received a report of an alleged robbery which occurred around 6:00 pm on January 11, 2020. In that incident the victim arranged to meet with two individuals in the 11800 block of River Road, who had advertised a cell phone for sale using the “Let Go” app.

 

When the buyer met up with the sellers, they were robbed of their personal property and the money they had brought along for the purchase of the cell phone. Surrey RCMP Frontline officers and the Integrated Police Dog Services (PDS) responded, but were unsuccessful in locating the suspects. The victim was physically unharmed during the incident.

 

Through subsequent investigation, police were able to identify a suspect and on January 30, 2020, Martin Djunga was arrested at a residence in Surrey.

 

Martin Djunga is currently remanded until February 19, 2020, and is facing charges of robbery, the use imitation firearm, and two counts of breach of a release order.

 

The second suspect involved in the incident has not yet been identified. He is described a black male, with short black hair. He was wearing a black or navy blue baseball cap, black sweatshirt and sweat pants at the time of the incident.

 

“We would like to raise the public’s awareness of the risks involved in these types of buy and sell transactions,” says Cpl. Rob Maione. “Even when meeting in a public place, there can be risks in meeting up to exchange cash or high value items with people you are not familiar with.”

 

Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2020-5737

 

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

HOUSTON RCMP

 

KAFUFFLE AT MAURICE    

Vehicle passengers ignore police warnings

CPL ELENORE STURKO

n the evening of January 31, 2020, two individuals were turned away by RCMP for attempting to cross the access control checkpoint along the Morice West Forest Service Road in Houston, BC.

A driver and two passengers drove to the RCMP checkpoint at the 27 kilometre mark, stating they were attending the Gidumt’en camp to drop off supplies.  The driver provided officers her identification, however the female and male passengers refused to do so.  

Both passengers in the vehicle were refused entry and remained on the roadway while access was granted to the driver to drop off supplies.

As the driver went through the checkpoint, she stopped on the other side. Both the male and female passengers attempted to cross through the checkpoint on foot.  They were warned that they would be arrested for obstruction if they attempted to cross.

The male immediately stopped however the female passenger proceeded and a police officer advised her that she was being detained. At this point she did not continue to push her way through and turned to walk the other way. The detention immediately ended at that point and the driver returned to take both passengers to the sheltered area at the 27 kilometre mark.

There will be no further action taken by police in this matter.

The access control checkpoint remains in place as a measured response to managing access as dialogue continues toward resolving the current breach of the BC Supreme Court Injunction.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN TASERS HIMSELF AND COP   

Drunk fights with cops roadside

CPL ELENORE STURKO


 

ne man has been arrested and has been held in custody following a traffic stop that led to an assault on two Surrey RCMP officers.
 

On February 2, 2020, at 8:50 pm, two Surrey RCMP officers conducted a traffic stop, and initiated an impaired driving investigation with a driver in the area of 24 Avenue and 184 Street in Surrey.  The driver exited his vehicle and, as police detained him, he allegedly began fighting aggressively and attempted to remove the firearms from their holsters. The man was able to gain access to one of the officers’ Conductive Energy Weapon (CEW), discharging it into his own leg and the officer’s foot.  An urgent call for back-up was initiated and officers from both Surrey RCMP and Langley RCMP responded. The driver was arrested and brought to the hospital for evaluation. He was taken into police custody following his release from the hospital.  

 

The driver, a 41-year-old Surrey resident, was arrested for two counts of Assaulting a Peace Officer with a Weapon, two counts of Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest, three counts of Disarming a Peace Officer, one count of Resist Arrest, Impaired Operation of a Conveyance, and Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample.

 

Both police officers were injured during this incident, they were treated and released from the hospital, and are now recovering.
 

“The job of policing brings with it a certain amount of risk, especially when we pull over vehicles and interact with a people we may have limited information on,” says Constable Richard Wright, Surrey RCMP. “This incident serves as an example of how quickly a situation can change for police, especially when a suspected intoxicated individual is involved.”

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

BIG DRUG OPERATION UNCOVERED AFTER TWO-YEAR INVESTIGATION   

Bust comes after bystander visiting from Ontario shot

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP would like to update the community on significant developments in the investigation of a 2017 shooting which injured an innocent bystander.  In addition to charges against Abd'l Malik Loubissi-Morris, which were announced in December, 2019, a further arrest, additional charges, and a significant seizure of evidence has taken place.

 

This investigation began on July 9, 2017, following a shooting that took place in the 7600 block of 147A Street. The shooting resulted in injuries to an innocent bystander, a 62-year-old woman, who was visiting Surrey from Ontario. The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit immediately took conduct of the investigation and entered into a conspiracy to commit murder investigation that involved a number of police investigative techniques.

 

As the investigation advanced, it expanded to include concurrent investigations in Vernon and Kelowna.  The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), and the Kelowna and Vernon RCMP, worked in a coordinated effort with the Surrey RCMP, obtaining numerous judicial authorizations, including a search warrant for a residence in Kelowna.  As a result of the combined investigations, police located and seized: cells phones, approximately $177,000, significant quantities of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and ketamine, as well as six firearms.

 

On January 30, 2020, charges were laid against Abd'l Malik Loubissi-Morris, Tien Roy Mai Dang, and Noah Didhra.  Each of these men are facing fifteen separate charges including: Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence; Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking; Possession of the proceeds of crime; and Possession of a Firearm.
 
Abd'l Malik Loubissi-Morris has been in-custody since his arrest on December 11, 2019, and Tien Mai Dang was arrested on January 30, 2020, without incident.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for Noah Didhra and police are actively looking to arrest him. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Surrey RCMP. Noah Didhra is described as a 21-year-old, South Asian man, 5’10” tall, 230 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. 

 

“Projects of this size and complexity take a significant amount of time, resources and specialized skills," says Superintendent Elija Rain. “A major contributor to the advancement of this investigation was the partnerships we have with CFSEU and the RCMP in Kelowna and Vernon. We extend our gratitude to every police officer and employee whose hard work helped to bring this file to a successful conclusion."

 

As the matter is now before the court there will be no further comment on the circumstances of the offence or the personal history or circumstances of any of the accused.


Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Noah Didhra is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2017-93863.

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

CHETWYND RCMP

 

SNOWMOBILER MISSING AFTER AVALANCHE   

Search continues, SAR urges caution to back country

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Sunday February 2, 2020 just after 4:00 P.M. Chetwynd RCMP were notified by the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre of an emergency beacon signal on the east face of the Murray Mountain range between Mt Hunter and Milburn Peak, south of Pine Le Moray Provincial Park. The park is south west of the community of Chetwynd.

It was later determined that an avalanche had occurred while a group of snowmobilers were in the area and one man was missing.

Chetwynd RCMP called for assistance from Search & Rescue however due to the weather conditions and the potential risk of more avalanches, SAR ground crews could not immediately attend the area.

SAR, along with the RCMP Air Services, and Police Dog Services trained in avalanche searches will start actively searching when conditions are safe.

Further information will be released when it becomes available. At this time there is no further information to provide.

The general public is encouraged to monitor the Avalanche Canada website for conditions in their area and to use extra caution when travelling in the back country. It is also recommended that if you plan to travel in the back country, share your travel itineraries with family and friends.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

DANGEROUS SEX OFFENDER RELEASED INTO THE COMMUNITY

Police ask the community to be vigilant

SGT JUDY BIRD

aylor Albert DUECK, 25-years-old, is subject to a public notification issued by the Abbotsford Police Department.

Duek is 180 cm tall 5’11” and weighs 59 kg (130 lbs), with brown hair and blue eyes.

He currently resides in the Abbotsford area and has a criminal history that includes sexual assault x2, sexual assault of a person under 16 years of age and sexual assault with a weapon.

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Duek is subject to court ordered conditions including:

• Not to possess or consume controlled substances;
• Abide by a curfew of 9 pm to 6 am;
• Not to possess any weapons.

If you see Taylor Dueck in violation of any of the conditions listed above, please contact your local police agency immediately.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

BOMB THREAT AT MALL

Mounties determine package was safe

STAFF SGT MONSEF

 

t about 12:40 pm on Feb 1, 2020 Surrey RCMP received report of a suspicious package that was located in the parking lot of King’s Cross Shopping Center at 7400 block of King George Blvd, Surrey. Surrey RCMP Frontline members attended and cordoned off the area. Surrey RCMP investigators examined the package, and ordered a full evacuation of the nearby Michael’s department store out of the abundance of caution. The area was closed off to general public.

RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit was called and attended. RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit rendered the package safe. It was confirmed the package did not pose a threat to the public. Select part of the shopping complex was closed as a precautionary measure but is now accessible to traffic again.

Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if you wish

to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2020-16576.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

ARSON SUSPECT SOUGHT

Police are looking for a black pickup with Alberta plates

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

amloops RCMP is investigating a hotel room fire that occurred this morning, January 30, 2020 at approximately 8 a.m..

 

According to witnesses, they could smell smoke and went to investigate.  That was when a man was seen leaving a second floor room.  The man got into a pick-up truck and drove away.  This man is believed to be the same man who was registered in the room.  Hotel registration information is being investigated however, at this time, the name and license plate that the man supplied has not yielded a positive identification.

 

The man is described as Caucasian, in his mid 30’s with facial hair.  At the time he registered into the hotel, he was wearing a blue button down shirt and a red ball cap (on backwards).  When he was seen leaving the hotel room, he was wearing a grey sweater.  He was driving a black Ford pick-up, partially lifted with an Alberta license plate.  The truck had a broken left tail light.

 

Currently, the hotel room is being secured until fire investigators can enter.

 

Kamloops is asking anyone with information about this occurrence to contact them at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

GLEN PARK GROPER IDENTIFIED

Police say extenuating circumstances the cause

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

his trail in Glen Park is the scene of some of the alleged assaults. A suspect has been identified and safety systems are in place, but if you ever feel you’re in danger, you should still call 911 immediately

Coquitlam RCMP plainclothes investigators have identified a suspect who is being linked to seven alleged assaults in or near Glen Park at 1149 Westwood Street, Coquitlam. The suspect was previously unknown to police.

There are extenuating circumstances involving this suspect that may have played a role in these alleged assaults, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot go into detail about this suspect’s circumstances, but everyone should know that public safety is our number one priority.

The Coquitlam RCMP Sex Crimes Unit is working with the BC Prosecution Service, and community partners, to determine the best course of action and it is currently unknown if that will be criminal charges or something else. Systems are in place to ensure that the area of Glen Park will stay safe. Police will continue to make files like these a priority no matter where they occur.

It’s important that our citizens have the information they need to keep themselves safe, and we’d like to thank everyone for their attention to this investigation, says Corporal McLaughlin. We also want to remind people that it’s not helpful to draw conclusions about motive without all the facts. It’s also important to leave enforcement to the police.

The incidents in and around Glen Park happened between November, 2019, and January, 2020. In all cases, the alleged assaults targeted adult women, the incidents were over very quickly, and ended with the suspect running away.

If you ever think you’re being followed or you’re in danger at or near Glen Park, please call 911 immediately. For historical crimes in our jurisdiction, or if you have information for police, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550

 

  FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020 

VERNON RCMP

 

RCMP OFFICER, EMERGE CREWS JUMP INTO WATER TO SAVE DRIVER

Sadly the man died due to his injuries

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

s a RCMP Staff Sergeant Major (SSM) Robert Daly typically provides recognition to police officers and civilians alike, during formal awards ceremonies, for their acts of heroism and valour in dynamic often life changing situations. While off-duty SSM Daly didn’t think twice before he jumped into action after he witnessed a passenger vehicle over turn into a creek in the north end of Vernon late Friday evening.

On January 24, 2020 at approximately 10:40 p.m., SSM Robb Daly was travelling through the Vernon area with a family member, when he witnessed a motor vehicle suddenly leave the highway and out of sight. The off-duty Warrant Officer, who had been travelling in the opposite direction when the collision unfolded, pulled his vehicle safely to the side of the road and crossed all lanes of the divided highway on foot in order to reach the crash site. His daughter immediately called 911 for help.

The passenger sedan was discovered overturned and mostly submerged in the waters of the approx. 20 foot wide creek that runs alongside the west side of Highway 97 north of 48 Avenue. Without hesitation, the off-duty officer jumped into the frigid waters and began efforts to access the driver in the pitch dark and assess whether or not there were any additional passengers trapped inside.

The slight current of the creek and the sediment made it challenging for SSM Daly to open the driver’s side door. Once opened numerous attempts were made to release the driver, who had been seat belted in. The first emergency responders to reach the scene tossed SSM Daly a pair of scissors, which allowed him to extricate the driver from his vehicle and bring his head above the water’s surface.

Members of the Vernon Fire Department worked together with SSM Daly to pull the unresponsive 37-year-old Vernon man from the water, where they began life saving measures. BC Emergency Health Services rushed him to an area hospital in serious condition. No other passengers were located inside the vehicle. Aside from prolonged exposure to the cold water, SSM Robb Daly was uninjured.

It was with profound sadness that the RCMP learned that the driver has since succumbed to his injuries in hospital, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. We, the RCMP, wish to extend our deepest condolences to the man’s loved ones.

Staff Sergeant Major Daly is an invaluable member of the Southeast District senior executive team, states the District Commander of the RCMP Southeast District, Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli. The emotional impacts from that day are still fresh for both Robb and his daughter who tried to save a life. We will continue to provide them ongoing support. Their combined efforts were truly heroic.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

CAREGIVER CHARGED IN PATIENT DEATH

Investigation took months

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

caregiver from Port Coquitlam, and the society that contracted her, have been charged after a 15-month investigation into the death of an adult woman who was in their care.

Police began investigating when a 54-year-old woman with a developmental disability was found dead in a private home on October 13, 2018. The investigation determined that the victim did not receive the 'necessaries of life.' Necessaries of life refers to those things necessary to preserve life such as food, shelter, medical attention and protection from harm.

This has been an exhaustive investigation into the care of the victim in the years and months leading up to her death, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. This is a very sad situation. We know these charges can’t bring the victim back, but perhaps they give a voice to a vulnerable person who couldn’t speak for herself.

On January 27, 2019, the BC Prosecution Service approved the following charges against 51-year-old Astrid Charlotte Dahl:

  • Criminal negligence causing death, section 220(b) of the Criminal Code,

  • Fail to perform a legal duty to provide necessaries, section 215(2)(b) Criminal Code.

At the time of the victim’s death, Dahl was in a residential home sharing agreement with Kinsight Community Society. The BC Prosecution Service has charged Kinsight with:

  • Fail to perform a legal duty to provide necessaries, section 215(2)(b) Criminal Code.

Both Dahl, and the Director of Kinsight, have been served with a summons to appear in court on March 9, 2020.

As police we have a duty to protect all vulnerable people whether they are in care or not, says Corporal McLaughlin. If you have information about neglect or abuse that could be criminal, please don’t hesitate to call your police of jurisdiction.

Corporal McLaughlin will hold a media availability today at 10:00 a.m. at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment, 2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ROBBER CAUGHT

Suspect facing 8 charges

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP has arrested a man who was now been charged with multiple counts of robbery following a series of offences across Surrey and Langley.

 

In early January, Surrey RCMP responded to several reports of robberies to businesses in the Guildford, Newton, and Whalley/City Centre areas. Noting the sudden rise in the number of business robberies, Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit and Crime Analysis Unit were able to identify some linkages between the recent incidents. Further investigation led to the identification of the suspect, Cory Ulmer Brown.

On January 22, 2020, the Surrey RCMP Auto Crime Target Team and the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit located and arrested Cory Ulmer Brown for the robbery offences, as well as for multiple outstanding warrants. Corey Ulmer Brown is now facing eight charges of robbery and four charges of wearing a disguise with the intent to commit an offence.
 

“This investigation is an example of how important it is for the public to report these kinds of offences so police are able to track and analyze crime statistics and trends,” says Constable Brad Kelsey, Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit. “It allows us to quickly identify and address crime increases and, in this case, played a significant role in helping narrow our investigation, leading to the identification and arrest of a suspect.”

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR CHARGED

78-year-old facing sexual interference allegations

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit is advising the public of a sexual interference investigation which involved a private instructor who allegedly abused two former students.

 

Investigators believe there may be more victims in the community and are encouraging anyone with more information to come forward. 

 

This investigation began on July 9, 2019, when Surrey RCMP received a report of sexual interference which involved two victims who were youths when the incidents allegedly took place, between 2010 and 2012. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at a private residence in the Newton area, where the youth attended studies with a private instructor.

 

Following the report made to police, BC Prosecution Services have approved two charges of Sexual Interference against 78 year-old Nader Abdulaziz.  

 

“We understand that reporting sexual interference can be difficult for victims,” says Staff Sergeant Lindsay O’Ruairc, Surrey RCMP Vulnerable Persons Section. “Our officers are compassionate and ready to listen, and we have victim services staff who can help support you throughout the process.”

 

To contact investigators from the Special Victim’s Unit, please call Surrey RCMP: 604-599-0502.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

MAN FOUND DEAD IN MAPLE RIDGE

Mounties reach out to the community for info

SGT FRANK JANG

 

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its ongoing investigation into a homicide in Maple Ridge, B.C.

 

On January 11, 2020, the body of 24-year-old Edi Bogere-Nyigwo was found in a vacant forested property in the 24500-block of Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.  His death is being investigated as a homicide.  Bogere-Nyigwo was last seen leaving his Coquitlam home at 7 p.m. on December 27, 2019.

 

Investigators are working to determine motive and are calling on those who knew Bogere-Nyigwo to come forward.  There are no indications, so far, to suggest this incident is linked to any gang conflict. 

 

“We don’t believe Edi’s death was random,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We believe there are still those with important information who have yet to speak with us.  Edi was a talented soccer player and a member of Coquitlam’s Sparta SC U-18 squad that won the Canadian National Championship.  His friends describe him as someone who avoided trouble and many are wondering why anyone would harm him.”

 

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).

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

FOUR SEX ASSAULTS IN GLEN PARK

Mounties seek suspect

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

his trail in Glen Park (1149 Westwood Street, Coquitlam) is the scene of one of the sexual assaults. If you’re a woman, be extra-aware and consider walking with a friend or partner. Everyone should report suspicious behaviour to 911 immediately

A series of four separate sexual assaults in and around Coquitlam’s Glen Park have now been linked. Coquitlam RCMP wants everyone to be aware so they can protect themselves and help police identify a suspect.

These incidents happened so quickly that no one has yet seen the suspect’s face, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. If you are a woman walking alone near the 1100 block of Westwood Street, please be extra-aware. Consider walking with a friend or partner. No matter who you are, call 911 immediately if you see anything suspicious at or near Glen Park.

Some consistent details describe the suspect as:

• A male with a slight build

• Short or below-average height

• Wearing dark clothing and a black jacket

The original incidents happened on December 16, 2019, and December 19, 2019. Two more cases have occurred on January 22, 2020, and January 25, 2020. In all circumstances, the suspect targeted an adult female by touching or slapping her and quickly running away. The alleged attacks all happened in the early evening between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

It’s important that women feel safe in our parks, and we need everyone’s help to make that reality, says Corporal McLaughlin. Our sex-crimes unit is investigating and these incidents are being treated as high-priority. Our frontline officers will respond quickly when you call 911.

For any crime in progress, call 911 immediately. If you have information that may help solve this crime, call the Coquitlam RCMP’s non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Sex Crimes Unit (file 2020-2032).

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

MURDER INVESTIGATION OVER

Bottomly and Hothi face charges in Baldwin death

SGT FRANK JANG

 

wo men have been charged with first degree murder in connection with the November 13 homicide of Andrew Baldwin in Surrey, B.C.

On January 24, 2020, Jordan Bottomley and Jagpal Hothi were arrested by IHIT and later charged by the B.C. Prosecution Service with first degree murder for Andrew Baldwin’s death.  Both accused men will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on January 27, 2020.

“There was a great deal of coordinated effort by our investigators and many partners this past weekend that has resulted in charge approval,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “IHIT is greatly appreciative of the support and assistance received from the many units that were involved in reaching this positive outcome.”

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSION

Distressed person arrested

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

t approximately 5:50 pm, Surrey RCMP officers together with Surrey Fire responded to the report of an explosion in the area of 124 and Iona Pl.  Witnesses were able to direct investigators to a specific residence. The surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution and specialized response teams were brought in to ensure everyone's safety. The emotionally elevated subject has been successfully taken into custody without any harm to people or property.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

HELLO, I WANT YOUR PHONE

Nefarious miscreant tries to steal phones

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

20-year-old man is facing robbery charges following his arrest by the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit for two incidents which took place a day apart.  
 

The first incident occurred on January 18, 2020, just after 5:00 pm near the Surrey Public Library. The victim arranged a meeting with a potential buyer for a cell phone they had advertised for sale on social media. When the meeting took place the victim was allegedly assaulted, and their phone was stolen. 


On January 19, 2020, just before noon, a similar incident took place outside a Surrey shopping centre, but the victim was able to run away and their phone was not stolen.

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit arrested 20-year-old, Joseph Peake, of no fixed address, on January 19, 2020 and he has been charged with 2 counts of robbery and 3 counts of breaching court conditions.


“There is a heightened risk to personal safety when meeting people you don’t know, even in a public space,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP. “We have seen a number of similar robberies over the past few months and want the public to be aware that there are risks involved in these buy and sell transactions.”


Surrey RCMP is providing some personal safety tips that may be helpful when arranging meetings with unknown online parties to buy or sell items:

• Insist on a heavily populated, public meeting place that is well-lit
• Do not meet in a secluded place or arrange to meet at your home
• Be especially careful when buying or selling high value items
• Tell a friend or family member where you’re going and when you’re meeting the buyer/seller
• Take your cell phone and a friend along to accompany you
• If you are verbally threatened or physically assaulted, avoid confrontation by giving the perpetrator the property. Call police as soon as possible.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

PHONE SCAM IN RICHMOND

Police urge caution

CPL ADRIANA PERALTA

 

ichmond RCMP is reminding the public to be aware of telephone scammers after a recent incident in Richmond that involved someone posing as a police officer.

These alleged fraudsters can and do change tactics to trick people into giving them money. This includes posing as government officials, such as police officers. In a recent Richmond file, the victim reported receiving a call from a male alleging to be a police officer. During the conversation, the male even provided a fake name and badge number.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

FIGHT LEADS TO HOSPITALIZATION

Acquaintance stabbed

SGT KYLE SIMPSON

 

ichmond RCMP is currently on scene at a residence in the 3500-block of Francis Rd in Richmond for a report of a stabbing.

 

On January 23, 2020, at approximately 8pm, Richmond RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing in the 3500-block of Francis Rd.

 

Upon arrival, officers located a 34-year-old male suffering from stab wounds. He was transported to a local area hospital in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Initial investigation has revealed that an altercation occurred between two individuals. The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that the parties involved are known to each other and there is no threat to the public.

 

No further information will be released at this time.

 

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

BUD'S UP, THE JIG's ON YOU

Pair of armed miscreants rob an unlicenced marijuana distributor

SGT JUDY BIRD

ast night, two men in disguise entered an unlicensed dispensary, produced firearms and demanded cash and marijuana- before fleeing on foot. AbbyPD Patrol officers quickly identified two 18-yr-old men & they were arrested without incident & remain in custody.  Overnight, search warrants were executed- two firearms and stolen items have been recovered.

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

CASTLEGAR RCMP

 

PORCH THIEF CAUGHT ON CAM

Mounties reach out to the community for help to ID suspects

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

CMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an unknown male suspect who is believed to be responsible for the theft of a package from the porch of a Castlegar home in mid-December.

On January 15, 2020, Castlegar RCMP received a report of a package theft allegedly committed on December 17th, 2019, after it was discovered a parcel wasn’t received when expected. The home owner, who followed up with the delivery company, conducted a review of his home’s surveillance system which led to the discovery of the apparent crime caught on video.

The December 17th video has been turned over to investigators, who are releasing the footage in an effort to advance their ongoing investigation. The short clip shows as a lone, yet to be identified, male walks onto the complainant’s property and removes the package from the front doorway before walking away. The suspect is then seen walking to a second individual who appears to be waiting further down the roadway.

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

Cops deal with social media storm after

SGT FRANK JANG

 

13-year-old boy has been arrested after an alleged assault at a Port Coquitlam middle school, and Coquitlam Mounties are asking the public to avoid making snap judgments based on what is being spread on social media.

There are allegations appearing on social media that directly contradict the video evidence, witness statements, and established facts of this investigation, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.

There has been a lot of anger directed to the school and police. We want to assure everyone that our first priority is to continually assess the risk and make sure that everyone involved is safe. Now, we ask that you stay patient and avoid judgment until a full and impartial investigation is complete.

Police received a call on January 10, 2020, around 3:15 p.m., after an alleged assault on the grounds of Citadel Middle School in the 1200 block of Citadel Drive. Initial investigation determined that a verbal confrontation between four youth males and one youth female was escalated when the girl used a low level of physical force. At that time, a 13-year-old Maple Ridge boy is alleged to have used an inappropriate level of force that caused an injury to the girl.

The 13-year-old Maple Ridge boy was arrested on scene and is accused of:

• Assault causing bodily harm, section 267(b) Criminal Code,

• Uttering Threats, s. 264.1, CC.

The boy, who does not have a history with police, was released on conditions and must appear in court in Port Coquitlam at a later date.

Coquitlam RCMP continues to investigate and more evidence needs to be gathered and evaluated. More charges are possible against all parties involved.

It’s completely understandable that people are reacting emotionally to this file, especially since children are involved, says Corporal McLaughlin. But it’s important that we conduct an impartial investigation. We ask that people do not make judgements based on social media posts.

Since all parties involved in this file are youths, names will not be released.

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020 

 

BURNABY RCMP

IHIT INVESTIGATES SHOOTING

Man dies at gas station, police find the burned out vehicle later

SGT FRANK JANG

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation of a shooting death in Burnaby, B.C.

On January 19, 2020 at around 6:30 p.m., the Burnaby RCMP responded to reports of a shooting at the Chevron gas station at 4487 Canada Way. A man, now identified as 28-year-old Julian Johnson, was found at the scene with gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A black Nissan Rogue was identified as a suspect vehicle from the gas station and was last seen eastbound on Highway 1. Later in the evening, the Langley RCMP received a call of a vehicle fire in the area of 206A Street and 73B Avenue. The burnt vehicle is believed to be the Nissan Rogue from the earlier shooting in Burnaby.

IHIT is working closely with the Burnaby RCMP, the Langley RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. An extensive neighbourhood canvass for video surveillance footage and witnesses is underway in both Burnaby and Langley. IHIT is asking for dash cam video from anyone who was travelling in the following locations and time periods:

• Highway 1 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Area of 206A Street and 73B Avenue in Langley between 9:15 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Julian Johnson was known to police and his homicide is believed to be a targeted incident that is linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

“This was a brazen shooting in a public place and we are relieved no one else was hurt,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “Significant progress is being made in these early stages. Our investigators are pursuing several leads and we need everyone with information to contact us so we can maintain the momentum on this fast-moving investigation.”

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).

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020 

 

NELSON RCMP

SNOWBOARDER DIES AFTER HITTING A TREE

All attempts to revive man were unsuccessful

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

he RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the sudden death of a snowboarder, discovered in medical distress Friday afternoon outside of Nelson B.C.

On January 17, 2020, just before 12:30 p.m., Nelson RCMP received a report of a snowboarder discovered unresponsive in a tree well located in an out of bounds area of the Whitewater Ski Resort. A passerby, who made the discovery, immediately started CPR and called for support from ski patrol and emergency first responders.

The patient was transported to secondary location within the resort, where emergency medical responders took over CPR, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP Southeast District. Despite all their efforts, the man was pronounced deceased by emergency paramedics.

The deceased has since been identified as a Central Kootenay man in his 30's.

The BC Coroners Service was notified of the man’s death and is now investigating. Due to the privacy of the deceased, his name will not be released.

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

WANTED: TWO FRAUD SUSPECTS

Couple rack up thousands of dollars using stolen cards

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

 

urrey RCMP is appealing to the public to help identify two people who are suspected of using stolen debit cards to commit approximately $28,000 in fraudulent transactions across the Lower Mainland.

 

This investigation began on August 14, 2019, after a report that multiple stolen credit cards belonging to a husband and wife, had been fraudulently used in Surrey, Burnaby, and Coquitlam.

 

Concurrent investigations have been carried out in Burnaby and Coquitlam, including a previous public appeal for information. Surrey RCMP is releasing further photos at this time in an effort to advance this investigation.

 

The suspects are described as a dark-skinned adult male, and a Caucasian female.

 

If you have information about this investigation, or to help identify the suspects, please call Surrey RCMP at 604 599 0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

PAPER DRUGS: MAIL THIEF TAKEN DOWN

Hundreds of pieces of mail, credit cards and gov't issue ID's

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

his investigation began on November 12, 2019, after police received a report of the theft of mail from community mailboxes in North Surrey. As the investigation advanced, a suspect was identified and police obtained a search warrant for a residence 13000-block Balloch Drive in Surrey.

 

As a result of the investigation police located and seized a large quantity of items believed to be part of a large scale mail theft, identity theft, and fraud operation. Amongst the seized property, police located hundreds of pieces of mail, stolen credit cards; cheques; 139 Government issued identification cards; multiple forged identifications; and counterfeit currency. They also located $6,000.

 

The investigation is continuing and police are working in cooperation with Canadian Postal Inspectors to review the stolen mail and documents. Investigators will be looking to make contact with potential victims.

 

Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Benjamin Stott, of Surrey is facing numerous charges related to this investigation including: breaking and entering, and theft from mail.  He was arrested on January 9, 2020, and is currently in custody.

 

“Mail thefts and identity thefts can have far reaching impacts on the lives of victims,” says Sergeant Mike Spencer. “We hope that this significant seizure will limit further harm to the victims whose identity and credit card information was stolen.”

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

WANTED: CORY BROWN

Outstanding warrants

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is seeking assistance from the public in locating a male wanted for outstanding arrest warrants.

 

Cory Ulmer Brown is wanted on multiple charges including assault causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, impaired operation of motor vehicle, and driving while prohibited. 

 

Cory Ulmer Brown is described as a 23 year old Caucasian man, 6’2”, 196 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair. (Please see photo attached)

 

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

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

SUSPICIOUS DEATH

Mounties sat attack not random

SGT FRANK JANG, IHIT

Photo: Joseph Morrissey

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation of a suspicious death in Burnaby, B.C.

 

On January 13, 2020 just after 7:20 a.m., the Burnaby RCMP responded to a call of a man found dead on the street in the 6700-block of 4th Avenue.  The man, now identified as 51-year-old Joseph Vincent Morrissey of Vancouver, had injuries consistent with foul play and IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

 

IHIT is continuing to work closely with the Burnaby RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.  The investigation is still in its early stages but investigators believe this incident is related to the drug trade.  An autopsy will be conducted sometime this week. 

 

“We don’t believe Joseph Morrissey’s death was random,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We are appealing to those who knew Mr. Morrissey to help us answer the key questions of who was he meeting with and what he was doing prior to his death.  Furthermore, we ask that anyone with dash camera footage or individuals who were walking in the area of Lakefield Drive and 4th Street between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. and may have observed suspicious activities to contact IHIT.” 

 

“We understand that incidents like this can be shocking, particularly because they don’t happen often in our City and we are committed to working with IHIT to advance this investigation,” says Burnaby RCMP Officer-in-Charge Chief Superintendent Deanne Burleigh.  “We would ask that if any member of our community has information that could assist in this investigation to please contact 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).

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

DRUGS, MONEY, ARMS

Mounties grab heroin

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he Surrey RCMP Drug Unit has made a significant seizure from a home in Delta as a result of a drug trafficking investigation spanning several months.

 

This investigation began in September 2019, and culminated in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 11900-block of 80 Avenue, in Delta, on January 7, 2020. A number of items were seized as part of the investigation including approximately 800 grams of suspected heroin, 100 grams of suspected cocaine, 6 grams of suspected Fentanyl, $15,000 in cash, and a .22 cal handgun with ammunition.

 

A 24-year-old man from Delta was arrested on January 7, 2020, and later released. The investigation is ongoing.



“Drug trafficking puts the public at risk not only because of the inherent health hazards associated with the drugs themselves, but also from the violence that often surrounds drug trafficking,” says Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins. “The goal of our unit is to make the community safer by investigating drug trafficking and identifying people who put the public at risk as a result of criminal activity.”

 

If you have information about drug trafficking in Surrey please call Surrey RCMP at 604 599 0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

 

LYTTON RCMP

ERT SHOOTS ARMED MAN DEAD

Reports the individual engaged police, IIOC investigates

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

 

he RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident where a man has died as a result of a police-involved shooting.

Just before 8 a.m. on January 13, Lytton RCMP Frontline officers were called to a residence in the 1000-block of Macintyre Road in Lytton, for a report of a man in distress. The man was reported to be in possession of firearms, two other persons were inside the residence with him. Shortly after officers arrived, there was a report of gunfire, originating from the residence. No one was injured. The Emergency Response Team, including a Crisis Negotiator were called to assist.

The two other individuals who were inside of the residence at the time were safely evacuated, while the distraught man remained inside and negotiations continued. Shortly after 2:00 p.m. an interaction between the man and police resulted in shots being fired by police. The man was shot and has died, no one else was injured.

The IIO BC is now investigating police actions as it relates to the man’s death. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

 

MAPLE RIDGE RCMP

BODY FOUND

Police say suspicious

DET. LARA JANSAN, IHIT
 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is requesting assistance with the investigation into a suspicious death in Maple Ridge. 

On January 11, 2020, at 1:21 p.m., Ridge Meadows RCMP Frontline members responded to a report of a found body in a rural area near the 24500-block of Lougheed Highway. The circumstances surrounding the body and the area were deemed to be suspicious and IHIT was called in to investigate.

IHIT is working closely with the Ridge Meadows RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroner's Service to gather evidence and complete priority tasks.

“At this time, the name of the victim is not yet known and investigators are working hard to confirm the identity,” says Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT.  “Though the area is rural, investigators believe that it does get used frequently by pedestrians so we are asking anyone who has been in that area to contact 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

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

 

IIOC RCMP

MAN SHOT TO DEATH BY POLICE

Salmon Arm suspect of misdemeanour ran after ERT moved in

DAWN ROBERTS, IIOC
 

he RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident where a man has died as a result of a police-involved shooting.

On January 7, 2020, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Salmon Arm RCMP received a complaint of mischief at home in Tappen, British Columbia. The complainant indicated that somebody had severely damaged their property.

RCMP officers responded and located a male suspect at a neighbouring residence, where an attempted arrest was called off due to risk.

RCMP officers set-up a containment perimeter, and called the Emergency Response Team to assist with the arrest. A warrant to enter the home was granted, and officers deployed a chemical agent in an attempt to make the man leave the residence. The man did leave and attempted to flee the area. In the resulting interaction between a police officer and the man, he was shot. The male died and no one else was injured during the incident.

The IIO BC is now investigating police actions as it relates to the man’s death. 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.
 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

DANGEROUS CONVICT RELEASED INTO THE COMMUNITY

Police Chief reassures mayor and reidents safety is foremost

CST RICHARD WRIGHT
 

acknowledge the frustration expressed by Mayor McCallum in the news release he issued today (January 10, 2020) regarding the release of a dangerous offender into Surrey. While the Surrey RCMP share many of these concerns, it is important to recognize there is a significant process in place by the Parole Board of Canada to determine if and when an offender can be released into the community and the conditions they are put under.  

 

When the Surrey RCMP were notified of this individual’s release into Surrey, we conducted our own assessment that included the fulsome decision made by Parole Board of Canada. Unfortunately, the threshold for a Public Interest Disclosure was not met in this situation for a variety of reasons including whether the individual posed an imminent threat, the recommended conditions, and the strong release plan approved by the Parole Board. However, we are aware of the significant conditions in place for this individual, including electronic monitoring, and we will be monitoring this individual, along with Correctional Service Canada.

I personally advised Mayor McCallum of the situation on two separate occasions and provided him the information that could legally be provided to him regarding this situation. While I acknowledge that the limited information that the police are able to provide in these cases can cause frustration, we have a legal obligation to balance the privacy of individuals and the risk to public safety. Police can only breach that privacy under the strictest of circumstances and, in this situation, that threshold was not reached.  

I share the public’s concern on this matter. I can assure the residents of Surrey that the correct processes were followed in this situation, and that we have a team specifically assigned to monitoring these type of offenders to ensure they do not breach their conditions or impact public safety in any manner.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

Robber running rampant, police looking to catch up with him after four robberies in eight days

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect that has been linked to four robberies within Surrey during the first eight days of the year.

 

Between January 3 and 8, 2020, one suspect has been linked to at least four robberies in the Guildford, Newton, and Whalley/City Centre areas. In each incident, the suspect entered a business, brandished a knife and demanded money from employees. No employees were injured during the incidents.

 

The suspect is described as being a Caucasian man, in his early to mid-twenties, and approximately 6ft tall. He was seen wearing a blue jacket with a fur-lined hood in each incident (Please see attached photos).

 

“Having this person involved in multiple incidents within such a short period of time is concerning,” says Constable Brad Kelsey, Surrey RCMP. “We are asking the public to help us identify this suspect so we can locate him as soon as possible.”

 

Anyone that can identify the person in the photos is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

CONFIRMED SHOTS FIRED

Foot chase results in arrest

CST RICHARD WRIGHT
 

t about 5:30 pm, Jan 9, 2020, Surrey RCMP received reports of gun fire between two vehicles in the area of 96th Ave and 148th Street.

The two vehicles were described as a white Ford Expedition type and a white Lexus or Infinity type vehicle.

The vehicles were travelling at a high rate of speed and where last seen going north on 148th Street.

 

Members of the Surrey RCMP attended to the area and located several shell casings.

 

No reports of injuries or damage to property have been reported. The intersection was closed for a period of time but has been re-opened.

Investigators with the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit are currently on scene continuing with the investigation,

and will be in the area for unknown period of time.

 

Surrey RCMP are asking that if anyone was driving in the area and could have dash camera footage of the incident or the vehicles involved call 604-599-0502.  

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact 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

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MOUNTIES SEIZE .40 CAL

Foot chase results in arrest

CST RICHARD WRIGHT
 

urrey RCMP’s Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) has seized a firearm as a result of on-going strategic targeted enforcement. This pistol is the fourth firearm the Surrey RCMP has successfully taken off the street in the past 30 days.

 

Members of SGET are deployed on every shift to look for vehicles and individuals who may be connected to the illicit drug trade or gang activity. They also investigate suspicious activity strategically, in areas where drug and gang activity has occurred in the city.   

 

On January 6, 2020, shortly after 9:00 pm, SGET investigators conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 104 Avenue and 146 Street, in the Guildford area when a 29-year-old male passenger fled from the vehicle on foot. SGET gave chase and he was successfully taken into custody. During the arrest, officers located a loaded .40 caliber pistol. He was was arrested for Possession of a Restricted Firearm and has been remanded into custody because of an outstanding warrant issued by Correctional Service of Canada for being unlawfully at large.  The investigation related to the seized firearm is ongoing and no charges have been laid at this time.

 

“The work that SGET is doing is having a positive impact on public safety on multiple levels by literally taking dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals,” says Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins. “The team will continue to be out on the streets looking for criminals who put the public at risk through their illegal activity.” 

 

SGET continues to support various investigative units within Surrey RCMP working to disrupt illicit drug trafficking and related gang activities.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

DRIVER REFUSES TO STOP FOR POLICE

Vehicle crashes rolls multiple times, IIOC investigating

DAWN ROBERTS, IIOC
 

he RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of a traffic incident where one man suffered serious injuries.


On January 7, 2020, at approximately 9:30 pm., a Surrey Traffic officer saw a vehicle committing what they believed to be a number of Motor Vehicle Act infractions while travelling eastbound on 104 Ave. The officer activated their emergency equipment and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The vehicle failed to stop, and went through an intersection before losing control and flipping multiple times near 104 avenue and 160 Street.
 

Emergency Health Services transported the driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, to hospital with serious injuries. Nobody else was injured.


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


A concurrent criminal investigation is being conducted by the Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT).
 

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC.
 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 

SALMON ARM RCMP

ERT COMES DOWN HARD ON CRIMINALS

Two suspects arrested in ongoing investigation

CST JESSE O'DONAGHEY
 

he Southeast District Emergency Response Team (SED ERT) was deployed to Salmon Arm today to assist with a pair of high risk warrant executions at properties located in the 400-block of 22nd Street N.E. and the 1300-block of 30th Street S.E.

On January 7, 2020, shortly before 11 a.m., frontline officers and plain clothes investigators of the Salmon Arm RCMP attended to two separate residences alongside a team of tactically trained members, from the Southeast District Emergency Response Team, to execute the pair of search warrants consecutively. The SED Tactical Armoured Vehicle (or TAV) was utilized on this most recent deployment to the southern interior’s Shuswap region.

The warrants were related to an ongoing criminal investigation being led by the Salmon RCMP.

The police operation has since ended without incident, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the Southeast District. Two individuals were taken into custody during the execution of the warrants. A third individual connected to the case was already in police custody on an unrelated matter. The investigation remains ongoing as police continue to gather evidence at both scenes.

All three men, a 39-year-old from Canoe B.C., a 28-year old from Salmon Arm and a 27-year-old from Salmon Arm remain in custody at this time. They each face potential criminal charges.

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 

SURREY RCMP

 

HOME OCCUPANTS PEPPER-SPRAYED

Mounties looking for South Asian man

CST RICHARD WRIGHT
 

urrey RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in an assault with a weapon that occurred at a residence in the Whalley area.

 

On December 19, 2019, police responded to the report of an assault with pepper spray at a residence in the 13800-block of 102 Avenue. At approximately 8:30 pm, a male suspect knocked on the door of a residence and, when the door was opened, sprayed the resident with pepper spray and entered the home. The suspect then fled after very brief contact with the home’s occupants.  Investigators believe that the suspect may have intended to target a different residence. Five people were at home at the time of the assault, three were treated for exposure to pepper spray. No serious injuries were reported.

 

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has taken conduct of the investigation and is releasing a composite sketch of the suspect, who is described as a South Asian male, 6ft tall, medium build, wearing a black hoodie.

 

“Tips from the public can make a significant difference in the outcome of an investigation,” says Staff Sergeant Kirk Duncan, General Investigation Unit Commander. “We are asking everyone to look at this composite sketch and contact Surrey RCMP if they have information that can help to identity this suspect.”
 

Anyone with information about this incident or the person depicted in the composite sketch is asked 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, quoting file number 2019-196166.

 

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 

NELSON RCMP

 

SAR RESCUES TEEN SNOWBOARDERS AT WHITEWATER RESORT

Reason to pay attention to signage, they stayed in one place and waited for rescue

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

wo teenage snowboarders are back home with their families after search and rescue crews managed to locate the pair who spent, what would have been, a cold and damp night in Nelson’s backcountry.

On January 5, 2020, just before 6 p.m., Nelson Rural RCMP received a report of two overdue snow boarders, who were believed to have gone out of bounds and failed to return from the Whitewater Ski Resort. A search of the ski hill was immediately carried out by members of the resort’s ski patrol and local search and rescue crews. The search was suspended overnight as conditions worsened.

A more in depth search of the out of bounds area of the mountain was launched at first light with the support of an aircraft. Both snowboarders, 16-year-old boys, were spotted by search and rescue personnel aboard the helicopter.

Both teens were extracted from the backcountry by helicopter and were flown to an alternate location where they were medically assessed by BC Emergency Health Services and released.

The pair are very fortunate to escape without any injury or illness as a result of exposure to the elements, said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP Southeast District Media Relations Officer. We are told that the pair had the wherewithal to construct a shelter and build a fire for warmth, and more importantly stay put and wait for help.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the dedicated volunteers of our local Nelson Search and Rescue, and all those who responded to the call for mutual aid assistance from other area SAR groups, states Cpl. Derek Pitt of Nelson Rural RCMP.

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 

 

NORTH DISTRICT RCMP

MANHUNT FOR LAGLACE

Wanted for violent offences

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

he North District RCMP is seeking the public’s help in locating a wanted Dawson Creek man, who police say should be considered armed and dangerous.

North District RCMP continue their efforts to safely arrest 32-year-old Stacy Ray Laglace of Dawson Creek B.C., is currently wanted on multiple un-endorsed warrants for his arrest. Laglace has been formally charged by the courts with a total of 21 counts, many of which include extremely violent offences such as aggravated assault, discharge a firearm with intent, kidnapping and robbery, among others.

Stacy Laglace is described as a First Nations male, with black hair and brown eyes, who stands 5 foot 6 inches tall, and weighs approximately 185 pounds.

"North District RCMP continues their efforts to locate and safely arrest Stacy Laglace," states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP. "We want the general public to be aware that he is known to carry firearms. If spotted, you are urged not to approach Laglace, instead we ask the public to call 9-1-1 or their local police immediately."

If you have information about Laglace’s whereabouts please call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 

IHIT RCMP

MOUNTIES LAY MURDER CHARGES

Altercation caused death

CST HARRISON MOHR

 

urrey RCMP officers responded to an altercation at a strip mall in Surrey just before 1 a.m. on January 2, 2020, and found a deceased male lying in the parking lot.  A witness to the altercation followed the suspect from a safe distance as he fled, and directed police to his location a few blocks away. Officers quickly arrested him, and located a weapon possibly used in the murder.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in to investigate, and worked closely with the Surrey RCMP, the witnesses to the altercation, and the various business owners in the area.  Late last night, a charge of 2nd degree murder was approved against 33-year-old Michael James Petronio.  He will be appearing in Surrey Provincial Court at 2 p.m. today.

“This success was a combined effort between the people who witnessed the altercation, the Lower Mainland Forensic Identification Services, the Surrey RCMP, and IHIT,” says Constable Harrison Mohr with IHIT. 

“This could not have been accomplished without the cooperation of the witnesses, the expertise of the forensic specialists, and the professionalism demonstrated by Surrey RCMP officers.  We would also like to thank the business owners and community members in the area, who provided us with key surveillance video footage, and waited patiently while the mall was closed during our initial investigation.  This was a prime example of the success that can happen when police and the community work together.”

In order to further the investigation, IHIT is now confirming that the victim has been identified as 39-year-old Jason Stanley Wells.

“Our attention must turn now to the victim, his family, and his friends and associates,” says Cst Mohr.  “Our thoughts are with those who knew him, and we are asking them to come forward and talk to us.  Our investigators would like to speak with anyone whom had been in recent contact with Jason.

Anyone who knew Jason can call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or email ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

  FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN SHOT

Victim in non-life threatening condition

S/SGT MONSEF

 

t approximately 2:12 am on Jan 3, 2020, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 15900-block of 26th Ave, Surrey, B.C. Evidence was located confirming that shots had been fired. Surrey RCMP Members located one male victim suffering from apparent gun shot wound. The male victim has been transported to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information.

 

The investigation is still in its early stages and officers will be in the area for undetermined period of time.  

 

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed this indent to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS  or www.solvecrime.ca in reference to Surrey File # 2020-1098.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 

 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

OPERATION RED NOSE DRIVER GETS REAR-ENDED BY DRUNK DRIVER

Pickup driver entrapped, no injuries

CST JESSE O'DONAGHY

 

n Operation Red Nose volunteer crew working in tandem were struck from behind by a suspected impaired driver, while providing a sober ride home to a small group of clients on New Year’s Eve in Kamloops.

 

On December 31, 2019 at 11:57 p.m., Kamloops RCMP received a 911 emergency call of a motor vehicle collision along East Trans-Canada Highway near Grand Boulevard. Officers determined that the driver of a black Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck struck a green Subaru Forester and a blue Ford Focus from behind, prior to crossing into the oncoming lanes before leaving the highway.

 

The driver of the Dodge Ram pickup truck, which came to final rest down an embankment, was entrapped and required extrication by emergency crews. While observing and interacting with the driver at the scene, the investigating officer detected signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication from the man and subsequently provided him with a demand.

 

The 24-year-old Kamloops man, who sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, refused to provide a breath sample. He was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and charged with drive without due care and attention under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act.

 

“Our investigation has revealed that both the sedans were occupied by three Operation Red Nose volunteers and three clients being escorted home,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District. “This incident serves as a somber reminder to find a safe and sober ride home. Thankfully no one was seriously injured as a result of this entirely preventable collision, which could have had a deadly outcome.”

 

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BODY FOUND

Foul play not suspected

SURREY RCMP

 

urrey RCMP is currently on scene following a report of a deceased individual in the Newton area of Surrey.

At approximately 12:25 on January 2nd, Surrey RCMP were advised that a body had been found outside in the 6500 block of King George Boulevard.

Police immediately attended and located a deceased person. The cause of death has not been confirmed, however, it does not appear suspicious at this time. The BC Coroners Service is also conducting an investigation into the death.  

No further details are available from the Surrey RCMP or the Coroners Service as their separate investigations are in the early stages.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019 

SURREY RCMP

MAN DEAD AS A RESULT OF "ALTERCATION"

Witness assisted police in making arrest in targeted attack, IHIT investigates

CST HARRISON MOHR

 

hortly before 1 am on January 2, 2020, Surrey RCMP were called to a fight in the parking lot of a strip mall located at 75A Avenue and Scott Road in Surrey. When police arrived, the suspect had already fled the scene, and a deceased male victim was found in the parking lot.

Multiple persons witnessed the altercation, and one of the witnesses was able to follow the suspect from a distance, and advised police of his location.  Surrey RCMP located the suspect a few blocks away and took him into custody. A weapon possibly used in the murder was also located by police. IHIT has now been called in to investigate.

“One of the witnesses did a good job of keeping an eye on the suspect from a safe distance after he fled the scene, and was able to direct police to his whereabouts,” says Constable Harrison Mohr with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).  “Frontline Surrey RCMP officers responded quickly and arrested the suspect minutes after the altercation, and also located a possible weapon involved in the murder.  Their efforts have benefited this investigation immensely.”

A 33-year-old man remains in custody and IHIT is still trying to determine whether anyone else was involved.  The male victim has not yet been identified, and it is has not been determined whether they knew each other.  The suspect does not have any known ties to gangs or drug trafficking.

Anyone who witnessed the altercation or anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact IHIT through the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or email ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN ASSAULTED

One arrested

S/SGT HONEYMAN

 

t approximately 1:57 pm, Surrey RCMP received a report of an assault in progress at a residence in the 6100-block of 175A Street. 

 

Upon arrival police located a male victim suffering non-life threatening injuries and he was subsequently transported to local area hospital for treatment.

 

A second male located at scene was taken in to police custody and transported to the Surrey RCMP Detachment Cells. 

 

There are no suspects outstanding and no risk to the general public.

 

Investigators with the Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit are currently on scene continuing with the investigation and will be in the area for an unknown period of time.

 

Anyone with information about the incident  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.