Chilliwack: A 28-year-old Chilliwack man was arrested for possession of a stolen auto.
The arrest stemmed from a Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) investigation into a report of a stolen licence plate received in early April 2017. During the investigation CRU officers supported by the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) linked a suspect to a stolen car and licence plates allegedly stolen from automobiles throughout the Fraser Valley over the month.
On April 19, 2017 the investigation led CRU and IMPACT officers to the 46000-block of Eric Drive where, following a brief foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody by police.
Michael Joseph Hasell faces charges for possession of stolen property over $5000, possession of stolen property under $5000, and obstructing a peace officer. Hasell remains in custody pending a court appearance in mid-May.
“Partnerships between police agencies are vital to reducing auto crime but the most important partner in this fight is the general public. The police need the public’s help,” said Inspector Brian MacDonald, Officer in Charge of IMPACT. “Motorists are reminded to lock your cars and do not make your car a display case for thieves by leaving valuables inside”.
“Criminals do not recognize municipal boundaries. Law enforcement partners working together are an essential component to keeping our community safe,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.
RCMP would like to provide the public with the following tips to prevent theft of motor vehicles;
To learn about auto theft crime prevention and enforcement initiatives conducted throughout the province the public is invited to visit our partners by clicking onto IMPACT.
RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).