Police briefs: Arrests in thefts shown in viral video

Arrests in viral video thefts, theft of copper and theft from vehicle in this week's briefs

Arrests in viral video thefts

RCMP arrested a 17-year-old Squamish man on Jan. 8 and a 19-year-old Vancouver man on Jan. 30 in relation to the Dec. 29 theft of bikes from a home in the 1100 block of Village Green Way.

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Police knew the suspects, and items seized at the time of the arrests connected the suspects to the break and enter.

Video surveillance set up in the garage where the items were stolen caught three suspects in action. The video went viral when posted on social media, which resulted in many calls to police. (See video below.)

The residents were home at the time of the thefts. 

The stolen bikes included a men’s green 20-speed Norco Range, a men’s black 11-speed Norco Range, and a blue men’s 27-speed Giant Rainier. Also taken were a white Apple TV Box, a 32 “Samsung TV, a garage door opener and a pair of black Ryder sunglasses.

Unfortunately the bikes have not been recovered.

The investigation is ongoing and remains a priority with investigators, according to Squamish RCMP.


Theft of copper

A 28-year-old homeless Squamish man was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 1 at about 9:30 p.m. in relation to the theft of a reel of copper wire from a BC Hydro truck, which had been parked on Fifth and Winnipeg avenues. Police say based on detailed witness descriptions, they located and arrested a suspect a short distance from the scene. 

Police say the suspect was well known to police for previous property crimes in the area.


Theft from vehicle

A $300 stereo was stolen from a 2000 Ford F350 parked in a commercial parking lot in the 39000 block of Discovery Way sometime between Jan. 28 and Jan. 30. The vehicle may have been left unlocked. Police are awaiting additional details about the stereo and other items that may have been taken.


Break and enter

A break and enter occurred at a vacant building in the 1300 block of Pemberton Avenue. on Jan. 31 at about 8:30 p.m. Nothing was taken in the incident. There have been ongoing concerns with squatters using the vacant building, according to police, who have increased patrols in the area.


Attempted theft

Police were called when a man tried to steal a container of lottery tickets from a business in the 1300 block of Pemberton Avenue on Jan. 28. The male was confronted and fled the store, police said. He was last seen leaving the area in a green van. Police said the investigation is ongoing and they are examining video surveillance. 


Anyone who has any information relating to any crime is encouraged to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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