A joint-force investigation involving Burnaby RCMP, New Westminster Police and the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team led to the arrest of 18 people and the seizure of numerous weapons and stolen property.
On Thursday, August 14, police executed a warrant at a home in the 7700-block of 6 Street in Burnaby following complaints from the community about alleged criminal activity around the area.
Some of the 18 people living there were believed to be involved in ongoing property and drug-related crimes in Burnaby and neighbouring New Westminster.
The officers took two men into custody, one on an outstanding warrant while the remaining 16 were arrested but later released.
One of the two men taken into custody is facing numerous charges. Police are recommending 23 counts of breach of a court undertaking, five counts of failing to comply with a weapon and/or firearms prohibition order, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and one count of unauthorized possession of an explosive device.
This is a great example of the high level of communication and cooperation between the Burnaby RCMP and New Westminster Police Department to target areas of criminal activity that impacts our two communities. We’re stronger working together especially when we have areas of joint concern, said Chief Superintendent Dave Critchley, Burnaby RCMP’s Officer-in-Charge.
During the search, police seized a stun gun, machetes, 10 swords, nine knives, a switchblade, which is a prohibited weapon in Canada, pepper spray, a crossbow, ammunition, numerous pellet guns, a collapsible baton, a bayonet, low-grade body armour, an explosive device and a .38 calibre handgun which appears to be decommissioned.
Two war medals from Second World War and Vietnam, coin collections, a mountain bike, credit/debit card swipe machine and various identifications were also found.
The City of Burnaby has conducted a property inspection identifying a number of bylaw deficiencies and is in the process of working with the property owner to comply with repairs. The City of Burnaby and the Burnaby RCMP will continue to monitor the property.