2 suspects arrested following alleged thefts from autos that resulted in a series of subsequent offences
2022-06-12 10:36 PDT
File # 2022-12167
A thorough and comprehensive investigation by Richmond RCMP frontline officers and Property Crime Unit has yielded a pattern of similar offences.
On May 18, 2022, two men, a 38-year old and a 34-year old, both from Vancouver were arrested by Richmond RCMP.
We believe that this duo may be involved with additional crimes beyond the scope of this one and in municipalities outside of Richmond.
During the last several months, several vehicles in the Steveston area have had their contents stolen. These vehicles were by and large, left unlocked. In addition, theft of contents from garages such as bikes or tools, or from homes with an adjoining garage were unlawfully entered through the use of a stolen garage remote.
The Richmond RCMP stress that this is not a novel type of crime.
- If your vehicle is not equipped with auto-arming door locks, make sure your vehicle is locked and secured when exiting. Thieves will try door handles. For criminals, finding an unlocked door is akin to pulling on a slot machine handle and coming up with a match. The
jackpotis even sweeter for them when a wallet, purse, or laptop/electronics are found.
- Garage door remotes should be removed from your vehicle, especially when parked in front of your residence. If a criminal obtains your garage door remote, it is synonymous with leaving your house keys under the welcome mat.
- Leave no valuables in plain sight of your vehicle. If you can see it, so can the criminals. Even if your car is locked, it would take less than 15 seconds to break the glass and to reach in. Nothing to see. Nothing to steal.
- Report any suspicious activity to police immediately. We love arresting criminals but we can always use the extra help.
Anyone who may have witnessed, or have information regarding this file, is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at www.solvecrime.ca.
Cpl. Adriana O'MalleyMedia Relations Officer
11411 No 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8
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