Police are asking for the public’s help after they say a Richmond home was broken into twice within the span of a week.
On November 18, just after 5:30 pm, front line Richmond RCMP officers responded to “reports of a suspicious occurrence” on the 11000 blocks of Oldfield Avenue.
According to an emailed statement from the Richmond RCMP, two armed suspects dressed and posing as city bylaw officers reportedly “forced their way into a residence.”
“A woman in her 30s was forced to the ground but managed to contact authorities.”
The suspects were able to escape the scene in a dark SUV before police arrived and “despite comprehensive patrols, the suspects remain outstanding.”
A forensic sketch of one of the two suspects has since been released. One of the suspects in question is described as a Caucasian man, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s. He has a tanned complexion, a medium build, light-coloured eyes, and stands at approximately 5’10” tall.
At the time of the incident, he was wearing a hard hat and overalls.
The second suspect does not yet have a detailed description, although police say that he’s a male who also wore a hard hat, coveralls, and had his facial features hidden.
The RCMP adds that the same house was broken into within a week, although it’s unclear whether the break-in was by the same suspects.
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On November 27, at approximately 11 pm, front line officers responded to a break-in at the same residence.
“Suspects broke into the residence through the front door and fled in a U-Haul van with stolen property,” reads a police statement. “The van was later determined to have been stolen.”
Police say that one of the resident’s occupants is known to police and at this point in time, it’s believed that both break-ins were targeted incidents.
“Richmond RCMP is actively investigating these two incidents. We are hoping that someone in the community will be able to recognize the suspect in the composite sketch,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang of the Richmond RCMP. “We remind the community to be cautious and ask for identification and credentials when approached by anyone you are unsure about.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the RMCP quoting file #2019-37989, or by emailing [email protected]. Should one wish to remain anonymous, they can contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS.