46 people arrested in Boost and Bust Initiative at Metrotown

FOR four days, March 16-19, Burnaby RCMP’s Community Response Team (CRT), along with several partners, implemented the Boost and Bust Initiative to combat shoplifting at Metrotown.

Over the four days, Burnaby RCMP’s CRT worked closely with Metrotown security, Loss Prevention Officers and Transit Police.

On March 17, the same suspect tried to boost the above property but was busted.

The results of the initiative are as follows:

* 43 police files generated
* 46 arrests made
* 27 offenders face charges
* $4,800 of property recovered
* 3 unrelated outstanding warrants executed
In 2020, the Boost and Bust Initiative was spread over three separate dates. Overall, the initiative resulted in eight arrests and the recovery of just over $3,000 of property.

“Shoplifting and theft negatively affect our entire community,” said Cpl. Mike Kalanj on Tuesday. “By arresting prolific offenders and disrupting this type of criminal activity, we have eased the concerns of many people and businesses in our community.”