ON Sunday, August 26 at approximately 5 a.m., New Westminster Police patrol officers responded to a call about a suspicious car parked on Churchill Street. When officers attended, they could see a male sleeping in the driver’s seat.
Given the male did not match the description of the registered owner, officers contacted the registered owner who confirmed his car had been stolen overnight.
Officers on scene conducted a tactical arrest of the male occupant, ensuring steps were taken to avoid the male fleeing in the vehicle and causing a pursuit.
“As the suspect slept, officers placed a spike belt in front and behind the vehicle to prevent the driver from fleeing the area,” said Sgt. Justine Thom. “Thankfully, these weren’t needed as the driver was safely taken into custody.”
Bryan Hintz, 33, of Edmonton has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, theft of motor vehicle, and possession of instruments suitable for the purpose of breaking into a motor vehicle.
Officers are appreciative to the person who called police to report the suspicious vehicle. Non-emergency crimes can be reported to the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411. Emergencies or crimes in progress can be shared with police by calling 9-1-1.