150 charges laid after VPD arrest 26 people for property crimes

Feb 20 2020, 11:47 am

An ongoing Vancouver Police Department project targeting property crimes in downtown Vancouver has resulted in 150 criminal charges against 26 individuals, VPD announced on Thursday.

“Since December, our patrol officers have been working closely with our partners in retail security around the city,” said VPD Const. Tania Visintin. “We have a common goal, and that is to target violent property crime offenders and protect retailers from financial loss.”

Police said that since December 2019, 26 individuals have been arrested and charges in relation to each of the arrests have been forwarded to the Crown.

Charges stem from property crime investigations and comprise Breach of Probation, Theft from Auto, Theft Under $5000, Robbery, Possession of Break-In Instruments, and Possession of Stolen Property.

“Thanks to our partnerships with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and loss prevention officers at multiple retail stores, we have been able to target repeat offenders who threaten retail staff with violence in committing their crimes,” said Visintin.