Nearly $130,000 worth of clothing has been seized during an investigation by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).
On November 27, police executed a search warrant at a home in east Vancouver’s, near Victoria Drive and 49th E Avenue. According to an emailed statement from the VPD, they “received information that people in the house were selling stolen property.”
Upon investigating the house, police “discovered rooms full of clothing and alcohol.”
The stolen merchandise was reportedly displayed on tables and racks and was meant to be available for purchase by potential customers.
“This is a large quantity of stolen items, and we are working with several retailers to return their property,” says Sergeant Aaron Roed, media spokesperson for the VPD. “Unfortunately, retail theft happens all over the city.”
Two individuals were arrested in relation to the search warrant and seizure, although they were released pending further investigation. Police believe that charges will be recommended in the coming weeks to Crown Counsel.
Sgt. Roed adds that since the beginning of 2019, VPD has investigated nearly 2,000 reported shoplifting incidents.