Pair arrested and van recovered in Britannia Beach | Squamish Chief

Pair arrested and van recovered in Britannia Beach

Squamish RCMP and Integrated Police Dog Services deployed

A man and woman have been arrested and a stolen van recovered in Britannia Beach, police say.

On April 7th, at approximately 8 a.m. Squamish RCMP were contacted by the owner of a gold Westfalia van, which police say had been stolen from Vancouver four days earlier.

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The owner had posted pictures of the missing van on a Facebook van forum and someone had sent a message to say they had spotted the van in a parking lot off Britannia Beach.

When RCMP located the van, officers found a man sleeping in the driver's seat.

He was arrested.

Police learned a woman passenger was also in the area. With the help of the Integrated Police Dog Services Officer and his police service dog (PSD) Kal, the woman was found and arrested.

Both individuals were transported to Squamish.

PSD) Kal
PSD) Kal. - Squamish RCMP

A 45-year-old man, Mohamad Gandomi, from Vancouver, was charged with possession of stolen property.

The woman was held on outstanding warrants from Surrey and New Westminster.

"Squamish RCMP were fortunate to work alongside the local IPDS members and have them serve the communities in the Sea to Sky Corridor," said Sgt. Sascha Banks in a news release. "Without this collaboration, the second occupant may not have been located and therefore tying up valuable resources from Squamish and the Lower Mainland."

Anyone with any information regarding this or any crime is asked to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go to the website

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