Destroyed police bicycle and stolen vehicles lead to arrest
19 May 2017
Officers from the Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit (PCU) recently arrested a suspect connected to a series of thefts and property related offences.
Investigators followed the clues from several intertwined cases starting with an incident on April 21, 2017.
On that date, a suspect was identified by Richmond Bike Unit officers after he was located in a stolen blue 2013 Ford Escape in the 7000 block of Saba Road. This area was already under police surveillance after a series of mail thefts were reported in close succession. In his haste to escape officers, the suspect reversed over one of our patrol bicycles and fled. Our Bike Unit officer was luckily unharmed, but his ride was damaged beyond repair after being crushed and dragged for well over a block.
“This incident could have caused serious or life threatening injuries to one or more of our officers, not to mention innocent bystanders. This coupled with the damage to police property while fleeing, heightened our focus and purpose,” says Corporal Simon Lee of the Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit.
On May 11, 2017, the suspect resurfaced. In this instance, police observed him allegedly driving a stolen 2015 white Toyota Camry in area near Elmbridge Way and Minoru Boulevard, one of the areas experiencing a recent increase in burglaries. Several plainclothes police units have been focusing their efforts in this area.
PCU officers safely arrested the suspect without incident. The Camry was recovered and a subsequent search located burglary tools, stolen mail, various stolen garage door opener remotes, drugs/drug paraphernalia and identification documents. As officers delved deeper into that investigation, several other open cases have been linked.
Richmond Crown Counsel has approved the following charges against Jason Edward Keyes, 30, of Richmond:
- 2 counts of possession of stolen property over $5000 Sec. 355(a) CCC
- 1 count of obstruct peace officer Sec. 129(a) CCC
- 2 counts of break and enter Sec. 348(1)(b) CCC
- 1 count of theft from mail Sec. 356(1)(a) CCC
- 1 count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle Sec. 249(1)(a) CCC
- 1 count of possession of break and enter tools Sec. 351(1) CCC
- 2 counts of identity theft Sec. 402.2(1) CCC
- 1 count of deal with identity document without lawful excuse Sec. 56.1(1) CCC
- 1 count of breach of undertaking or recognizance Sec. 145(3) CCC
Keyes appeared in Richmond Provincial court on Friday, May 19, 2017 and has been remanded into custody till his next appearance later this month.
“This arrest speaks to the dedication and collaboration of all the officers at Richmond Detachment. Collectively, our goal is to collect the best evidence to secure convictions. We will aggressively target property crime through data analysis, enforcement and education. We want thieves to know that our patrol officers and plainclothes officers are out there whether you can see them or not. We want to make Richmond very inhospitable for thieves,” says Supt. Will Ng, Officer in Charge Richmond Detachment.
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