Four people have been arrested after a series of residential break-ins that have taken place in South Vancouver since early November.
After receiving multiple, similar reports of residential homes being “ransacked,” Vancouver Police launched an investigation in to the occurrences.
“It appears that suspects were circling neighbourhoods looking for potential targets,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette “They would knock on the door, and when no one answered, they forced entry.”
Shortly after the investigation began, officers “quickly” identified possible suspects and on November 30, arrested four people who allegedly had broken into a home in Burnaby.
Now, three Vancouver residents and one man from Victoria are each facing a charge of break-and-enter. The four charged are 33-year-old Brandon Duncan, 38-year-old Ms. Corey Philbrick, 32-year-old Jared Johnson, and 33-year-old Christopher Sparrow.
The property allegedly stolen from the Burnaby break-in was recovered, along with a quantity of purses and jewellery possibly related to other offences.
VPD detectives are continuing their investigation and additional charges are anticipated.
“The VPD is committed to reducing property crime in Vancouver,” said Doucette.
He noted that based on the investigation thus far, “it appears that not all break-ins are getting reported to police.”
The VPD, he said, “have recovered a number of valuable personal items that we would like to return to the owners if linked through a police report. It’s not too late to call.”