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Man arrested after stealing laptops and a safe from BC Firefighters Burn Fund office

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DH Vancouver Staff Jan 18, 2017 4:02 am 757

One man has been arrested after breaking into the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund office and stealing laptops and a safe on January 12.

The arrest came after investigators seized office surveillance video that showed a suspect who was recognized from previous break-ins, as well as a stolen Mercedes leaving the area after the break-in.

Officers located the suspect driving the Mercedes two days after the incident, and with the assistance of a VPD Canine Unit, were able to arrest him when he parked it in Richmond. Various pieces of the stolen property were recovered as well.

And for the suspect, 35-year-old Vancouver resident Matthew Robert Barber, the incident is the latest in a string of break-and-enters that began in late December 2016.

Investigators looked into other crimes in the area, and based on the information collected, they believed one person was responsible for several break-ins.

All told, Barber is facing 10 charges related to alleged break-ins at four Vancouver businesses.

The offences include:

  • Four counts of break and enter,
  • Three counts of possession of property obtained by crime,
  • Possession of property obtained by crime – vehicle,
  • Possession of break-in instruments and mischief.

Barber was scheduled to appear in Provincial Court Tuesday morning.

Detectives continue to look at potential links between these offences, and other thefts in the city.


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DH Vancouver Staff
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