Two people are facing charges after Burnaby RCMP’s Community Response Team (CRT) busted a stolen property operation which is believed to have been operating out of an abandoned home in the City.
Just after 9:30 a.m., on Friday November 1, 2019, CRT officers responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 5000-block of Keith Road in Burnaby. The complainant stated that there was a pickup truck parked near an open garage at an abandoned residence and that a man and woman were loading items into the truck.
Upon arrival, officers approached the two people, both said they were doing clean up work at the residence. When asked to identify themselves, the man gave a false name and was arrested for obstruction. After learning of his real name, officers discovered the man was wanted on a warrant from another jurisdiction.
CRT officers then checked out the pickup truck that was at scene and quickly learned it was stolen. As a result of this, the woman on scene was also arrested. Police found additional stolen property in both the stolen truck and the residence including a motorcycle, power tools, hand tools, suitcases, camping gear and personal electronics.
As set out in our Strategic Plan, Burnaby RCMP will continue to focus resources on targeting property crime offenders in our City, says Inspector Kathy Hartwig with Burnaby RCMP. This investigation serves as an excellent example of the importance of calling police should you notice suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.
A 42-year-old Vancouver woman and a 46-year-old Surrey man are facing charges of possession of stolen property in relation to this investigation.