One-man crime spree

Mounties in Agassiz have shut down a one-man crime spree.

RCMP Cpl. Mike Rail said the unidentified suspect faces numerous charges following his arrest as police investigated a series of thefts in the Agassiz region.

The investigation stemmed from a spike in the number of calls received by the RCMP at the end of November 2018 through January 2019 from homeowners reporting break and enters, theft of automobiles, as well as theft from automobiles.

“From the beginning, we felt the impact these thefts were having on the community – officers worked ceaselessly collecting and examining evidence seized during the investigations,” says Sgt. Darren Rennie of the Agassiz RCMP.  

Evidence gathered by Agassiz police supported by the Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS) during the investigation linked a suspect targeting unlocked homes and automobiles to a number of the thefts.

On Feb. 7, a 19-year-old man from Chilliwack was arrested and has been charged with three counts of break and enter, attempt to break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of attempt to commit theft of motor vehicle, possession of a prohibited firearm, two counts of fail to comply with conditions of a court order.

“Agassiz RCMP continue our investigation into the thefts,” adds Rennie. “Following a thorough investigation police will be submitting all circumstances of the investigation in a report to the BC Prosecution Service for their assessment of additional criminal charges.”

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