West Vancouver – a 49-year-old man from North Vancouver, who is known to police, is facing criminal charges of possession of stolen property, and Breach of Probation after he was found wandering through the Cedardale area, carrying a television.
On February 26, 2021, at 10:30 am, police were called to the area of Inglewood Ave / Burley Dr. for a report of a suspicious person. Moments earlier, the man had been seen in 300 blk Macbeth Cres., carrying what appeared to be a large television inside a cardboard box.
When a nearby resident, who also happens to be a Block Watch captain, first noticed the man, something about him did not seem right. She asked a neighbour to call police.
The first officer on scene located the man walking Southbound on Taylor Way. When the officer activated her emergency lights, the man dropped the television and began running away. The officer took chase and observed him running into a private parking garage.
When the lone officer entered the garage, she confronted the man. He was swiftly taken into custody without further incident.
The television, and other items located in the man’s possession, were determined to be stolen property.
“As a result of a quick-thinking Block Watch captain, this man is now facing criminal charges,” says Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy. “We encourage anyone to contact police, should they observe suspicious activity.”
The man, who refused to identify himself to police, was transported to cells where offender databases were used to confirm his identity.
At this time, officers also discovered that he was in breach of conditions of a Probation Order that prohibits him from possessing tools.
He was later released from custody and is scheduled to appear in North Vancouver Provincial Court in May 2021.