Business licence rescinded after Surrey RCMP search uncovers firearm and stolen property on premises

Doug McCallum
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THE City of Surrey has rescinded the business licence of Total Rapid Oil located at 7227 128th Street following a recent investigation by Surrey RCMP that resulted in the seizure of a sawed-off rifle, credit cards, passports and personal authentication information. Two men – Steven Werner, 57, and Movin Nur, 37, both of Surrey – have been arrested and are now facing several criminal charges.

“The decision to rescind the business licence is not only the right action to take but makes it clear that the City of Surrey will immediately take action when criminal activity is alleged to have taken place at a business,” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. “The police are doing their job with their investigations and arrests, and the City will do what is within our purview to shut down businesses associated with criminal activity.”

This investigation was initiated by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) as a follow-up on suspicious activity reported in association to the location of a local oil change business. On February 13, the Surrey RCMP CRU executed a search warrant in the 7200-block of 128th Street.

During the investigation police located a seized a number of items including a large amount of personal identification, credit cards and passports believed to be stolen as well as a sawed-off rifle. Two men are now facing a number of criminal charges.

Werner has been charged with:

  • Four counts of possession of identity documents
  • Possession of a firearm while prohibited to do so
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm
  • Possession of a stolen or forged credit card
  • Possession of property obtained by crime

Nur has been charged with:

  • Three counts of possession of a stolen or forged credit card
  • Two counts of possession, trafficking in, or use of credit card data and personal authentication information
  • Unauthorized use of a credit card
  • Possession of identity documents
  • Fail to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance

“This investigation is an excellent example of the Community Response Unit’s ability to effectively target commercial operations that are being used to victimize our community,” said Staff-Sgt. Winston Shorey, South CRU Commander. “We encourage the public to continue to provide us with tips and information which assists us in our efforts to combat crime in Surrey.”

The Surrey RCMP Community Response Units provide targeted enforcement of problematic areas and individuals identified through intelligence, neighborhood complaints, and crime analysis / trends. They provide uniformed deployment to address crime, nuisance activity, and neighborhood safety through pro-active policing strategies.