Mounties arrest Scrooge who allegedly stole Christmas presents in Surrey

Dec 20 2019, 1:46 pm

A man is in custody after allegedly breaking into homes in Surrey and stealing toys and clothes destined for under the Christmas tree.

Surrey RCMP said the two break-ins happened on December 16 in the area of 61 Avenue and 185 Street. Both involved a man trying to gain access to garages.

Property crime officers, a K-9 unit, and “Integrated Air Services” worked together to bring the man into custody, and were able to recover all the stolen goods.

“This is a season of giving for most of us. But for those that would rather take, well, we’ll be there for you too,” Staff Sgt. Ryan Element said in a news release.

Eugene Lane, 34, of Surrey has been charged with two counts of break-and-enter with attempt to commit theft.

Mounties advised people going away over the holidays to make sure their homes look lived in to discourage thieves.