The owners of a home in West Vancouver are recovering from injuries after a residential robbery turned violent on Monday night.
At approximately 9 pm, the homeowners checked their surveillance system from off-site after being alerted to the break-in at the home under renovation.
Rather than call the police right away, the homeowners decided to take matters into their own hands. They went to the house by themselves and confronted the two female suspects.
A “violent struggle” ensued as a result and police were eventually called to the home in the 1100 block of Crestline Road, but not before the suspects managed to escape in a getaway vehicle.
The homeowners suffered injuries including bites and scratches as a result of the robbery. The suspects’ vehicle sustained extensive damage as it crashed out of the driveway.
Information gathered at the scene led officers to identify a person of interest. Coquitlam RCMP were requested to assist with patrols near an associated residence.
Shortly after 1 am Tuesday morning, Coquitlam RCMP located and arrested a female suspect without incident and a vehicle was seized for further investigation.
The 43-year-old woman was held at West Vancouver Police Headquarters overnight for a first appearance at North Vancouver Provincial Court. Investigators will recommend several charges. A second suspect remains outstanding.
“West Vancouver Police urge residents to contact police immediately if you believe a crime is in progress,” said WVPD Cst. Jeff Palmer in a statement. “Attempting to investigate or confront suspects on your own can place you in extreme danger and can delay police efforts to quickly locate and safely apprehend suspects.”