B and E investigation leads Mounties to guitar stolen from Canadian rock band 54-40

AN RCMP investigation of a break and enter led police to a cache of stolen property in Surrey, including a valuable guitar missing since 2018.

In the early evening of January 15, Chilliwack RCMP received a call to report a break and enter of a home in the 47000-block of Mountain Park Drive. Frontline officers on scene noted the theft of electronic devices and vehicle key fobs from the ransacked home.

Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit Property Crime (CRU) and Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team also participated in the investigation. Police promptly gathered evidence to link a person, vehicle and an apartment in the 13700-block of 107A Avenue in Surrey to the break and enter.

On January 17, thieves struck the home on Mountain Park Drive a second time, stealing a family vehicle. RCMP recovered the vehicle in the 9400-block of Victor Street, Chilliwack, the same day.

On January 19, Chilliwack RCMP officers executed a search warrant of the Surrey address. Police later released two people who were arrested.

Officers seized electronics, jewellery, luggage, key fobs, and clothing accessories reported stolen in the January 15 break and enter together with insurance documents, credit cards, firearms with ammunition, personal documents, and electric scooters reported stolen to Chilliwack RCMP from March 2020 to January 2021.

“In total, police recovered an estimated value of over $70,000 of property during the search,” said Cpl. Mike Rail, spokesperson for the UFVRD. “We understand the importance of every item to the owners, however, a guitar seized during the execution of the search warrant provided an unexpected surprise.”

In October 2018, thieves stole seven guitars belonging to the Canadian rock band 54-40 from a cube van parked over night outside of Queen’s Park Care Centre, New Westminster. During their investigation New Westminster Police Department recovered five of the guitars.

Chilliwack RCMP identified a Gibson Dove guitar seized during the execution of the search warrant in Surrey as the sixth missing instrument belonging to the band (see photo).

Following a thorough investigation and review of evidence, the RCMP will forward all circumstances of the investigation in a report to the BC Prosecution Service for their assessment of criminal charges.

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact their local police or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).