Chilliwack: One person was arrested – alleged stolen property and a break-in tool were seized -during an RCMP investigation of a smash and grab theft from an automobile.
On the afternoon of November 30, 2018 RCMP Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) officers conducting an investigation in the area of Gore Avenue and Nowell Street noted a cyclist pedalling property to a site behind a near-by business.
“The individual is identified by the Chilliwack RCMP as a prolific offender and known to our officers who turned their attention to his activity,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.
POST investigators patrolled the area and quickly established a pickup truck parked at the corner of Young Road and Victoria Avenue was the subject of a smash and grab. Evidence gathered at the scene pointed investigators back to the cyclist.
Within minutes the cyclist was found and quickly taken into custody by police. Articles linking the suspect to property stolen from the pickup and other thefts reported to the Chilliwack RCMP were seized by officers during the arrest.
Branden Paul Tanner, 20, of Chilliwack is charged with possession of an instrument for the purpose of breaking into a motor vehicle and possession of property obtained by crime. Mr. Tanner has been released from custody pending a court date in late December.
“RCMP plain clothes officers remaining alert and flexible during one investigation, shifted their focus to apprehend the suspect,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.
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).