Vancouver man arrested after open window break-ins

Jul 15 2017, 12:59 am

One man has been arrested after two homes were broken into in a Vancouver west side neighbourhood this month.

The incidents both occurred around 3:30 am, on July 2 and 9, West 25th Avenue and Dunbar Street.

Vancouver police said that in both incidents, the suspect allegedly gained access to their homes through open windows.

In the July 9 incident, residents were at the home, asleep in bed when the break-ins took place.

“We are again reminding the public that many thieves are opportunists. An open door or window, including above the ground floor, can be used by criminals anytime of the day – even if you are home,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette.

“These are preventable crimes. Something as simple as making sure your windows and doors are locked can stop a thief.”

Todd Edward Stephens, a 34-year-old Vancouver resident, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of break and enter.

He is in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 19.

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